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Senior Associate/Salaried Partner – Commercial Litigation – Manchester

Vacancy details

Due to growth, we are looking for a Senior Associate or salaried partner to join our well-regarded team, working on a range of commercial disputes work.

Our Commercial Litigation team are consistently ranked highly in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, our team have considerable experience in resolving disputes across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Role: Senior Associate/Partner
Location: Manchester
Hours: Full-time
Term: Permanent
Vacancy Reference: 1181-LMR

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.

Day to day, you’ll be successful in this role by:

As a member of this motivated but highly collegiate team you will enjoy a wide variety of dispute resolution work. The team handle claims including contract disputes, director and shareholder disputes, breach of covenant and warranty claims, professional negligence, banking, defamation, fraud, procurement, and partnership for a wide variety of commercial and corporate clients from the UK and overseas.

You will have independent conduct of files and will be responsible for the supervision of more junior colleagues.

The range and quality of our caseload makes it an exceptional base to develop you career in litigation.

Beyond your caseload, we’ll expect you to get involved in a range of business development activities and play a full part as a member of a supportive team. In particular the successful candidate will have an existing portfolio of commercial clients and contacts and will be prepared to take an integral role in developing our commercial team.

It is an integral part of this role that you comply with information security and all firm policies and procedures.

This role is right for you if:

You should be proactive and flexible in working both individually and as part of a team and be able to prioritise a number of different projects effectively. You may have spent some time undertaking professional negligence work, if not, you will have general commercial litigation experience.

Communication will be one of your strong points, both written and oral, and you will be enthusiastic about delivering excellent quality service to your clients. We expect you to be able to use your initiative, and be a forward-planner, anticipating your clients’ needs in advance wherever possible.

We are looking for someone with very good academic achievement wishing to develop their career as a litigator and who also displays initiative, pragmatism, common sense and excellent client skills, who is looking to build a career and develop a reputation within this very strong, friendly and supportive team.

To be successful in the role you will be driven and ambitious with the ability to develop your existing experience in our highly regarded team.
We want to support your career aspirations too and will be looking for the successful candidate to progress quickly to Ordinary and Equity Member status.

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.


If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please send us your CV and covering letter using the form below.

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