Commercial Dispute Resolution Associate

PQE: 1-3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Commercial Dispute Resolution
Location: Oxford
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

Our dispute resolution team deals with a broad cross-section of cases from major cross-border disputes that threaten the existence of a company and judicial review work to advising on the choice of dispute resolution clauses in contracts and mediating to resolve long-running, intractable cases.

We take care to understand the client’s objectives before devising and implementing an effective strategy tailored to their needs. When the interests of a client are best served by pursuing litigation vigorously, we consistently achieve good results but we also have a strong record of success in the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as mediation.

In the field of professional practices we have an excellent reputation for our work in advising on the full range of general partnership and LLP matters, including incorporation, restructuring, partner departures and insolvency.

Our clients range from multi-national corporations, regulatory bodies and trade associations to  banks and other financial institutions, educational establishments and companies involved in group actions. We are increasingly working with international law firms, accountancy firms and corporates to provide clients with global solutions across multiple jurisdictions – particularly in India, the US, Europe and the Caribbean.

The Penningtons Manches Cooper dispute resolution team and its members are recognised for their expertise in acting and advising on contentious matters in Chambers UK  and The Legal 500.

Summary of role

We are looking for an associate with 1-3 years’ PQE join our commercial dispute resolution team, to be based in either our Guildford or Oxford office.  The successful candidate will focus on a broad range of litigation and insolvency matters to include contractual claims and enforcement, personal and corporate insolvency (pre-petition and pre insolvency events, injunction threats and advisory work).  This role would suit an associate looking for superb quality of work and an unparalleled opportunity for career progression.

Essential and desirable criteria

Required qualifications, skills and experience

  • Admission to the Roll of Solicitors.

Main purposes

  • To undertake fee-earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the division.
  • To contribute to the successful development of the firm in line with the business plan and firms commonality of purpose.
  • To deliver a high quality commercial legal service ensuring personal compliance with quality standards and professional ethics.
  • To be an ambassador for the firm at all times and always promote it in a positive light.

Main responsibilities and competencies

  • To be achieving the competencies for an Associate relevant to level of experience