Advocate

Location:

Leonard House - Birkenhead

REFERENCE: 07/23/95
CLOSING DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Job Purpose:

To undertake advocacy requirements arising within all of the firm’s Legal Departments, and to ensure the provision of 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 explore and develop the role to encompass further areas where Carpenters can offer advocacy services as part of its offering to source clients.

To provide advice, research, analysis and drafting where required.

To manage a small caseload through all stages of the investigation and litigation process.

To prepare, collate and manage advocacy MI.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 undertake any other tasks as deemed relevant and reasonable by the business

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Solicitor or Barrister
  • A solid working knowledge of the CPR, legislation and relevant case law
  • 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
  • Excellent research and problem-solving skills with the ability to convey complex legal and factual issues to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to provide clear direction and advice and be accountable for the advice provided
  • Competent working with a case management system and good knowledge of MS Office

Desirables:

  • 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
  • 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 Carpenters

Advocate

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