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Partner / Senior Solicitor

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Criminal Defence
Location: Uxbridge

About IBB

As West London’s leading law firm, IBB enjoys a reputation for representing significant clients in all types of legal matters. Our practice areas span commercial, employment, charities, commercial and residential real estate, family, private client, and community legal services. The firm and its partners are ranked highly by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.The Group Head for Community is Malcolm Underhill. We are one of the leading teams of criminal specialists in the South East.

About the Team

IBB’s Business Crime and Fraud Team sits in the wider General Crime Team headed up by Joanne Gibbons.

The Business Crime and Fraud sub Team is headed up by John Milner who is listed in ‘Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018’. John is experienced in dealing with all aspects of business crime and fraud, including those with an international dimension. Over the past 12 months the team has consolidated its position as one of the leading business and financial crime experts in the area, distinguishable by our increasing presence in the key City financial and corruption investigations.

The team are now looking for an additional senior solicitor or a partner to expand the Business Crime and Fraud offering. Our team (currently consisting of John Milner and one paralegal), typically acts for individuals involved in the most serious and complex investigations conducted by all of the major agencies, in particular the SFO and FCA, CPS and NCA. Recent and current cases include acting for traders in the USD Libor and EURIBOR trials.

This is a new expansion role. The role will provide a high quality legal service to clients on all aspects of business crime and fraud in line with the firm’s standard of performance and pricing policies.

The Firm is only interested in direct applications.  For further information about this position please contact, in confidence, Bhavini Naker (Head of HR) at bhavini.naker@ibblaw.co.uk or apply directly to the role advertised on the careers section of the Firm’s website.

 

 

Key Responsibilities
  1. Helping to develop the firm’s business and profile in this area
  2. Running a business crime and fraud caseload to include:
  • taking initial instructions;

  • dealing with funding and regulatory matters;

  • advising the client and managing their expectations;

  • responding to dawn raids;

  • interviews, compulsory and otherwise;
  • pre-charge advice;

  • securing bail;

  • challenging search warrants and restraint orders

  • planning the case, gathering evidence and managing the case;

  • dealing with the prosecuting authority, counsel, courts and others;

  • preparing defence;

  • managing disclosure;

  • drafting documents;

  • instructing counsel and experts;

  • preparing for and managing the complex trial and managing post-trial and file closure procedures.

3. Ensuring that professional services provided by the team are of the highest quality, that client care standards are effectively maintained, and that work completed meets the appropriate standards. Also, to ensure that the files are maintained properly and that matters are progressed in line with the firm’s standard up to and including billing and file closing.

4. Working within the team to explore opportunities to improve process, communication and speed of service delivery. Looking for innovative ways to achieve competitive advantage and profitability.

5. Providing support where necessary to the team when required.

6. Taking responsibility for delegating work where appropriate; providing guidance on legal issues for more junior members of the team where appropriate; managing cash and disbursement control and working on ad hoc projects as and when required.

7. Developing the team capability including: looking for ways to innovate with existing streams of ancillary work; building your own personal reputation and building eminence for the firm by; developing existing and new contacts and referrers of work; regularly contributing material to the firm’s website; joining relevant associations and seeking out positions of responsibility to support your personal ambitions to become or maintain your position as a leader in your field; taking responsibility for preparing and delivering your Chambers and Legal 500 submissions and encouraging others in the team to build the team reputation.

8. Utilising organisational and interpersonal skills so that: work is prioritised and progressed as efficiently as possible; new business is effectively introduced and managed into the firm; the other partner / senior in the Team is sufficiently aware of your workload and specific issues which arise on your matters and you maintain a flexible and proactive approach to work and good working relationships with external institutions including clients and any professional referrers to promote IBB’s brand in the marketplace.

9. Understanding our client’s wants and delivering bolder, brighter, better solutions.

Person Specification

Qualifications

  • You will be a solicitor, qualified to practice in England and Wales and hold a current clean practising certificate from the SRA. 

Skills and Experience

  • You will have a network of contacts that regularly refer business to you ( if you are currently at partner level now you will be able to justifiably demonstrate a solid following and will be asked to put forward a business case if successful at one stage of the interview process)
  • Indicatively, you will be at least 4 years post qualification, with sound experience in this practice area of legal work which will also be demonstrable through good knowledge and understanding of legal practice and procedures relating to business crime and fraud, including running a case from initial enquiry to conclusion. 
  • Ability to provide supervision and support to juniors including answering technical questions and supporting development.
  • Commercially minded
  • A commitment to the highest quality standards together with an eye for detail
  • A flexible approach and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Proven communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to the audience.
  • IT literate including proficient with Microsoft applications and self-sufficient in using document management systems and the internet as business tools.

 

Brand Values

You will be expected to demonstrate our brand values:

We are positive

  • Role model behaviour
  • Ensuring that you demonstrate exemplary standards of compliance

We are engaged

  • Firm - Team - Me mentality
  • Participation in practice management initiatives
  • Consistently achieving/over achieving against your individual performance objectives and targets (set at regular reviews)
  • A commitment to own learning and development through attendance at and delivery of training courses, seminars and technical updates

We care

  • Excellent client relationship skills

We are united

  • Contributing to your team to perform to budget
Remuneration

Competitive