Associate - Financial Services Disputes & Investigations (Pensions Lit)

Eversheds Sutherland
11 Oct 2017
13 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About Eversheds
Recognised by The Lawyer magazine as part of the “Litigation Elite” and ranked Number 1 in Acritas’ UK Law Firm Brand Index 2017, Eversheds Sutherland’s team of experts acts for major clients throughout the world. Our people regularly deal with large-scale matters involving multiple jurisdictions for multi-nationals through our award winning approach to project management.

Our litigation team has over 70 partners in the UK and over 60 partners in Asia, the Middle East, United States and Europe. With 650 lawyers around the globe we mobilise cross-office teams on a regular basis.

Eversheds has a dedicated team specialising in pensions disputes and is ranked as a top tier team for pensions litigation in both Chambers and Legal 500. Our team has been involved in many of the leading pensions cases of recent times, including Barber, Maxwell, Imperial Tobacco, National Grid, TSL v Dubery, Bridge Trustees v Yates and Box Clever to name but a few. This experience is invaluable in guiding our clients through court proceedings, dealings with the Pensions Regulator, Pensions Ombudsman cases (including Pension Protection Fund complaints) and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Our pensions litigation team sits within our Financial Services Disputes and Investigations Group (FSDI) and so our pensions litigators do, at times, also work on other disputes and investigations within the wider financial services sector.

We have an opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic lawyer to join our FSDI team in Birmingham with a focus on Pensions Litigation.

Key responsibilities:

• As an integral part of our FSDI team you will focus primarily on pensions litigation matters.
• You will be encouraged to get involved in marketing activities and take an innovative approach to both your work and how to develop our practice.
• Work on a mix of some business as usual litigation for financial institutions but also high profile, complex matters.

Skills and experience:
• You will possess strong technical skills and excellent academic qualifications.
• Exceptional organisation skills as well as high attention to detail.
• A commitment of delivering quality service is essential, as is the ability to handle the demands of a heavy workload.
• You will provide a first rate client service both internally and externally.
• You should be a team player, client focused and a good communicator with a strong practical approach to your workload.
• You should also be able to demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and possess at least some knowledge of the financial markets and how they work.
• Ability to analyse complex factual situations and distil the key issues clearly and concisely.
• Strong problem solving capabilities.
• ‘Can do’ attitude and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure we are able to meet our clients’ needs.

Key competencies:

We are looking for a strong level of technical ability (quality is key to us). We see pensions disputes as an integral part of our wider financial services disputes practice, and so the ideal candidate will have a solid background in pensions and financial services disputes.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of taking responsibility for and managing a demanding caseload, building and developing client relationships, and supervising and coaching junior colleagues. This is a rapidly growing and dynamic team with great career prospects.

Typically, you will be 2 – 5 PQE. A band of PQE as advertised on a role does not preclude applications from those candidates that may have more or less PQE. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to how long we would expect a qualified lawyer to have practised so as to have gained the necessary skills for the role as described.

In addition to the above, Eversheds Sutherland also require awareness and full participation in the firm’s commitment to equality and diversity, the environment and health and safety.

We’re a modern, progressive law firm. We think differently and we’ve built a culture where individual skills and personalities can shine through.

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