About the organisation and job:
Associate – Litigation / Insurance & Risk (Shipping and Marine) – Brodies LLP. Based in Edinburgh but with flexibility across our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. Reporting to Duncan MacLean, Partner.
Brodies LLP currently has an opportunity for a solicitor at Associate level or above to join our Shipping and Marine team in Edinburgh, in our Insurance and Risk Division, to act for a wide variety of clients in the sector across both contentious and non-contentious business.
- The candidate will ideally be Scottish qualified, but we will also consider those qualified in England and Wales who have experience of practising there.
- The candidate should be interested in the shipping and marine sector and be able to convey that interest enthusiastically to clients as we continue to develop our top-rated team.
- Variety – This is a key attraction of the role. This role is a sectoral one, so you will have the opportunity not only to work for our leading marine insurer clients and for vessel owners, operators and others in the industry in handling personal injury, regulatory issues and other claims and litigation, but also to work with the team and others in the firm for owners, charterers, shipbuilders, banks, ports and others in transactional work such as new building, sale and purchase and chartering. This will develop and grow your understanding of the breadth of the sector.
- The candidate should have exposure to a very wide variety of clients in the sector, many of them operating internationally, so although the role is based in Scotland it has a much broader reach.
- Experience of handling arbitrations and disputes outwith Scotland would be beneficial although not essential. You will be flexible and adaptable.
- The candidate will be experienced in dealing directly with the insurer and insured clients as part of a team, and in providing concise, prompt and pragmatic advice.
- The candidate will have experience of assisting clients in responding to and investigating accidents and the regulatory investigations that follow them.
- The candidate will develop relationships with clients so that they see you as part of a team of trusted advisors.
- The candidate will be involved in face to face contact with many clients. The role includes dealing with high value and sometimes high profile cases and transactions in the sector. You will work closely with partners in a flexible and open team.
As well as representing clients in the Sheriff Court, including ASPIC, and the Court of Session, you may be involved in various types of ADR, settling cases through negotiation or mediation for example. Experience and/or an interest in arbitration are an advantage but not essential.
Blue chip clients -Brodies LLP will act for many of the world’s leading marine insurers, including those in the International Group P&I Clubs, as well as London and international underwriters.
They ensure vessels worldwide which operate in or trade to or from Scotland.
We are instructed for ferry operators, shipbuilders, companies operating vessels in the oil & gas sector, in the fishing sector, by banks funding new vessels, and others operating in the wider transport sector. You will have the opportunity to meet and strengthen relationships with clients and understand how Brodies can contribute to them achieving their business goals.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their network of contacts within the industry in Scotland and more widely, and of course to get to know and be trusted by the Team’s key clients.
Brodies offers an in-house training programme, and clearly defined career paths and our ambitious growth plans offer significant opportunities for career advancement. Team training will include key industry legislation and practice so that you understand and talk the client’s language.
- Provide assistance to partners dealing with large and complex claims and transactions.
Handle your own caseload including investigating and defending litigated personal injury and other claims against owners and operators.Handle a variety of general commercial claims and advice in the sector.
- Advocacy in the Sheriff Court and other forums.
Representation of client in their dealings with their regulators and other statutory bodies.
- Actively participate in the business development of the team and get to know current and prospective clients.
- Operate within the firm’s case management system.
- Works effectively with other team members, in the direct team and across the firm more widely.
- Able to work as part of a team on larger cases.
- Takes responsibility for their own caseload subject to supervision.
- Works to understand the team and wider department’s key clients, the industry they operate in and the challenges they face.
- Has strong drafting skills and works in a logical manner.
- Provides client advice that is well presented, commercial and tailored to their needs.
- Maintains regular contact with clients and shows understanding of their priorities
Communicates in a confident, clear and relaxed way.
- A flexible approach to tasks as balancing competing demands and deadlines will be a constant requirement.
- Self-motivated and driven.
- Prepared, organised and able to prioritise.
- Experience of high-value personal injury claims, including disease.
- Experience of acting for insurers.
- Experience of commercial claims and disputes.
- Some experience of transactional work and drafting, and a willingness to develop this
Commercial and profit focus, with particular recognition of the dynamics when representing insurers and their insureds.
- Good conduct and communication skills.
- Practical and pragmatic.
- Clean driving licence, and prepared to travel at short notice.
How to apply:
To apply for this position please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to legalrecruitment[st]brodies.com quoting reference BR725.
If you would like to discuss the role in further detail, please contact Samantha Mudie on 0131 526 4040.
Brodies are committed to equality, diversity & the creation of an inclusive work environment where no partner, employee, potential employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment.
Brodies value the skills, experience and perspective that a diverse and representative workforce offers us in terms of our ability to deliver top class legal services to our clients.
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