Commercial Litigation, 1-3 yrs PQE

  • Watson Farley & Williams
  • London, UK
  • Oct 03, 2018
Full time Commercial Litigation

Job Description

QE: 1-3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (Monday - Friday; 09:30 - 17:30)
Reports to: Litigation Group Head
Department: Litigation
Location: London
The firm

Watson Farley & Williams was established in London in 1982 and is an international law firm dedicated to client care, legal excellence and investment in its people.  The firm has offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, London, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome and Singapore.

The firm has seen rapid expansion in size and geography.  Having started as a maritime law firm, in which it remains pre-eminent, the firm is today recognised for its specialist focus on five core sectors: Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime, Natural Resources, Real Estate and Transport in which it provides a full suite of services including finance, corporate, dispute resolution, tax, employment and regulatory.

The department

With a strong track-record of achieving positive outcomes, our dispute resolution lawyers provide high quality advice in commercial and financial litigation and arbitration.

Effective and commercially astute, our dispute resolution lawyers regularly represent clients in large scale, cross-border and complex commercial matters, and manage cases through to trial/final hearing and appeal where necessary. 

With some of our partners acting as arbitrators, our lawyers have specific strategic insight when delivering a combination of litigation and arbitration services.

We frequently provide strategic advice in relation to different laws and procedural rules, whether in courts or arbitration. 

Role overview

Experiences in acting for a truly global client base, our lawyers have deep and broad experience of the complex issues that arise in cross-border matters – be they jurisdictional, choice of law, procedural or evidential.  Our global team operates across our international offices and supports clients wherever they have a dispute.  The largest of our practices sits in London, but we also have a dedicated group in New York and an award-winning regional team in South East Asia.  We also have the capability to conduct and support dispute resolution work in our other international offices, and, thanks to our strong relationships with leading correspondent law firms, in jurisdictions where we do not have a presence.   Our lawyers work effectively together on complex and multi-jurisdictional cases.

Skills and experience – essential

We would be interested in speaking with 1-3 years PQE lawyers who:

  • have qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and have been working in Litigation in a city law firm since qualifying;
  • have excellent academic qualifications;
  • are bright and ambitious;
  • have significant experience in any of Energy, Maritime, Finance, or International arbitration
  • have proven legal and technical skills in dispute resolution and related transactions;
  • have relevant and significant experience of acting on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases, domestically or internationally or both;
  • have some experience of public international law/investment treaty claims;
  • fit into the Firm’s culture of being dynamic, enterprising, creative, cosmopolitan and hard-working;
  • have experience in a city law firm.
  • Income Protection Scheme
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after three years service
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • £250 annual sports club contribution
  • Private medical insurance