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Job Title Construction & Infrastructure Solicitor (2-4 PQE)
Job Location Exeter
Department Construction & Infrastructure

The role

We are seeking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated lawyer (2-4 years PQE), to join our busy and highly regarded Construction & Infrastructure team based in our Exeter office, with a mixture of home working included. You will report directly to the Partners, together with one of our Senior Associates, and play an integral part in a variety of matters, with a focus on contentious construction and infrastructure work.

Typical workload will include construction and infrastructure related dispute work involving court litigation, adjudication, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR relating to disputes over payment, delays, defects, professional negligence together with advice on contract management and dispute mitigation strategies. Workload will be across a wide range of construction projects and sectors, including commercial development, renewable energy, residential, operation/maintenance/service contracts and facilities management. The department has been involved in several reported cases in recent years.

The department works on a wide range of international, national and regional matters for private and public sector clients across multiple sectors, including housing, retail, waste, energy and renewables. Our clients range from owner developers, start-ups and SMEs to funding institutions and large multinationals, and we are proud to work with prestigious clients which include household names and listed companies. In order to meet their needs, you can expect to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Construction and Infrastructure department, as well as other teams such as Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial and Planning, in order to ensure that each client receives an exemplary service.

You will be working directly with clients from the outset and we will expect you to have a good level of experience of advising on construction disputes, including experience of the court litigation process. We will provide training on any specialist areas which are new to you and will generally support and enhance your development as a construction lawyer within a supportive and experienced team with its own specialist Professional Support Lawyer. We will expect you to be enthusiastic to expand your skills and knowledge. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop our people, and as such, you will be responsible for dealing with complex high quality, high value work and will be afforded high levels of responsibility from the outset.

About You

An excellent communicator with proven technical and organisational skills and a cooperative team player, you will be accustomed to providing accessible, commercially-focussed and pragmatic advice to clients and working under pressure to meet deadlines. You will already have a firm grounding in contentious practice within a construction and/or infrastructure environment, although we will consider candidates with clear and transferrable skills and experience gained from more general commercial dispute resolution. With an eye for detail, you are meticulous and thorough in your work and are already accustomed to assisting with larger and more complex disputes in your current role, as well as advising clients directly on lower value claims and contract interpretation. Ideally you will have gained experience in most of the JCT and NEC forms of contract, as well as professional appointments from a contentious perspective. You will have experience in a variety of construction based disputes or claims and, in addition to litigation, you may have been involved in adjudications, arbitrations and expert determinations.

Our relationship with our clients is paramount. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to build strong and lasting relationships with clients and show a genuine commitment to their business needs. Being self-motivated and ambitious, you will be keen to learn more about the construction and infrastructure sector and possess the drive to help us continue to grow and develop our business. In this dynamic market, clients will be looking to you to be up to date regarding the latest policy and legal developments affecting the sector and, as such, you will need to demonstrate a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the sector and its wider implications for our clients. In return, we will support your professional development through regular training and will help you to grow your professional networks and profile and to capitalise on business development opportunities.

About Us

Working for Ashfords, you can expect to be provided with excellent training and development opportunities and encouragement to further your career in a stimulating, supportive and forward thinking Firm. We are ambitious - for ourselves and for our people - and want to support you to realise your full potential. You will also enjoy our range of flexible benefits which, dependent on level, include:

  • Pension (Employer 5%, Employee 3%)
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Performance related bonus scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, all bank holidays plus your birthday off and an extra day at Christmas. Your holiday entitlement increases with length of service.
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity Pay
  • Free Legal Services to Staff: Including wills and conveyancing
  • Medicash: Health care cash plan for employees
  • Free onsite Car Parking
  • EV Charging Points
  • Free Gym at our Exeter office

For more information, please contact Toby Tompkins, Talent Aquisition Assistant, on t.tompkins@ashfords.co.uk or apply now, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.