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Legal Exec or Solicitor (1746)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

Our Team

The Defendant team is a niche specialist team within Irwin Mitchell LLP.  We are a successful, thriving and growing team.  We represent a large number of European insurers, defending claims brought against them.  We deal with cases arising out of accidents in England and Wales, and accidents abroad but litigated through the courts of England and Wales.  We are a small, friendly and supportive team, with the benefit of being part of the wider International Personal Injury team. 

Your Role

As a fee earner working within the Defendant team, you will run a varied caseload, subject to supervision. This is a busy and demanding role, where duties are diverse and no two days are the same. You will deal with a range of fast track and some multi track cases, from minor whiplash or credit hire claims to more serious injury claims.  Many cases involve the application of foreign law. You’ll liaise regularly with opposing parties, courts, medical experts, and foreign law experts, both over the telephone and in writing.  We have strong links and a close relationship with our insurer clients, and you will need to learn to understand their requirements, and to work closely with them. You will need a professional approach at all times. You’ll be juggling tasks such as preparing pleadings, advising clients, undertaking legal and quantum research, attending Court hearings and conferences with Counsel. To meet your monthly targets you’ll need to be experienced in multi-tasking and keeping to tight deadlines. Whilst planning and prioritising will be the key to your success, you’ll also need to be flexible and quick to respond to requests at short notice. You’ll be experienced in following set guidelines and processes, but with the ability and confidence to use your own judgement where required. This role will provide the candidate with excellent experience in a forward thinking and dynamic team.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed candidates with experience in Defendant RTA claims, mainly fast track but also some multi track. Ideally you will have experience of dealing with jurisdiction and applicable law issues in international cases i.e. where the accident is in England and Wales but involving drivers based abroad, or the accident itself was abroad.

If you thrive on being busy and can adapt well to new challenges, then we’ll give you all the training and support you’ll need to help you succeed in this highly rewarding role. You must be IT literate and attentive to detail, with proven expertise in client care.


    • Varied responsibilities, including taking instructions from and advising insurer clients, undertaking legal research, preparing pleadings, witness statements, applications and bundles, liaising with experts, attending conferences with Counsel, clients and experts, obtaining evidence to challenge the Claimant’s case, and running cases through to settlement meeting or trial, if necessary.
    • Achieving own time-recording and fee income targets. Attaining required Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours to comply with Law Society Regulations, where appropriate.
    • Managing a challenging case-load.
    • Keeping up to date with changes in relevant law and practice and attending training events to ensure application of up to date legal knowledge and best practice.
    • Contributing to relevant practice development initiatives and events to promote and develop the team’s practice.

Foreign language skills would also be helpful, but are not essential.

As this is an FTC the preferred candidate would need to start immediately.

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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40 Holborn Viaduct, London, United Kingdom, EC1N 2PZ

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  • Business Area:
    Personal Legal Services
  • Team:
    International PI
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
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