Commercial and Civil Litigation Lawyer
No 2 in the team
New Office Near Brighton
Associate or Senior Associate
Possibly another role for a Newly Qualified in team.
You will be working advising local clients or corporate giants on multi-million-pound acquisitions or assisting an SME fintech start-up with contract negotiations, the core remit of this Corporate Lawyer is to advise businesses on their legal rights, responsibilities, and regulations.
Specifically, we are seeking to appoint a Corporate Lawyer who’s responsibilities will include advising on commercial agreements and business transactions such as:
• Mergers and acquisitions – Transactions that include the ownership of a company is transferred to or consolidated with another.
• Joint ventures – a business created by two or more parties who share ownership, returns, risks and governance.
• Corporate restructuring – the act of significantly altering the structure or operations of a business to increase profits and/or efficiency.
• Management buyouts – a form of acquisition whereby the managers of a company acquire some or all the business from the parent company or private owner.
• Equity financing – raising capital through selling company stock to investors.
• Commercial contracts – agreements between companies setting out what they can and cannot do in their business relationship.
Our client offers a unique modern working environment, Associate, Senior Associate or fast track to Partner. Remote working opportunity can be arranged.
Your work here will involve: Interviewing clients, drafting formal complaints or claims, conducting depositions, and drafting motions. Our Civil litigator must determine the best trial strategy for each case. This might include mediation and negotiation to attempt to settle the case out of court. Other experiences we want to hear about are listed below.
Initial Case Investigation and Assessment
• Civil/General Litigation Lawyers working for a defendant 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 includes locating and taking preliminary statements from witnesses, reviewing documents, client interviews and investigation of relevant events leading up to the dispute.
• Claimant Litigators initiate the lawsuit by filing a summons and complaint against the defendant.
• Defence Litigators must then collaborate with their client to investigate allegations and formulate responses to the claimant’s complaint.
• Pre-trial motions may also be drafted at this stage. These can include motions to strike or dismiss evidence or to change the venue or location of the trial.
Case Management Conference:
The Case Management Conference is an opportunity 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.
• During the disclosure process, parties exchange documentation relevant to the impending court case. Parties are required to disclose all documentation that may support or challenge the case of either party.
• Litigation Lawyers then use this information to formulate a narrative and strategy for their 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.
• Litigators use their 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.
If you have the experience in all of the listed above we want to hear from you.
We also have opportunities situated in law firms located in both Devon and Cornwall.
Ashley Armstrong LLM