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Dispute Resolution Associate/ Senior Associate – Banking & Finance

Commercial Litigation

Bristol, Exeter, or Plymouth

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We are looking for an experienced Associate or Senior Associate (4 PQE +) to join our Commercial Litigation team, with a focus on banking sector clients in combination with other work. Supporting Mark Rhys-Jones, James Gliddon 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 commercial litigation lawyer with experience in banking litigation and receivership work, you will be self-motivated and confident to work with relative independence on a range of client matters. As a team, we pride ourselves on being collaborative and communicative, and you'll be provided with the opportunity and support to develop your skills with increasingly complex and high value work from the outset.

With proven rapport building and relationship development skills, you are motivated to provide excellent client service and will have already begun to create a name for yourself by making strong networks and connections with banks and receivers in your region. We will support you to develop and grow this area of practice further by engaging with new clients and networks whilst enhancing established client relationships. Our clients range from large multinationals and financial institutions through to local owner-managed businesses and SMEs and we advise regularly on both domestic and international disputes. Clients include Welsh Water, Welcome Break, Ovo Energy and a well-known high street bank.

You'll appreciate the importance of work being done at the right level and may be accustomed to supervising junior fee earners in seeking to achieve this. Joining an established team of 25 people, you will be working alongside qualified lawyers who are specialist in commercial litigation matters, with trainee and paralegal support. Our Commercial Litigation team, as part of the wider Disputes Resolution group, shares work and resources seamlessly across locations, giving variety and opportunity to our lawyers to gain a range of different experiences. Our lawyers have a depth of experience and insight acting for clients in both claimant and defendant roles, often balancing regulatory compliance, media scrutiny and “bottom line” commercial drivers.  We always consider wider industry circumstances, organisational requirements and priorities, enabling us to provide appropriate, commercially aware and holistic advice in response to our client's individual situation.

What we're looking for

With experience in a similarly sized or larger firm working with a range of commercial clients, you will have gained a strong grounding in general Commercial Litigation work, as well as some exposure to banking litigation more specifically. As such, you accustomed to running your own caseload, working independently where you feel comfortable doing so whilst seeking support on more complex matters. You will be highly motivated and keen to progress and develop your career with a focus on banking litigation, being enthusiastic to expand your profile and networks amongst the banking and receivers community. 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 ambitious and enthusiastic team, we will support you to continue developing your profile and progressing your career over time.

With your level of experience, you will probably be 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 complex and challenging area of law.

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. Tailored to match the level you're working at, we encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with private medical insurance for all lawyers, 28 days annual leave and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. Employees can also buy holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

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, Foot Anstey believes 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 solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, 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 operate from seven locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021.  We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities and goes way 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 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.

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