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Associate

Company Gowling WLG Location Birmingham
Contract Permanent Position Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Legal

Job Description

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do''

 Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

 
  • The work will involve advising and acting for clients in connection with construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure claims and disputes.

  • The following would be expected from the successful applicant:

    • The ability to provide real-time advice to employers, contractors and professionals in connection with:

      • Dispute avoidance;

      • The preparation, presentation and pursuit/defence of claims;

      • The care and conduct of substantial adjudication, litigation (predominantly in the TCC), arbitration, mediation and other ADR proceedings;

      • A good working knowledge of the standard forms of construction and engineering contracts (e.g. NEC, JCT, FIDIC, LOGIC and IChemE)(preferred but not essential);

      • The ability to analyse and interpret bespoke terms;

      • A precise and concise approach to drafting, in terms of both submissions, project correspondence and advice;

      • Contract administration and assistance with key project communications.

    • Daily contact with key clients and the ability to build strong trusted relationships.

    • Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner or Senior Manager of the firm.

  • The role will be based in our Birmingham office, but will require frequent travel to our London office.We would also anticipate that the successful candidate will regularly spend time on-site with clients.

Key skills and experience

Key Skills and Experience:

  • A lawyer with an excellent training background, particularly in litigation.
  • A team-player, who understands their clients' businesses and who has a client-friendly "problem-solving" approach to advice.
  • An ability to analyse and report on complex contractual arrangements and identify key issues.
  • A proactive approach to case management and a willingness to undertake a demanding caseload.
  • A willingness to play a key role in the team's business development activities.

 

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals

 

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