PQE: NQ - 2
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Shipping
Location: Ipswich
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Our Shipping and International Trade Team provides specialist advice for ship owners, charterers, P&I and Defence Clubs, international traders, freight forwarders, marine insurers, brokers and inspection companies. We are the only East Anglian law firm ranked in the top tier by the Legal 500 for our shipping practice.

Our team has wide experience of acting in complex, high value multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes for UK and international clients in all major jurisdictions.

Purpose of job

The large majority of the work would involve disputes/litigation, divided broadly into claims both before the Commercial Court and in London arbitration:

  • dry shipping (Charterparty and Bills of Lading)
  • international sale contract
  • ship sale and purchase
  • marine insurance
  • road transport and logistics
The candidate

This is an opportunity for a NQ to 2 year pqe solicitor to join the highly regarded shipping litigation team, which is looking expand its busy disputes practice.  

The successful candidate will have some experience within shipping / international trade, or be a litigation solicitor dedicated to re-training into this sector. 

Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.