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About The Role

The role

A position has arisen in our Commercial Dispute Resolution team to work with and alongside our partners in Leeds who specialise in a broad range of commercial litigation as well as complex contractual disputes. The team are proud to have the largest team and niche expertise in premier house builder litigation.  

To help us succeed and achieve our ambitions, we are looking to appoint an experienced solicitor who is currently operating at associate / senior associate level (ideally 5 years PQE plus). You will join our highly successful national CDR team based in our Leeds office. The role is particularly suitable for a candidate who has demonstrable experience in handling a range of commercial litigation for large corporates. 

The team is friendly, supportive and sociable, and works in a collaborative manner with our colleagues from other offices as well as with our clients. You can expect to be supported by the partners and senior team members and in turn be asked to support junior members of the team.

The team

Our national CDR team is experienced in and manages a wide variety of commercial disputes for a range of matters including corporate transactions, property related agreements, development & construction litigation, complex projects and trading contracts.

CDR have an enviable reputation for a proactive and proficient approach to commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Their expertise means they can handle a broad range of disputes, working with our clients including most the country’s leading housebuilders, many financial institutions and large corporate household names, as based in Yorkshire, nationally and international.

The person

The candidate will demonstrate a genuine desire to be part of a rapidly growing team, enthusiasm and the drive to continue learning and be actively involved in business development activities. This role will ideally suit a Senior Associate who has previous experience working in a corporate lending and acquisition finance banking team but we would also consider someone with other transactional banking and finance experience who would like to make a transition.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • The successful candidate will ideally have at least 5 years' PQE with experience within a broad range of commercial dispute resolution matters which may include property litigation, complex contractual disputes for housebuilder clients, construction litigation and general commercial litigation on a broad range of transactions.
  • Confident in managing the day to day running of own caseload of commercial dispute resolution transactions.
  • As an associate or senior associate role it will encompass responsibility for supervising junior members of the team.
  • Possess demonstrable legal technical ability and have the expertise to provide clear, logical and understandable commercial dispute resolution advice in a timely and competent manner.
  • Effectively managing colleague and client relationships, you will have the opportunity to strengthen existing clients alongside actively engaging in new business / cross selling services within Gateley.
  • An ability and willingness to learn, excellent commercial acumen and great negotiation skills.
  • Personable and dynamic personality with a passion for working collaboratively.
We also look for the following attributes:
  • Interest and enthusiasm in the wider political issues and policies that affect our clients, so we demonstrate that we are more than simply legal advisors and are fully aware of the 'big pictures' issues that will impact upon our clients' businesses and their decision making.
  • A forward thinking approach to innovation and legal technology, always eager identify ways of delivering improved processes for the benefit of our clients.
  • Ambition to build, strengthen and grow a network of clients within professional services.
  • Eagerness and willing to proactively business develop and assist in cross marketing across the wider team and Gateley businesses.
  • Willing to mentor and supervise junior members of the team.
  • A strong team work ethic and the ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Drive, commitment, self-motivation and a “can do” attitude
  • The ability to exercise discretion and professionalism always.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.

About Us

The benefits
With support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around our great development and progression opportunities will reward your commitment and loyalty. We offer a competitive remuneration package where you'll be rewarded for your individual performance with an opportunity to receive an annual bonus.

In addition, we have a wide range of learning and development opportunities via our Learn platform to develop new skills and progress your career. Our My Flex comprehensive rewards package includes options covering annual leave (and the benefit of purchasing extra days), cycle to work, critical illness benefit, employee assistance programme, group personal pension, health care, season ticket loan and many more benefits (grade dependent). Finally, with Perks At Work/Home you can select a host of retail benefits that suit your needs alongside a Community Online Academy, free courses for all from fitness to coding to languages to hip hop dance.

We are Gateley
We are forward thinking and straight talking, our approach is to find solutions to the problems that our clients face. Gateley is a legal and professional services group, we are a group of formidable experts in all areas of law and business. Passionate problem solvers, we get our kicks from finding the right answers and getting our legal and business clients where they need to be. We support more than 5,700 active clients, ranging from FTSE 100 companies to private individuals, in the UK and beyond. Being part of Gateley is not just about the expertise that you bring; it's about attitude too.

The 'Gateley Story' is the story of our people and our culture. It is what has got us to where we are today as a successful business and it's the driving force behind the Gateley Team Spirit and the values that have shaped it. We have a set of shared internal values that capture what the Gateley Team Spirit is and this includes five elements that bind us all together as one Gateley: Ambitious for Success, Forward Thinking, Room to Breathe, Trusted to Do and Working Together. Every year across the group, we recognise members of our team that have gone and above and beyond and have lived these shared values. They are recognised at our annual Gateley Team Spirit awards.

Diversity, inclusion and well being
Diversity, inclusion and well-being is an important part of Gateley's culture and values. We recruit talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, providing equal opportunities for all to join our team regardless of age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, or culture.
 
We create an exciting and rewarding place to work that aims to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals. We offer flexible working patterns to help our staff achieve a good work/ life balance and we encourage candidates seeking flexibility in their next role to apply for any of our vacancies.
We are proud to have been recognised by The Law Society as gold standard for our Diversity and Inclusion Charter and to be Stonewall Diversity Champions.

Additional Information
If you are successful in receiving an offer of a role with our company a variety of pre-employment screening checks will be completed. Our screening checks can include but are not limited to your eligibility to work, professional and academic qualifications, any criminal records, your financial stability, and references from previous employers. The screening that takes place will be relevant to your role and will vary from role to role.

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