Solicitor, Dispute Resolution
To provide high quality, legal advice and representation at Court and Tribunals to our clients. To assist the firm in achieving its stated professional objectives by developing the business unit.
- Meeting and interviewing clients to provide advice, take and then carry out instructions in a professional and timely fashion;
- Advising clients on legal issues across a wide range of commercial litigation/dispute resolution matters, including debt recovery, insolvency litigation, property litigation, housing matters and First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber matters, and commercial contract disputes;
- Preparing for and appearing at Court, including conducting procedural hearings, debates and Proofs and appearing at the Frist Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber hearings;
- Operating independently to manage your own caseload, with particular regard to the timely completion of work and with awareness of key dates and deadlines;
- Assisting other team members with their workload depending on each person’s capacity and so on;
- Participating in seminars, talks and events run by the department to demonstrate the firm's suitability to provide services and advice to audiences including other professionals and potential clients;
- Explaining the firm’s fees to clients in a clear manner ahead of carrying out work and managing clients expectations in this regard;
- Explaining clearly to clients the risks involved in litigating and ensuring that they are fully aware of the implications of any instructed course of action;
- Working closely with other departments in the firm to provide dispute resolution input when required;
- Introducing new clients and contacts to the department/firm and participating in networking and business development events;
- Preparing blogs, articles and case reports for publication on the firm’s website, on social media and for the wider press;
- Keeping the department’s current case list database updated;
- Assisting in debt recovery work for the firm in suing clients for fees;
- Making cross referrals to colleagues in other parts of the business;
- Assisting trainees with a seat in the department;
- Working closely with colleagues in the team across all offices and attending department meetings;
- Keeping fully up-to-date with the relevant areas of law and practice;
- Keeping fully up-to-date with and to comply with the solicitor’s rules of conduct;
- Attending external and/or internal training courses as appropriate;
- Keeping CPD records up to date and comply with the compulsory CPD requirements.
- Adhering to Blackadders policies and procedures and Law Society of Scotland Regulations, including Money Laundering, etc.
- Ensuring time recording policies are complied with , preparing and issuing fee notes and assisting the firm in its credit control function;
- Ensuring that Safe Working Practices are adhered to, in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation and Blackadders LLP.
To work and behave in a professional manner and within the highest ethical and other standards of the profession.
Comply with procedures set out in the office procedures manual, professional standards and any requirement set by the Law Society of Scotland.
To ensure monetary transactions are dealt with efficiently and in accordance with Anti money laundering regulations.
To maintain the strictest standards of client confidentiality at all times.
Performance Measured By:
- Conducting matters on behalf of clients to their satisfaction.
- Careful file management and the keeping of detailed contemporaneous attendance notes of all work done on behalf of our clients.
- Compliance with time recording requirements and reaching financial targets.
- Working knowledge and use of necessary discipline of law.
- Efficiency in dealing with work and accuracy of work produced.
- Ability to work with initiative; maintaining a flexible and responsible approach
- Personal development and contribution to the overall objectives of the firm
- Good attendance and timekeeping
- Contribution to the firm in increasing its profile and that of the team
- Obtaining repeat work from clients and introducing new clients and contacts to the firm
There may be the requirement to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations would not of themselves justify the re-evaluation of a post. In cases, however, where a permanent and substantial change in the nature of the duties and responsibilities of a post occurs consistent with a higher level of responsibility, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.
Job Title: Solicitor
Date: February 2019
Division: Business Services Group
Unit: Dispute Resolution
Responsible to: Partner, Ryan McKay & Partner, Stephanie Carr (Glasgow)
No Agencies please