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Commercial Disputes Resolution Associate

Walker Morris’ Commercial Disputes Resolution team is seeking to appoint an Associate to work as part of the team on a caseload of complex commercial disputes.

We’re one of the largest and most successful Litigation and Dispute Resolution teams outside London, operating nationally and internationally from our base in Leeds.  You will have the opportunity to act on both domestic and international disputes for UK and global companies and entrepreneurs advising them on the resolution of their complex and high value disputes.

The work will be challenging, stimulating and rewarding with excellent opportunities for career progression.

This is an interesting opportunity for those looking to relocate to Yorkshire and who are ambitious for partnership in a leading commercial firm based outside of London.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working as part of partner led teams, and also having the opportunity to lead your own appropriate cases, advising clients across of broad range of commercial business matters.
  • Gaining experience and knowledge working for major clients operating in key sectors of banking and alternative lending, real estate development, energy waste and infrastructure, food and drink, complex high value machinery, private equity and retail and leisure.
  • Working in specialist areas as well as general disputes practice and encouraged to develop your own specialism that excites you, whether that be in reputation management, public procurement, protection of confidential information, fraud and asset tracing, pensions disputes or a range of other specialist areas.
  • Building close collaborative working relationships with your own team and with a network across the wider firm.
  • Dealing with advisory work (dispute avoidance, pre-disputes assessments) as well as experiencing the full range of formal disputes work covering litigation, arbitration, expert determination, adjudication and mediation.

What we are looking for:

  • Strong commercial litigation experience
  • Approximately 3-5 years PQE

Why join Walker Morris:

When you’re looking for a job, we know it’s about more than just the role. That’s why we provide the support you need to develop and grow your career. We’ve hybrid and flexible working, so you can make work and life work together for you. Walker Morris is a top 100 commercial law firm where you don’t have to fit a mould, so you can bring your full self to work and our commitment to a meaningful work life balance means you can take your full-self home again too!

We’ve recently launched the new Walker Morris brand, which brings to life what it’s really like to work with and within the firm. What it really comes back to is our purpose, to forge your own path. It means we’re 70% corporate professional law firm but with 30% individual expression – meaning we’re personal, modern and have a drive for innovation.

What we offer:

  • Flexible working – we understand work-life balance is important, we are open to discussing your hybrid working preferences
  • Annual Leave – minimum of 25 days per year, increasing to 31 days with length of service. Also – buy/sell holidays up to 5 days per year
  • Bonus Scheme – our annual bonus scheme recognises outstanding contributions to the firm and our ambitions. All colleagues are eligible subject to meeting the criteria of the scheme.
  • Sabbatical Scheme – accrue up to 2 weeks’ sabbatical over a 2 year period, or 4 weeks’ sabbatical over 3 years
  • Pension – saving for retirement? Let us do the hard work for you. We auto-enrol all eligible colleagues in to a workplace pension and we contribute a minimum of 5% of annual salary
  • Life Assurance – 4x your annual salary in the event of a death in service

At Walker Morris we are working to be an inclusive employer, and we encourage people from all backgrounds, ways of thinking and working to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic as well as LGBTQ+ and non-binary candidates. Each individual brings their own unique capabilities, experiences and characteristics to their work, so you don’t have to meet all the requirements listed to apply for this role.

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