Term: Contract
Duration: 12 month fixed term contract
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Asset Based Lending
Location: Northampton
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our Recoveries Services Group provides a complete range of debt recovery services utilising cutting edge technology and with specialists dealing with different debt types, all operating under a centralised management structure allowing us to deliver consistently excellent service.

We act for a wide variety of captive and non-captive lenders.

Our specialist team of asset finance litigators is trained to deal with asset finance recoveries using commercial strategies and to engage with the customer at an early stage of proceedings. We deal with all cases, from routine undefended matters to large complex cases.

Within the asset finance recoveries team we have our own negotiations team, comprising experienced collections staff who engage with customers by telephone and seek to agree sensible repayment terms before legal proceedings are issued.

We also have a complaints team made up of experienced collections staff. This team deals with our clients' complaints and for a fixed fee will seek to engage with the customer to resolve the dispute, whether it concerns the satisfactory quality of the asset, title or a lien. We are able to bring objectivity to complaints resolution and reduce the number of complaints being referred to FOS.

The role

Shoosmiths are seeking an Executive Case Handler to join a newly-created team as a result of a new client being brought in by the Asset Finance Recoveries Team. As an Executive Case Handler, you will join a reputable department that has been named Legal Team of the Year - Motor Finance Awards for 7 consecutive years and Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a new client in order to assist with the recovery process, therefore you will have the opportunity to help coordinate the team alongside the Team Leader, ensuring that the targets and service level agreements are being met. 

Main responsibilities


  • Dealing with non work-flowed cases
  • Draft non standard correspondence of a technical nature competently
  • Run cases effectively and efficiently in accordance with the current legislative and regulatory requirements to include progressing cases on all tracks to trial
  • Seek and carry out your client's instructions as appropriate
  • Provide commercially and legally accurate advice in a timely manner
  • Provide technical advice to the team
  • To assist in the preparation and delivery of training internally and to clients
  • To supervise case handlers on an ad-hoc basis
  • Update case reports as appropriate


  • Assist the Team Leader in undertaking audits, providing supervision , 1-2-1s and PDRs as appropriate
  • Assisting the Team Leader with client requests and queries
  • Supervise other team members as appropriate
  • Manage workloads for the team
  • Assist in the production and submission of management information internally and to clients

General responsibilities

  • Supporting the Team Leader and senior managers in providing recoveries services
  • To be familiar with and follow the Unit's policies, procedures and processes
  • Comply with all of the RSG and the firm's policies and all regulatory requirements
  • Control and manage your workload effectively and efficiently using the relevant case management systems and IS resources and processes appropriately
  • Be responsible and accountable for your workload including meeting internal and client SLA requirements
  • Be aware of associated areas of law impacting the Unit's delivery of its service
  • Recognise any potential issues in cases and refer these appropriately
  • Attend and complete any training in a timely manner
  • Attend internal and external meetings as required and assist in implementing changes to any Unit procedures.
  • Liaise with other internal teams as appropriate
  • Assist the Unit in achieving financial targets, other KPIs, management information and meeting budgets.
  • Support the Unit with marketing initiatives when required and collating management information.
Skills and qualifications
  • Previous litigation and debt recovery experience
  • Ability to manage own caseload and run cases effectively and efficiently in accordance with the current legislative and regulatory requirements to include progressing cases on all tracks to trial
  • Be responsible and accountable for your workload including meeting internal and client SLA requirements
  • IT literate with experience of using Word, Excel and the internet
  • Ability to deal with difficult telephone conversations with any of the key stakeholders in the recoveries process confidently and calmly and refer if appropriate
  • Good written, numeracy and oral communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise, be organised and efficient
  • Flexibility with the capability to adapt to change, new practices and cope under pressure but with the ability to recognise when to seek assistance
  • Able to integrate within a team and able to work on your own initiative
  • Friendly and helpful approach
Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.