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Job Title: Belfast - Dispute Resolution - Solicitor

Herbert Smith LLP (Herbert Smith) job specification

Job Title:††††††††††††††††††Solicitor
Division:†††††††††††††††††††Dispute resolution††
Office:†††††††††††††††††††††† Belfast

Salary:††††††††††††††††††††† Market rate

Closing date:†††††††††††29 July 2011

The role

The solicitors (or, depending on the individual, barristers) will be part of the legal team, working closely with more the team leaders and legal assistants.

The team of solicitors and legal assistants will initially report to the Quality Manager (who will be working closely with the Director and Operations Manager), however as the team grows, the aim is that the team leaders will increasingly manage small teams of solicitors as direct reports, who in turn will manage the legal assistants.

Key responsibilities

•†Conducting document review and, if appropriate, other fee-earning work (there will be target average daily chargeable hours)
•†Conducting issues-based research using document review software
•†Supervising legal assistants in relation to individual matters or generally as directed by the team leaders or Quality Manager
•†Dealing with complex issues on individual matters that are escalated by the legal assistants
•†Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant areas of law to the Belfast office's practice
•†Ensuring compliance with financial disciplines on matters (e.g. daily time-recording)

Qualifications, skills and competencies

•†Qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, but Republic of Ireland or other common law jurisdictions will be considered. If not qualified in England & Wales then willing to complete process to requalify as such
•†Post-qualification experience of commercial litigation or other contentious work, ideally for at least a year
•†High level of attention to detail, but can also step back from the detail and see problems, opportunities and trends
•†Strong analytical ability: evaluates information to identify underlying key issues and broader implications
•†Aptitude for learning (and becoming proficient in) the use of software and IT applications, and using search terms intelligently to navigate large databases/document management systems
•†Knowledge and experience of large scale document reviews with the ability to project manage the process from instruction to completion
•†Fluency in a second language with an ability to translate legal documents into English.† Western European languages an advantage, but other languages (e.g. Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean or Russian) especially desirable.†

•†Self-motivated with an ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
•†Is resilient and persistent in order to achieve results – goes the extra mile
•†Demonstrates a high level of organisation through prioritising workload and consistently meeting deadlines
•†Develops a good level of understanding of the needs of internal clients
•†Demonstrates effective prioritisation
•†Makes sound decisions under pressure, managing risk by reviewing work appropriately
•†Communicates proactively to ensure the relevant individuals in the team are kept informed of progress and aware of developments
•†Minimises costs but ensures quality through proper use of resources
•†Promotes & sells the services of the Belfast office to internal clients, including by the delivery of consistently high-quality work and a positive approach to building internal relationships

•†Demonstrates an ability to quickly build strong relationships with colleagues at all levels
•†Acts as a role model to more junior colleagues, promoting teamwork by contributing to team efforts
•†Ability to advise and guide more junior colleagues
•†Speaks confidently and concisely with internal clients

•†Risk management: understands the need for compliance with the firm's policies, procedures and rules. Identifies and evaluates risks, consulting and taking appropriate action. Holds the firm's reputation as paramount at all times
•†Consistently demonstrates good financial discipline and financial management skills
•†Shares knowledge with others and contributes to the delivery of education as required
•†Contributes to the firm (e.g. corporate responsibility or social activities) supporting the development of a diverse and innovative culture and making it an enjoyable place to work

Job Details
Job Ref: 10-12257-LON
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time
Location: Northern Ireland
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: Market rate
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