Associate

PQE: NQ - 3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Practice area: Commercial Dispute Resolution
Location: Guildford
The Firm

Stevens & Bolton is one of the largest firms in the South outside of London and is independently recognised as one of the UK's leading national law firms with top quality clients and excellent work.

The working atmosphere in the firm is positive, supportive, relaxed but professional, and we pride ourselves on a taking a practical, considerate and collaborative approach with both clients and colleagues.

We want everyone at the firm to be happy and fulfilled in their career.  We provide opportunities for continuous learning, growth and development. We also recognise that lawyers value the ability to work flexibly - we have agile working policies to facilitate flexible working and all lawyers have laptops and iPhones as standard issue.

The Role

We are looking for a technically strong, personable, versatile, commercially minded and ambitious lawyer, looking to pursue a career in commercial litigation with us in the long-term.

The commercial litigation team is part of the wider dispute resolution group. It handles a range of complex litigation and international arbitration. It also provides strategic advice on claims avoidance and risk management. It is described in Chambers UK as “diligent, thorough, realistic and outcome focused”.

The work of the team is diverse but key areas are:

  • contract litigation
  • company and partnership disputes, including shareholder litigation;
  • fraud;
  • insurance;
  • claims for injunctive relief;
  • IT; and
  • Professional negligence.

The team’s client base is diverse and ranges from household name PLCs, mid-tier businesses (quoted and owner-managed), international companies and high net worth private clients. Stevens & Bolton LLP has a large amount of international work and the commercial litigation team is no exception, frequently handling or co-ordinating cases with an international element and working with overseas lawyers. The team also works closely with other areas of the firm on contentious matters.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a strong team player with good inter-personal skills, good academics and high quality experience – typically with a major City or leading national/regional practice – who has a commercial approach and excellent technical, communication and negotiation skills.

We offer excellent supervision, coaching and training, but we expect all team members to take responsibility at an early stage and to want to be stretched and challenged. An appetite for business development will be a definite advantage.