Senior Associate

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Corporate Restructuring & Advisory
Location: Birmingham or Manchester
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 team of skilled national insolvency and restructuring lawyers has a broad range of experience across the full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring, with particular emphasis on supporting insolvency practitioners, banks and asset based lenders. We provide advice to company directors and businesses operating with financial difficulties, providing bespoke and innovative solutions. We recognise that in insolvency scenarios our clients will need urgent practical advice, which is why we pride ourselves on our fast response times, offering constructive, commercial and clear advice in a straightforward manner, to provide clients with solutions tailored to their objectives.

As well as specialising in non-contentious insolvency issues, we can also deal with insolvency litigation, acting for insolvency practitioners and creditors in recovering funds through the use of corporate and insolvency legislation.

Our excellent national team have recently been shortlisted for the National Corporate Restructuring team of the year award at the Turnaround Restructuring and Insolvency Awards. Our Department Head, James Keates who is recognised in the Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, has become well known as a leading “go to” lawyer for advice on CVAs, particularly in the retail sector, having advised a number of well-known retailers on CVAs over the last 18 months. Sarah Teal leads our Manchester team and works on a variety of complex cases such as advising upon administrations, receiverships, voluntary arrangements and liquidations. She also acts for banks and other financial institutions in relation to appointment considerations, security enhancement and enforcement of their rights.

The role

Due to growth we are now looking for an experienced Senior Associate to join the team in either Birmingham or Manchester, with a focus on the contentious cases that we have.  Acting for household name clients, this role will involve driving and leading on large scale litigation cases,  working closely with the Partners in the team.   

The ideal candidate will be confident running large scale insolvency litigation cases, and supporting banks, insolvency practitioners, private equity holders and asset based lenders on a variety of matters arising from distressed lending, corporate recovery and insolvency.  

We are looking for direct applications, no agencies.

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.