Lawyer - #962562

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Date: 3 weeks ago
City: Belfast
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
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Assistant Lawyer

With over 50 years’ experience and specialising within legal and claims solutions, a leading company based in Belfast are currently seeking an Assistant Lawyer to join their team.

This is a Full-Time, Permanent Position

Hours of work: Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm (35 hours per week)

With a salary of £50,000 - £60,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Job Purpose

An excellent development opportunity for an experienced defence litigator working on large and catastrophic loss cases under the guidance of our Lead Partner, as well as handling your own caseload of claims valued between £100k-£250k on behalf of our significant insurer client base.

Essential Criteria:

• Qualified Solicitor.
• Experience of indemnity, liability, and quantum essential.
• Experience of cases involving complex medical issues preferred.
• Critical thinking and quantum analysis experience required.
• Understanding of case law and litigation practice and process, and Court Practice Rules.
• IT proficient with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Office.
• Excellent communication skills both written and verbal – with the ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels.
• Ability to manage and prioritise a busy workload while adhering to tight deadlines and working under pressure.
• Ability to recognise when sensitivity and tact are required.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Working as part of a team progressing each file from receipt of papers from the insurer client to resolution of the claim.
• Working with the Lead Lawyer to manage a caseload of complex injury claims including high value multi-track and catastrophic injury claims involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal claims.
• Handling your own caseload of claims valued between £100k-£250k.
• Communicating with sophisticated insurer clients, dealing with their queries and updating them as the matter progresses.
• Forensic analysis of voluminous quantum evidence, preparing chronologies, identifying anomalies and other relevant information across various sources and categories of evidence.
• Using your existing knowledge of complex injury symptomology to identify relevant issues within medical records in order to instruct medical experts, drawing key issues to their attention.
• Critical analysis of sources of liability evidence and identifying any gaps.
• Drafting concise technical advice on all aspects of claim handling to include advice on indemnity, liability, quantum and causation issues and claims resolution for strategy discussion with the Lead Lawyer.
• Proactively identifying next steps required on matter, discussing those aspects with the Lead Lawyer and taking action as agreed.
• Interviewing witnesses and drafting statements.
• Liaising with parties involved in claims including the insured, insurer, witnesses etc.
• Drafting pleadings and applications.
• Instructing counsel and attending conferences, JSMs, mediations both remotely and in person.
• Attend court in person or by telephone, attend trials, settlement conferences etc as required.
• Delivery of agreed performance targets and quality standards.
• Delegate assigned tasks for a Legal Assistant and/or Paralegal and be fully engaged in their development in terms of technical ability and achievement of objectives.
• Maintaining case managements systems with up-to-date management information for clients.
• To ensure compliance with the LSNI regulations.

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