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PQE: 4 years
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 5:30)
Reports to: Departmental Managing Partner
Team: Disputes
Location: London
The Firm

Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service.

We advise individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organisations on every aspect of the law, wherever the need arises. From our offices in London we work with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service.

Our clients present us with complex and varied challenges. Whether that's a complicated family trust issue, a multinational corporate transaction, or an emerging threat to their reputation, they need clear thinkers who can advise on the best solutions, fast thinkers when speed is of the essence and agile thinkers who can produce a fresh approach to get the job done. That's why they choose us.

Our clients value our in-depth knowledge, technical excellence and diversity of disciplines. But what really binds our long-standing relationships with them is our approach: pragmatic, plain speaking and always steadfast in our values, which we hold dear. Values which mean we gain our clients' trust, always strive to do the right thing, and aim for the best results for them.

Superb client service sits at the heart of everything we do. We are modern lawyers with timeless values.

The Team

Our dispute resolution team handles a full range of litigation matters often large scale, complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Typically these include; contract claims, professional negligence, regulatory breaches and financial mis-selling, fraud and asset tracing, the provenance and authenticity of artwork, shareholder claims and derivative actions, and increasingly contentious construction and marine disputes.

We also have significant experience of alternative dispute resolution, in particular arbitration and mediation. We have a growing arbitration practice, covering both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. We regularly handle high-stakes matters under all major international rules, with a particular focus on the LCIA and LMAA. As our arbitration team is fairly lean, associates are frequently given responsibility beyond their seniority, including leading on written and oral advocacy.

Our clients include businesses (private companies, family businesses and partnerships), financial institutions (banks, asset managers and wealth managers), individuals (HNW and UHNW individuals, family offices, established entrepreneurs, senior executives, investors and art collectors) and institutions (sovereign institutions, cultural institutions, universities and schools).

Our experience across this range of sectors ensures that our litigators understand the impact which a dispute can have on both an individual and at an organisational level.  Each dispute requires a tailored solution, and we are committed to working quickly with you to identify and understand the issues you are facing in order to achieve the best possible result.

We are ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for Commercial Litigation and Fraud.

Scope

The role will involve dealing with a range of disputes for the firm’s clients with a particular focus on arbitration.  The caseload is of a very high quality and for the most part the opposite parties in the dispute are represented by City firms.

Responsibilities
  • Assist in managing a busy client portfolio dealing with large, complex and cross-border contentious matters
  • Comfortable working autonomously when required and to manage own case load (be it smaller to medium value cases or specific elements of larger cases) subject to 'light touch' oversight from partners.
  • On a day-to-day basis, draft correspondence (including both advisory and contentious communications), dealing with disclosure, drafting witness statements, attending meetings and hearings, and negotiating
  • A number of cases involve significant e-disclosure - experience in relativity / magnum / other systems and large scale e-disclosure is an advantage.
  • Business Development - write articles and prepare marketing documentation, give talks, attend events (both in house and externally), attend pitches and build a network is necessary.
Skills and Experience
  • Arbitration expeience is preferable.
  • Proactive team player and supportive colleague, with an enthusiastic manner, who take a flexible, ‘can-do’ approach with interest in this area of law.
  • Confident in working autonomously/independently and able to ensure that ever-changing deadlines are met and cases move ahead smoothly.
  • Ability to assimilate complex facts as well as meticulous and well organised.
  • Adaptable and open to change, with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Possesses a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with a diverse range of client personalities.
Education and Qualifications
  • A minimum 2.1 degree and a training contract from a mid-sized or city firm.
Special aspects

The hours of work for this opportunity are 9:30am - 5:30pm but we would expect the successful candidate to be committed, flexible and prepared to work beyond the normal office hours if necessary and in response to client demand. You will be expected to follow the firm’s agile working policy, which embraces home working but will require employees to spend a minimum number of days each week in the London office.

Farrer & Co is open to flexible working by arrangement although this role is intended as a full-time position.

Open to talking flexibly.

Comments

Farrer & Co conducts a pre-employment screening which consists of a Criminal History Background and Credit Check for successful candidates.