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Associate/Senior Associate - Public Inquiries

Job Introduction

Our Public Inquiries team is part of our Commercial Services Group, sitting within our London office and we currently have an opening available at Senior Associate level.

The team works for clients in the public and private sectors acting on behalf of high-profile governmental inquiries, including sensitive matters of national security or public interest.  The team variously represents witnesses,  core participants or acts for or as  Solicitor to the Inquiry on some of the largest and most high profile inquiries conducted in the UK.

Role Responsibility

As a key addition to our growing team, you will have a fee-earning role (all work undertaken under supervision of partners and other senior team members) which is likely to include the following tasks:

  • Acting as a supporting Solicitor to statutory and non-statutory inquiries
  • Undertaking internal investigations and independent reviews
  • Providing legal advice to the Inquiry Team and contribute to senior relationship management with recognised legal representatives, core participants, witnesses and document providers
  • Handling or leading complex, multi-disciplinary, professional, multi-strand legal or investigative environments
  • Handling or leading complex, large-scale projects, including involvement in delivery of large-scale disclosure/e-disclosure/document production/information management exercises
  • Dealing with Public law challenges, advising on merits of defending judicial review claims and grounds for issuing JR challenges.
  • Advising on litigation related to national security matters
  • Planning, defining and implementing strategies to support delivery against client need
  • Leading and project managing document-heavy review processes to identify key relevant materials
  • Establishing defined programmes of work and monitoring delivery
  • Giving clear and detailed instructions to witnesses to ensure delivery of high-quality evidence
  • Supporting witnesses in advance of giving oral evidence
  • Supervising the work delegated to other team members, adopting a supportive and collegiate approach to the development of others
  • Working flexibly across workstreams and able to delegate tasks to other team members appropriate to their job role level and skill, driving efficiency and maximising available resource

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 and innovation. You will be able to demonstrate a supportive, flexible and driven ethos and will have the following experience and skills: 

• A qualified lawyer of 4+ years PQE. Previous experience of public inquiry work representing a core participant and/or acting for the inquiry itself would be preferred but not essential

• Strong litigation skills and project management skills with experience of managing large scale disclosure exercises and/or working on large scale projects in commercial litigation is essential

• Experience of advising on freedom of information and data protection as well as judicial review and reputational management work would be preferred but not essential

• A creative approach to problem solving with an ability to manage critical issues quickly and effectively 

• A proven and demonstrable ability to manage multiple projects concurrently

• Excellent communication skills and ability to engage with external and internal stakeholders 

• Excellent ability to manage and review information and documentation to a high standard with strong attention to detail

• Keen, motivated team player with the ability to self-start and engage with a varied cross section of fee earners across the business

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

Package Description

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.



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