Senior Dispute Resolution Lawyer – Banking & Finance
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We are looking for an experienced Senior Lawyer (Managing Associate or Legal Director) to join our Commercial Litigation team, with a focus on banking sector clients. 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 leading and developing new and existing client relationships, enhancing our profile and reach across the UK.
What you'll do
With considerable experience as a commercial litigation lawyer with specific expertise in banking litigation and receivership work, you will be accustomed to managing your own high value caseload. 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. You are enthusiastic to drive and develop your practice, seeking out opportunities to connect with receivers and wider referral networks, with a focus on engaging with new clients whilst strengthening relationships with existing ones. Our clients range from banks, financial institutions and large multinationals through to local owner-managed businesses and SMEs and we advise regularly on both domestic and international disputes.
Our clients enjoy working with us because we take time to understand their business aims in order to provide them with commercially insightful, tailored and timely advice when they need it. You will naturally find yourself horizon scanning to keep up to date with the latest developments impacting on banking and financial litigation, whilst continually identifying and pursuing opportunities which may open up new workstreams for you, or for other teams within the firm. An expert in your field, we will actively support you in engaging with clients in high level discussions which will progressively expand and diversify our offering over time.
You'll appreciate the importance of work being done at the right level and will 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, with extensive, recent exposure to banking litigation more specifically. As such, you are 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 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.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team. Contact us at [email protected] and we will come back to you as soon as we can.
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 now operate from eight locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as a 'hub' base in Oxford.
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. If you apply for this role you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.
Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.