Job Code: 23271/AM

Practice Area: Fraud

Recruitment Partner: Amanda McDonald

Office: Leeds

DWF are one of Europe’s most innovative Law firms as voted by the Financial Times.

We have won numerous awards, including being independently ranked as 1 of the top employers for working families, as well as being in the top 2 law firms for employee satisfaction.

With offices nationwide and overseas, we are growing and are looking for top talent to come on board and be part of our success.

The Role

DWF are looking to appoint an Advocate to join their growing advocacy team based in Leeds. This role offers great opportunities for career progression. We are ideally seeking an individual with some previous experience in a similar role however this is not essential if you have BVC or BPTC.

Main function of job

You will commence your in house Advocacy Training under the guidance and supervision of a Senior Advocate. The training will consist of a period of shadowing the Senior Advocate/s, a period of conducting hearings under heavy supervision and then a period of conducting straightforward hearings with minimal supervision.

You will be signed off to become a full Advocate (career level 5) only when they have been signed off from DWF probation and signed off as completing the in house Advocacy Training by your supervising Senior Advocate.

You will conduct primarily Small Claims hearings, Stage 3/Disposal Hearings and straightforward motor/fraud litigation. You will rely on the technical supervision from a Senior Advocate at all times.

You will be collaborating with the Senior Advocate who will support you with drafting work prior to service.

Main Duties

  • Conducting interlocutory hearings and Stage 3 hearings for the insurance department.
  • Liaising with fee earners before and after hearings.
  • Representing insurers at court.
  • Drafting legal documents on instruction from fee earners, under the supervision of a Senior Advocate.

What we are looking for

  • Law degree at 2.1 or above;
  • BVC or BPTC at Very Competent or above;
  • Ideally previous experience in advocacy
  • May have some experience in personal injury, commercial litigation and/or costs;
  • May have some experience of appearing in Court; and
  • Will be working towards completing in house Advocacy Training, DWF probation and associated DWF Academy training.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF

Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.

Disability Support

As an inclusive employer, DWF wants to see every candidate performing at their best. Please log in to Clear Talents at http://www.cleartalents.com/apply/allroles2016  to tell us what reasonable adjustments you may need and to discover how we might improve your recruitment experience, examples of reasonable adjustments could include: additional time for exercises, a hearing induction loop, a request for information in an alternative format. DWF are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.

To apply, please click 'apply now' and provide the job reference number 23271/AM

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Amanda McDonald on amanda.mcdonald@dwf.law

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