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Partner – Contentious Construction – All offices

Vacancy details

An opportunity for an established Contentious Construction Partner (ideally with a following) to join and help to lead our highly successful team.

As a Partner in our well-regarded Construction team, we will support and encourage you to get involved in business development activities and become embedded into your client sectors, as well as nurturing and extending existing client relationships. This role will focus your technical and client management skills with access to challenging and varied work, working alongside highly respected leading practitioners.

Our Construction team is described as having ‘a comprehensive understanding of the industry coupled with strong commercial awareness to providing focussed, proactive legal advice’ by Chambers UK. The national construction team is led by Priscilla Hall with James Driver leading the contentious side of the practice.  Being  based in Bristol, you will work closely with not only the members of our Bristol construction team, but also with our construction teams in other offices.

Role: Partner – Contentious Construction
Location: Any office
Hours: Full-time
Term: Permanent
Vacancy Reference: 813-LBL

Who we are

You’ll be joining a national law firm that enjoys a strong reputation, made possible by our exceptional people – each chosen for their industry knowledge and passion for their field. We want to help you to reach your full potential, love the work you do and deliver the best results for your clients. It’s our goal to make you feel great about working with us, and we work hard to cultivate a culture that makes it easy for you to stay with us for many years.

We work flexibly and you’ll be empowered to work where you do your best work, balancing your individual needs with the need for us to engage as teams and deliver excellent client service.

Most of our people choose to work in a hybrid fashion, working from home and attending our offices on occasion. Our offices are in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton, and Taunton.

This role is right for you if:

You are someone with talent, ambition and a proven track record and expertise in Contentious Construction work.

With at least 8 years of post-qualification experience, you will have established strong client relationships within the South West and, very probably, a degree of following. You will have developed strong business development skills and have a vision about how to grow your practice.  We will however consider applicants with less qualification experience but who can demonstrate the qualities we are looking for.

You will need to be technically excellent but equally, commercially aware. You will need to be a team player with a client focussed approach and a keenness to become involved in business development activities within the team as a whole, having built up strong professional connections.

We value hard working team players, but equally value and promote a positive culture with a strong work-life balance. Yes, there are deadlines to meet, but we do not believe that long hours are healthy or produce great client service. We look for well-rounded teams and individuals, as do our clients.

What we can offer you:

A career at Clarke Willmott will feel different to other law firms. We thrive on our individual differences and diversity because as a team, we are united by our shared values and mutual respect. Working with us you will feel empowered, valued and free to be yourself in a safe and supportive environment.

Our mission is to help you realise your full potential whilst maintaining a positive work-life balance. We provide a comprehensive learning and development programme and a range of wellbeing initiatives to support your career journey.

There’s no doubt we expect the best from our people and even the occasional extra mile. In return, your dedication and commitment to the continued success of the firm will be rewarded with a comprehensive range of flexible benefits.

Listen to what a few members of our team have to say about what life here at Clarke Willmott is really like, to see if it’s the right fit for you.


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