Our law firm client based in Cornwall is seeking to appoint a Senior Civil Litigation Lawyer with in excess of ten years experience. We are looking for the following skills and experience listed below.
Initial Case Investigation and Assessment.
Experience working for a defendant and will assess evidence to defend a potential suit against their client, while those working for the claimant will determine if enough evidence exists to warrant a lawsuit. In either case, this stage of litigation experience will includes locating and taking preliminary statements from witnesses, reviewing documents, client interviews and investigation of relevant events leading up to the dispute. In an attempt to eliminate the risk and cost of going to trial, you will have experience in engagement in pre-litigation settlement discussions to resolve the conflict before going to court.
Pleadings and motions.
You will have experience and have been responsible for drafting and filing with the court various pleadings and motions. Claimant Litigation experience will include initiation of the lawsuit by filing a summons and complaint against the defendant. Working as a defence Litigation lawyer you will have collaboration experience with clients to investigate allegations and formulate responses to the claimant’s complaint.
You will have experience with pre-trial motions that will have been drafted at this stage. These will have included include motions to strike or dismiss evidence or to change the venue or location of the trial.
Case Management Conference:
We expect to see solid Case Management Conference experience for:
The Court to ensure both parties fully understand all issues and provide a timetable for the events leading up to the trial and the trial itself. Both parties to present a cost budget and a disclosure report detailing relevant documents they are currently in possession of.
We are seeking to find experience in the disclosure process, parties will have exchanged documentation relevant to the impending court case. Parties will have been required to disclose all documentation that may support or challenge the case of either party. You will then have used this information to formulate a narrative and strategy for the case.
Witness Statements and Expert Evidence.
Litigators gather written statements from witnesses in order to give context, corroboration or explanation behind the dispute. Witnesses may be called upon at trial to be cross-examined by the opposing party. Opinion-based evidence comes from experts who may provide a written report that is sent to the Court and opposing party. Experts may also provide oral evidence at trial.
The Court uses this meeting to:
Ensure both parties have complied with the previously agreed timetable.
Confirm the trial date.
Put forward a trial timetable along with a list of the decisions that are to be made.
Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The Court will urge both parties to consider an alternative form of dispute resolution to avoid the risk and cost of trial. As a Trial Litigator you will have experience in using your knowledge of the law, relevant documentation, examples of relevant case law and cross-examination of the opposing party’s experts and/or witnesses to argue their case. Any witnesses or experts will give evidence. After closing statements are made, the judge will make an informed decision based on the cases presented.
Personal Characteristics we are seeking to find:
Communication skills – You must be able to succinctly summarise an argument and be capable of presenting complex legal concepts to clients.
Organisation skills – Missing a deadline set by the Court can result in serious penalties, hurt your client’s case and damage your reputation as a Litigator so time management and organisation skills are hugely important.
An eye for detail – Being able to identify small discrepancies in your opponent’s case can mean the difference between winning and losing at trial. You also need this skill to determine what is relevant and what is not during the disclosure stage of litigation.
Negotiation skills – An absolute must for any Litigator, negotiation and persuasion skills help you to convince the judge or opposition of the value in your argument.
Adaptability – You must be able to anticipate and overcome unexpected obstacles that invariably crop up during the litigation process.
Determination – To succeed as a Litigator you need to have the determination to win on your client’s behalf. You need to have the strength to maintain composure and calm when cases become chaotic and complicated.
Contact Ashley Armstrong LLM or Karen Wright