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Commercial Litigation - Senior Associate

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Dependant on experience
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Practice area
Commercial litigation
Contract type
Full time
5 years, 6 years
Private practice

Job Details

About your new role

Our Litigation team is experienced in handling all kinds of disputes. We act on behalf of large corporates, owner managed businesses, public bodies, insurers, regulatory bodies, and private individuals. Members of all levels of qualification across the team regularly deal with complex, high profile, and sensitive issues across a broad range of litigation with far reaching implications. The team and many within it are recognised in both Chambers and Legal 500.

The Litigation team undertakes a broad range of substantial, challenging work, largely of a contentious nature. You will be required to support the lead partners and senior fee earners on a variety of commercial litigation disputes and independently where appropriate.

You will be provided with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of cases including contractual disputes, corporate disputes, professional negligence, breach of warranty claims and a general broad mix of commercial litigation work. You will be expected to:

  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets KPIs
  • Ensure case management records are maintained
  • Take an active role in business development initiatives including training and networking
  • Assist other lawyers in the team with their work as required including supporting lead advisers and the supervision of more junior lawyers
  • Train, supervise and develop junior team members
  • Produce monthly and ad-hoc client MI reports

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role. You will also ensure that you comply with the relevant Weightmans and client policies and procedures, and consistently work in accordance with our values.

About You

You will be a qualified solicitor, with 5 years+ PQE, and you will have experience of handling a broad mix of commercial litigation disputes. As the role is varied, we are looking for you to have a flexible approach to the work you do and be able to adapt to different tasks. We also require you to have/be:

  • Experience of managing own caseload with limited supervision, depending upon the case and the issues involved
  • An effective communicator
  • A high level of commercial awareness
  • Conscientious, self-motivated, hardworking, responsive, with critical thinking abilities and excellent communication, organisation and analytical skills
  • A methodical, organised approach
  • Passionate about growth, generating work opportunities both internally and externally
  • Passionate about operational excellence generating work opportunities through great service delivery and improving the client experience
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines, tight timetables, targets and client protocols while maintaining high standards in terms of accuracy and quality
  • Excellent attention to detail and concentration
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills

If you meet our criteria and think this is a job where you could bring enthusiasm and commitment, then we look forward to receiving your application.


Weightmans is a Top 40 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer and 10th overall employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2024 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK.

We believe in the power of people, innovation and partnership to provide strategic business insight and deep expertise to a range of private companies, public sector organisations and individuals.

At the heart of our culture and organisation is a simple purpose that informs everything we think, say and do: See the Possibility.

We believe thinking differently allows us to see the possibilities others don’t.

Click here to find out more about industry recognition for excellence, through our achievements, awards and accreditations.

The independent research showed "Weightmans provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation." We are truly committed to fostering a culture of equality and diversity, where everyone in the firm is respected and recognised on merit for the work that they do.

We strongly encourage applications from people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustment at any stage of the application process.

Please feel free to note your preferred pronouns in your application.

Work for a firm where people matter – work for Weightmans.

As well as being immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people we offer a wide range of benefits including;

  • 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part time)
  • Hybrid working including provision of home office equipment*
  • Healthcare cover/ Medicash
  • Pension plan Life Insurance 4 x salary
  • Interest free travel loan scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling, legal and consumer advice service
  • Discounted gym membership Discounted dental scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Offers & discounts Great reward and recognition scheme

*there are a small number of roles that cannot be performed from home, your Recruitment Adviser can confirm.

Please note

  • We encourage candidates to speak to us direct/apply direct for the opportunities we have available.
  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only.
  • We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
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+44 (0)345 073 9900
100 Old Hall Street
L3 9QJ
United Kingdom

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