PQE: 1-2
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Marie-Louise King, Partner and Robert Paydon, Partner
Team: Commercial Dispute Resolution
Location: London
The firm

Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients.

In the last year alone we have:

  • Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion
  • Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings
  • Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy
  • As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion.

However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.


The role

The successful candidate will assist in matters led by partners and handle their own case load subject to partner supervision. The work will involve advising clients at a pre-action stage on prospective claims, and advising and representing clients throughout any proceedings. You will assist partners and senior solicitors in their conduct of matters, undertaking legal research and preparing advice notes, drafting (letters, applications, witness evidence, statements of case, instructions to counsel), undertaking disclosure exercises, assessing and summarising documentary evidence, preparing bundles for counsel and for court, and file management. 

You will also be involved in business development activities alongside the partners and senior solicitors, ‎including article writing, presentations and attending client events.

The team

Presently consists of 2 partners, 1 solicitor and 2 trainee solicitors, within the larger LDR department, totalling 3 partners, 12 fee-earners, 3 trainee solicitors and an admin support team.

Client base and type of work

The commercial disputes team acts for a broad client base, including clients in the private sector (ranging from owner managed businesses to large national and multi-national companies and other professional services businesses), the public sector and third sector, as well as high net worth individuals.

Clients come from a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, sport and leisure, social housing, and insolvency, to name a few.

The types of matters in which the team is typically instructed include complex contractual disputes, professional negligence disputes, contentious insolvency matters, judicial reviews, and reputation management (privacy, defamation, and claims concerning confidential information).

Aims of the department

We aim to deliver an expert service, with high quality advice, at good value for money, working collaboratively within the team and with colleagues throughout the firm. We aim to raise our external profile through quality of service, business development initiatives and networking. 

Candidate specification

Strong academic background, good work ethic, excellent written and oral communication skills, versatility to support partners and senior solicitors and manage own workload, ability to manage competing demand at times of pressure, such as urgent court applications and preparations for trial, responsiveness to direction and strong organisational skills, ability to provide quality of service meeting client demands, and a genuine interest in and dedication to a career in commercial litigation and at Winckworth Sherwood.

Recent work highlights

Acting for Crossrail Limited in its successful defence of judicial review proceedings (in the High Court and Court of Appeal) in connection with its land disposal policy.

Acting for DMK in a privacy action against News Group Newspapers Limited publishers of The Sun), obtaining an injunction preventing The Sun publishing information identifying DMK as the Defendant in related Chancery Division proceedings.

Acting for high profile and public figures in a claim to recover confidential information and property misappropriated by an employee.

Acting for solar developers in project development disputes, including obtaining asset freezing injunctions.

Acting in High Court proceedings concerning claimed rights under a complex series of contracts, with parallel proceedings in US Federal and State courts ongoing at the same time. 

Advising a well-known international business in high value proceedings concerning its claims for breach of a supply agreement.

Acting for various clients registering and enforcing foreign judgments in this jurisdiction.

Advising an individual concerning  misfeasence proceedings brought against him by a liquidator.