Principal Associate, Commercial Disputes - Norwich

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What does the role involve?

We need an experienced solicitor to head up the market-leading commercial disputes practice in our Norwich office, undertaking complex high value litigation and arbitration and supervising a team of junior lawyers. The team is ranked in Band 1 in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.You will have experience of the following:- Commercial contract disputes- Sale of business disputes (fraud, indemnity, breach of warranty and earn-out disputes)- Shareholder and boardroom disputes- Partnership and joint venture disputes- Enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations- Asset recovery- Injunctions- Mid-market businesses- Owner managed businesses- Cross border litigation- International arbitration- Alternative dispute resolutionYou will also be involved in significant development of the contentious business handled by the firm both within its Norwich office and more widely.

What experience is required?

You will be 5+ years PQE with a proven track record in high level litigation work. You will also have proven experience and success in business development and bringing on junior lawyers.

What skills and attributes would I need?

- Proven technical ability- Strategic and tactical skills- Negotiation skills- Presentation skills- Excellent written English for drafting purposes- Good time and file management skills- Organisational skills and ability to prioritise- Excellent interpersonal and team skills- Supervisory skills and experience- Project management skills- Proven business development skills and a good network of clients and contacts- Experience of bids and pitches and success in winning new work- Experience of international claims

Who will I be working with?

You will supervise other commercial disputes lawyers in the Norwich office and be part of the cross office Regulatory, Public and Commercial Disputes National Service Line ("NSL") which is headed up by Jamie Wheatley, and is supported by a professional support lawyer. You will have close working relationships with the Norwich office corporate, banking, commercial and employment teams, and will link up with the commercial litigators in other offices.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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