Closing date: 19/06/2019
PQE: NQ - 3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Dispute Resolution
Location: Birmingham
The firm

Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 50 law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country.

As enterprising and original thinkers, we’re driven to create exceptional experiences for our clients and our people. We handle personal and business-critical issues and game-changing deals across many dynamic sectors. It’s stimulating and rewarding.

We’re hardworking and deeply ambitious about creating opportunities for our employees; to move forward and achieve our ambition together. We provide an environment in which you’re supported to reach your potential.

Our people have a blend of excellent technical and business skills with the talent to do things differently.

Here you’ll find top quality work, cutting edge training, high profile clients, and supportive colleagues. We think it could be time you joined us.

The team

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group has a long-standing experience of working with some of the most successful and influential businesses in the UK and also internationally. Our specialist teams combine expertise with a sound understanding of the commercial landscape to provide exceptional solutions for every aspect of our clients’ corporate requirements.

Our Dispute Resolution team deals with all types of commercial disputes, in particular complex and high value commercial and contractual litigation, as well as corporate disputes and professional negligence claims. The team also specialises in injunctive work and education related disputes. We pride ourselves on our technical expertise and resources to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients, ranging from large household names and multi-million pound turnover companies to small owner managed businesses. We also have particular expertise in the education and energy sectors.


The role:

We are looking for a 0-3yr PQE Solicitor to join our Dispute Resolution team based in Birmingham, part of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.

You will work within your team to provide a quality service to clients in dispute resolution matters for mainly commercial, corporate clients, including public and private companies, public authorities, (which include universities), retailers and other household names.

Your key duties will be:

  • liaising with clients and colleagues in a professional manner
  • providing assistance to a team of experienced lawyers on a broad range of dispute resolution work
  • building up caseloads of straight forward cases
  • handling queries and enquiries efficiently
  • maintaining good file management
  • working to strict deadlines

Skills and experience you will have:

  • up to 3 years’ previous experience gained in litigation and dispute resolution experience working within a law firm (for Newly Qualified candidates, significant relevant experience gained during your training contract is essential)
  • previous experience of working in a commercial team that handle high-value commercial litigation caseloads
  • a good grounding and interest in litigation and its processes
  • a strong academic background
  • strong IT skills

Key competencies you will need:

  • to enjoy the academic challenge of resolving technical disputes
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • the ability to work in a busy team
  • excellent communication skills

About you – you will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership of this
Additional information

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.