Associate or Principal Associate

Role profile: Role Profile Level 4
PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm (including working from home))
Division: Litigation, Transaction and Advisory
Team: Litigation
Location: Glasgow
The Firm

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

Our  Litigation team is experienced in handling all kinds of commercial disputes. We act on behalf of large corporates, owner managed businesses, public bodies, insurers, professional practices, regulatory bodies and private individuals. Members of all levels of qualification across the team regularly deal with complex, high profile and sensitive issues across a broad range of litigation with far reaching implications. The team and many within it are recognised in both Chambers and Legal 500.

The role

The Litigation team undertakes a broad range of substantial, challenging work, largely of a contentious nature. You will be required to support Partners and other case handlers with their caseloads of commercial disputes work. This is a chance to join a well-established and experienced team handling a wide variety of work working with all levels of fee earner and independently where appropriate.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Managing your own caseload, including proactive management of cases with limited supervision
  • Assisting the partners and other case handlers with their caseloads
  • Draft and perform legal research, investigations, etc
  • Attend conferences, court and client meetings
  • Communicate with clients, counsel and other parties
  • Involvement in business development and profile raising initiatives as well as alignment to relevant segment/sector groups
  • Complete client and internal MI procedures
  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets
  • Ensure relevant deadlines, quality measures and KPIS are adhered to
  • Comply with relevant policies and procedures
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role. 

The person specification
  • At least 3 years’ PQE or equivalent
  • Extensive litigation experience with proven technical ability and record of achievement
  • Ability to work to deadlines / targets, to prioritise and manage a caseload and deliver effective solutions
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and on your own initiative with a positive attitude
  • A commercial, solution-driven and client-focused approach
  • Strong legal and analytical skills with an eye for detail
  • Excellent organisation and time-management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible approach and agile working
  • Excellent IT skills
Other Information

Please note:

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.


  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.


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