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Solicitor (4398)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘we're legal and financial experts that care’ – 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 of people working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs. 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.

We're always looking to support our colleagues to work in a way that works best for them and everyone else, including our clients, the business, and the regulators. Please speak to one of our Talent Acquisition team to find out more.

Your Role and What You'll Be Doing

Every year, thousands of people are injured in accidents or are taken ill while abroad. We help clients to make a claim for compensation if they were injured or suffered an illness while on holiday or working abroad. We also act for foreign nationals if they are injured whilst visiting the UK. Our lawyers have helped thousands to claim compensation following illness or accidents abroad in a wide range of circumstances, including: road traffic accidents, food poisoning and gastric illness and accidents at sea.

We have the UK's largest and most successful team of lawyers specialising in making accident claims abroad, with several of our lawyers recognised internationally as leaders in the field. Our aim is to make the claims process as simple as possible for clients, handling cases with a compassionate approach that puts clients and their family's wellbeing first.

You will join Partner Philip Banks and his team in our Birmingham office. Philip is the head of our International Personal Injury team in Birmingham and acts for clients who have been injured in accidents whilst they are travelling or working abroad or for foreign nationals who have accidents in the UK. Many of the clients who Philip has acted for have sustained serious and, in many cases, life altering injuries in all kinds of accidents, including coach crashes, other road traffic accidents, accidents at hotels and accidents at work.

Your Role

You’ll be hands on with business development activity and leading on client work and will understand litigation processes. You’ll support Partners to grow the business and deliver excellent client service whilst undertaking high value and/or complex work within International Serious Injury. Your role will include:

  • Take instructions from clients and give legal advice.
  • Opportunity to manage own caseload, while also assisting the Partners and senior team members on High Value cases.
  • Review cases and other relevant matters with supervisor to ensure quality legal advice is provided.
About You
  • 0-4yrs  PQE with an interest in PI and cross-jurisdictional cases involving elements of foreign law. Experience in this area would be advantageous but not essential
  • Foreign language skills would be advantageous, but are not essential;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to work in a pressurised environment.
  • Good commercial awareness, and the confidence and willingness to actively engage in business development to continue to build the team’s profile
  • Current Practising Certificate
  • Ambition, energy and enthusiasm for Personal Injury Law
  • Empathy and compassion to help guide our clients through challenging personal circumstances
  • A friendly, enthusiastic and can-do approach
  • Be able to operate independently and as part of a team to deliver the best outcomes for our seriously injured clients.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You
  • 25 days holidays as standard plus bank holidays - You can ‘buy’ up to 35hrs of extra holiday too.
  • Generous and flexible pension schemes.
  • Volunteering days – Two days of volunteering every year for a cause of your choice (fully paid)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering refunds on medical services alongside our Aviva Digital GP services.

We also offer a wide range of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace and to make sure you’re fully supported.  This includes our Flexible by Choice programme which gives our colleagues more choice over a hybrid way of working subject to role, team and client requirements.

We have been ranked in the Best Workplaces for Wellbeing for Large Organisations for 2024!

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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The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B4 6AH

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    Serious Injury
  • Sub-Division:
    Complex PI
  • Company:
    IM LLP
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