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Solicitor/Associate (3214)

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.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Our Team

Irwin Mitchell is recognised as a litigation powerhouse ranked by The Lawyer as the 2nd most active litigation firm in the UK courts.

Our Commercial Disputes team specialises in a wide range of disputes working with both corporate and institutional clients as well as for individuals. We have the strength and depth to deal with all commercial disputes including contract disputes, professional negligence, partnership, company and shareholder disputes. We advise clients on High Court litigation, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and arbitration. We work closely with our clients, taking the time to seek out and understand their commercial objectives and the risks to their business.  Due to continued growth of this division, we are looking strengthen our national team.

Some of the things we’ve been doing recently:

  • Advising a number of directors in respect of a £150m wrongful trading claim involving a number of companies in multiple jurisdictions;
  • Advising a large consumer brand on a contractual dispute arising out of concessionaire agreement;
  • Reviewing and advising on a national sporting associations' membership policies.
  • Advising multiple businesses on business interruption insurance claims against a range of insurers, in relation to loss caused by COVID-19.
  • Advising a large IT software distributer in respect of a sales of goods and services dispute.
Your Role

You will work closely with the national team and be involved in high value and complex cases; working on your own case load with support where required from partners but also working as part of a team for larger projects. 

You’ll work to participate in relevant practice development initiatives, seek to get involved with business development opportunities and keep up to date with changes in relevant law and practice. You will be an exceptional team player with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and to develop other team members.  We are looking for individuals who want to be part of a growing team and who are excited about getting to know our clients so as to provide exceptional service in line with client objectives.

This is a superb opportunity to develop your knowledge and expertise working as part of a successful team in one of the UK‘s leading law firms. The position presents significant opportunity for career progression within a fast-growing team.

What We're Looking For

We’re looking for a bright and enthusiastic individual to join our successful team. You’ll be an experienced Commercial Dispute Resolution Solicitor (2 – 7 year PQE) with the confidence to work autonomously, taking the lead on some matters from the very beginning. We are looking for solicitors to support our national team based in any of our Birmingham, Manchester, Gatwick (Crawley) or Leeds offices.

 We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.

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

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. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


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.


We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

  • Sub-Department:
    Commercial Disputes
  • Sub-Division:
    Commercial, Advisory & Disputes
  • Company:
    IM LLP
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