In-House Advocate

ACS are now recruiting for an In-House Advocate on behalf of our client, a successful law firm based in Birkenhead.

Job Purpose

  • To prepare, collate and manage advocacy MI.
  • To undertake advocacy requirements arising within all of the firm’s Legal Departments, and to ensure the provision of a high quality, efficient and cost effective service. Advocacy will include but is not limited to Stage 3 hearings, Infant Settlement hearings, CMCs, CCMCs and directions hearings.
  • To play an active role in developing and delivering advocacy training for trainee solicitors and other legal advisers, working alongside the Legal Training Department.
  • To provide advice, research, analysis and drafting where required.
  • To manage a small caseload through all stages of the investigation and litigation process.

 

Key Duties

  • To identify cases where commercially it would be tactically advantageous to settle or proceed to a final hearing.
  • Keep up to date with all industry changes including case law, legislation and other matters of relevance.
  • Take a practical but commercial approach to settlements and advising clients as to litigation/cost risks.
  • To achieve and exceed various targets set in relation to, for example, profit costs and issuing, without compromising the firm’s integrity.
  • To liaise appropriately and timely with sources, medical agencies, experts, third party insurers and other relevant parties to ensure that cases are pro-actively progressed.
  • Perform to a high level in a target orientated environment.
  • To provide guidance on technical issues involving quantum, liability and litigation to other members of the Legal Departments.
  • To highlight any potential risks to management.
  • To be responsible for the provision of advocacy arising from cases within the legal departments.
  • To be able to provide advice to legal advisers and managers on the best format to present cases at Court.
  • To assist in developing appropriate processes and documentation for the case management system in relation to representation at Court.
  • To progress your caseload in a manner to ensure that clients receive appropriate, professional, timely and pertinent legal advice, with regular contact, whilst managing their expectations.

 

 

Experience and Knowledge

  • Excellent advocate and litigator with strong drafting skills and the ability to recognise issues as they arise and provide commercial sound solutions.
  • Team player and acts as a role model to colleagues, working to achieve business and team goals.
  • Solicitor or Barrister.
  • Ability to provide clear direction and advice and be accountable for advice provided
  • Competent working with a case management system and good knowledge of MS Office.
  • Excellent research and problem solving skills with the ability to convey complex legal and factual issues to a variety of audiences.
  • A solid working knowledge of the CPR, legislation and relevant case law

 

Desirables

  • Maintain a positive attitude, self-motivated and uses own initiative in problem solving.
  • Resilient under pressure – able to deal with a fast paced changing environment whilst still achieving objectives.
  • Takes opportunities to develop and stretch themselves and be passionate about developing a career in personal injury and with the firm itself.
  • At least 12 months to 2 years’ experience of undertaking advocacy on a regular basis
  • Having undertaken the BVC or have Higher Rights of Audience
  • Strong communication skills and ability to lead by example.
  • Experience of undertaking Stage 3 and Infant Approval Hearings.

 

For more information on this role please contact step[email protected]