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Banking Litigation Senior Associate (5 years + PQE)

Commercial Litigation

Plymouth, Exeter or Bristol

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We are looking for an experienced lawyer (at least 5 years PQE) to join our Commercial Litigation team, with a particular focus on banking litigation and receivership work. Supporting Mark Rhys-Jones and the wider Dispute Resolution group, you will be joining a highly regarded team and play a key role in helping shape and develop client relationships, enhancing our profile and reach across the UK.

What you'll do
An experienced disputes lawyer with experience in banking litigation and receivership work, you will already have (or will have begun to create) a profile for yourself in this specialist area of practice. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic about working in a friendly team with developing or strong networks and connections with banks and receivers. As well as supporting the team generally, we will support you to help develop and grow our receivership practice. You may have broader experience of insolvency litigation too, which would be beneficial but is not essential. Our clients range from high street banks to more specialist lenders as well as many receiver clients.

With your experience, you'll appreciate the importance of work being done at the right level, in the best interests of the client. You will benefit from being part of an established team of 25 people, working alongside qualified lawyers who are specialist in banking and commercial litigation matters, plus trainee and paralegal support. You will have the opportunity to support the development of the team, supervising juniors and enabling them to benefit from your skills and expertise.

What we're looking for
With at least 5 years' experience post-qualification, you will have gained a strong grounding in banking litigation and receivership work. You will be highly motivated and keen to progress and develop your career, being enthusiastic to expand your profile and networks amongst the banking and receiver community, in the South West region especially. Ambitious and adaptable, you will have begun to create a presence in your local networks and have an active interest in business development, enhancing your own profile along with that of our firm. As part of an enthusiastic team, we will support you to continue developing your profile and progressing your career over time.
You will be accustomed to supervising and supporting the development of junior fee earners in your current role and be positive and approachable in doing so. We consider ourselves to be a high performing, welcoming and inclusive team, and your first-class communication skills will enable you to become a key member, gaining the trust of a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. In this role, you will have exceptional opportunities to develop strong and lasting client relationships, and you will be personally motivated and enthusiastic about this prospect, with a view to building or extending your profile in this challenging and interesting area of law.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

 As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, we believe in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver the right solutions at the right time.  We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions, and we think how we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients:

  • collaboration over convention
  • championing aspiration
  • being refreshingly human
  • embracing entrepreneurial spirit
  • delivering integrated thinking

 

We're proud to have grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Retail & Consumer, Financial Services, Energy & Infrastructure, Media & Entertainment, Developers and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from seven bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

At Foot Anstey our people, like our values, are at the very heart of our business. We work hard to help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. Wellbeing matters to us and our people enjoy a range of benefits which we think are a bit special, such as the weekly Lifestyle Hour to use as you wish, and our Family Hour option which makes a day of annual leave go so much further across the year.

Being forward thinking, we are continually offering opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy. We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment where everyone can feel valued and rewarded. Understanding that being flexible makes us stronger, we actively encourage a variety of working patterns for most of our vacancies, dependent upon the needs of the team, and over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern. 

Throughout the pandemic, most of our people have been working on a flexible, remote basis, and as we work towards a 'new normal' we anticipate a gradual return to our offices over the upcoming months in line with Government guidance.

 

The recruitment process

 Your time is precious and we fully appreciate what goes into applying for one of our roles. As such, we strive to acknowledge your application immediately and respond within 7 days regardless of outcome.  We review applications on a rolling basis and don’t use closing dates for our roles as a result of this. Once shortlisted, we typically undertake a two-stage interview process, and naturally much of this is done via Microsoft Teams, though some in person interviews and meetings are beginning to take place. Our Recruitment Team will support and guide you throughout the process, ensuring you receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is central to our business, and essential to delivering our strategy, so we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021.  It is right at the heart of our priorities.  This goes beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership.

We are committed to ‘powering your ambition’, which defines and sets us apart as a firm. It means that we aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.

 

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