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Litigation Solicitor (Maternity Cover)

Employer
Dragon Argent
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£60,000 - £70,000 depending on experience
Closing date
18 May 2024

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Practice area
Civil litigation, Commercial litigation
Contract type
Locum/Contract
Hours
Full time
PQE
2 years, 3 years, 4 years
Position
Solicitor
Sector
In-house

Job Details

OVERVIEW

Dragon Argent is a rapidly growing SRA-regulated professional services firm that specialises in working with high potential SMEs. We have three core disciplines in advisory, accountancy and legal, which we deliver to clients through quality guidance and joined-up expertise at each stage of business growth. Our main focus is to free up founders/our clients by becoming a key and trusted partner through the delivery of quality professional services, allowing them to focus on what they do best.

We are seeking a skilled and experienced Litigation Solicitor to join our team on a maternity cover basis. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a diverse caseload of litigation matters and providing high-quality legal advice and representation to clients. This role requires strong writing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

The role is a mix of office and home working, with our office based at 63 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF, London.

THE JOB OPPORTUNITY

This role is suited to an experienced Litigation Solicitor with 2 to 4 years’ post qualified experience (PQE). We are looking for a bright, highly diligent and pro-active individual who can work on their own initiative and take a commercial and consultative approach to client engagements. You will look forward to interacting directly with all our clients and supporting the business development of the department.

You will be managing a caseload of litigation matters, conducting settlement negotiating and drafting legal documents. You will also work closely with the Head of Litigation to contribute to strategic decision making. Some of our clients and cases have complex requirements so the ability to problem-solve in a broad, commercial capacity is crucial.

You will be motivated by the opportunity to work with and support exciting, tech-enabled startups, often advising founders directly, helping them to solve problems and realise commercial objectives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advise clients on contentious and non-contentious commercial matters, including court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution and commercial agreements.
  • Day-to-day running of cases.
  • Draft court-related documentation, such as pre-action correspondence, pleadings, witness statements.
  • Assist with court preparations such as case bundles, correspondence with the court, instructions to Counsel and general case management.
  • Draft and advise on commercial agreements as required.
  • Assist with intellectual property registrations and documentation to protect clients’ intellectual property assets.
  • Conduct legal research as required.
  • Prepare internal templates and updating in line with changes in legislation, procedures and best practices.

THE INDIVIDUAL WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Qualified solicitor in England and Wales.
  • Essential to have a minimum of 2 years’ PQE.
  • Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven experience in the day-to-day running of cases. 
  • Excellent knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions and experience in the key stages of litigation including disclosure and preparation for disclosure, witness statements, dealing with experts, applications and CMCs.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, ADR strategies and dispute resolution.
  • Experience in and knowledge of intellectual property law is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and organise caseload with limited supervision.
  • Approachable and highly organised (fast-paced and varied role).
  • Enthusiastic to speak to clients, employees and new people.
  • Growth mindset; curious and keen to try new things and learn more.
  • Excellent English – written and verbal.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Competitive salary £60,000 - £70,000 depending on experience.
  • Contributory pension scheme after 3 months.
  • Discretionary annual performance-related bonus.
  • 25-day standard annual leave package plus bank holidays.
  • Additional holiday purchasing (up to 5 days per holiday year).
  • ‘Bank Holiday Swap’ to enable relevant religious holidays to be celebrated.
  • Private healthcare benefits.
  • Life insurance benefits.
  • 24-hour health and wellbeing support through our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
  • Annual eye test.
  • Enhanced family leave policies.
  • Monthly team lunches and quarterly ‘Company Day’ events to connect, share and learn.
  • Retail Discounts (discounts off 30,000 brands including cinemas). 
  • ‘Matched Giving’ program (£500 charity fundraising matched per employee per year).
  • Each voice is heard and valued – open door policy to new ideas and feedback.
  • An employer that promotes individual professional development with career guidance.
  • Environment to grow and create your own career opportunities.

COMMITMENT FROM DRAGON ARGENT

Dragon Argent is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best talent by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace of equal opportunities where you can be recognised, developed and supported. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business, and we look forward to learning more about you and your experience.

Company

WHY DRAGON ARGENT

Dragon Argent believes that with expert and entrepreneurial professional advice, every business can realise its potential. We are passionate about removing barriers to growth and liberating founders to scale and develop their businesses rather than merely managing them. Offering expert advice across advisory, accounting, tax and legal, we have learned to focus on the long term, with our fees and services geared towards a partnership that grows alongside you. Integrated, proactive, expert, and entrepreneurial - Dragon Argent feels like an extension of your startup, scale up or SME.

https://www.dragonargent.com/

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