Associate / Legal Director - Financial Services Disputes and Investigations
Our market-leading Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) team is one of the UK's largest teams in the field of financial services litigation, comprising over 150 people across Bristol, Manchester, London, Belfast and Glasgow. It is rated by Chambers as being in the top tier of firms outside of London advising in this area.
The Group is led by Jonathan Hoey, who is recognised by Chambers as a 'Leader in his Field'. The team is described as a group of "…talented solicitors advising on a broad range of contentious matters". Clients tell us that the team is "responsive, commercial, cost-effective and very good at scanning the horizon."
The team carries out high value and complex banking litigation, defended mortgage litigation, professional negligence claims, defends claims brought by consumers and businesses, investment banking litigation, international disputes, regulatory, fraud, trade finance, and receivership instructions. We defend reputationally sensitive claims and undertake specialist projects with our clients to help to prevent claims against them in the future.
If you are keen to join this team, we will invest in you. We want you to be successful. You can be based remotely if required, with travel to our Bristol office around once a week.
You will receive bespoke training throughout your career ensuring you have the technical and commercial skills to build an effective and successful practice. You will be part of client teams, ensuring your experience is varied and broad. Through our national service lines you will work with notable clients and become a sector specialist.
Once you are in the role of Associate / Legal Director you will deliver the following:
- Being a key point of contact for one or more strategic clients and being a trusted business advisor to clients
- Providing quality service, supporting the client relationship and helping to secure ongoing business
- Providing competent strategic and commercial legal advice across a range of disputes, including in relation to matters which are high-value, reputationally sensitive, and which can involve short-notice applications
- Managing and supervising a group of solicitors and legal assistants and ensuring they hit their key performance targets
- Developing and encouraging others through support, coaching, guidance and constructive feedback
- Running a caseload for key financial services clients including clearing banks, private banks, building societies and/or niche lenders. Being a senior member of the FSDI team and actively working with the management team to grow the team and practice areas
- Delivering profitable and quality results both for the firm and clients through continued focus on improvement and innovation
- Developing strong working relationships with contacts at key financial services clients
- Being a ‘go-to’ person in one or more areas within financial service litigation
- Actively engaging in business development activities with clients and potential clients.
The Ideal Candidate
Our employees are talented people, distinguished by technical excellence, with a willingness to embrace team working and a passion for client service. You will be able to demonstrate a similar supportive, flexible and driven ethos and will have accumulated the following experience and skills:
- A qualified solicitor with a minimum of five years post qualified experience
- Ideally this will be from a top 100 law firm, with commercial experience
- An ability and enthusiasm to implement highly targeted and effective business development initiatives
- Prior supervision experience is essential
- Experience of managing and developing a team desirable
- Experience in acting in the financial services sector in contentious matters is essential
- Thorough understanding of the CPR and the litigation process
- Keen to establish strong relationships with clients and deliver excellent client service
- Enthusiastic to learn and actively develop their skills
- Willingness to invest time in others to develop more junior team members
- Able to operate effectively under pressure and within a team environment
- Excellent communication and self-management skills
- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines and ensuring team members meet deadlines
- A commercial approach to the development of the firm as a business and ability to drive this forward
- Able to link awareness of marketplace events or trends to long term business opportunities
- Demonstrates understanding of strategic and wider implications of issues.
TLT is committed to creating a diverse working environment and encourages applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any of the characteristics protected by the laws in the locations in which we operate. We welcome applications from people with disabilities and as a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to make interviews and jobs more accessible. Should you have any difficulty during the recruitment process, require any reasonable adjustments or an application to Access to work please contact the recruitment team on HR-Recruitment@TLTsolicitors.com
We value our employees highly and we want you to feel valued. You will receive a competitive basic salary with an annual pay review. As a fee earner if you exceed your targets you will receive a generous annual bonus. You will also have access to an extensive range of benefits via our flexible benefits scheme including 25 days holiday (which will increase to 30 days based upon length of service) and private medical insurance.
About the Firm
We’re an ambitious UK law firm built around the needs of our high profile clients. With over 1000 employees and 100 partners across our six UK offices, we’ve grown considerably in the last three years – and so have our revenues. Open-minded? Definitively. Forward-focused? Absolutely. An energetic firm with an entrepreneurial, collaborative culture, we’re always looking to recruit highly talented individuals with the drive to succeed. So if you’re dynamic, determined and looking for a firm where you can develop your skills, join us and we’ll give you everything you need to thrive.