In-House Barrister (Aviation Department)

Full time Oracle Solicitors in Barrister
  • 125 Kingsway, London View on Map
  • Post Date: September 24, 2019
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Job Detail

  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 4 Years
  • Gender Both

Job Description

Reports to:

The In-House Counsel will report to the Head of Department and/or the Directors

Department: Aviation

Job Overview: The In-House Counsel will be responsible for dealing with delegated work within their own areas of competence and achieving performance targets as set by the practice. The In-House Counsel will provide expert legal support and advice to clients, and will be responsible for supervising the work of solicitors, trainee solicitors and paralegals within the department. He/she will further be responsible for offering support to the Head of Department. He/she will provide advice and assistance to the department and its clients, including but not limited to the drafting and review of statements of case, witness statements, and written submissions, and the provision of guidance and direction to paralegals on individual cases. He/she may be required to attend hearings and to provide advocacy services. Furthermore, he/she will be expected to train and mentor more junior staff members and positively promote quality of service to clients, raising the quality level and creating new business for the Practice whenever possible.

Purpose/Main Objectives: To provide legal and supervisory services to the Aviation department and/or its clients, acting on behalf of the Head of Department. To support all Practice decisions, carrying out any actions required. To provide any support required by the Head of Department and to act on behalf of them as required. To positively promote quality of service to clients, raising the quality level wherever possible. To be alert when acting for clients of other legal services they may require and to refer clients to other departments within the firm when it is appropriate.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Deal with delegated cases as required, reporting progress to the Head of Department
  • Assist in the management of the own department and the supervision of staff members
  • Ensure quality of service levels are up to standard
  • Liaise with clients and other professionals (such as barristers) in a prompt and professional manner; coordinate the work of all parties involved; instruct barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in disputes
  • Appear at hearings as required to provide advocacy services as counsel
  • Follow internal methods, policies, and procedures as set by the Office Manual
  • Research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedure
  • Always act in a trustworthy and confidential manner; have integrity and sensitivity
  • Remain informed of changes in any area of specialisation, such that service quality is always maintained. Carry out file reviews as appropriate
  • Prepare Briefs to Counsel. deal with correspondence, adhere to accurate and comprehensive file management and maintenance practices of caseload according to company policy and procedures. Follow Instructions
  • Attend upon clients at offices, build good relationships with stakeholders, deal with all aspects of a case file
  • Maintenance of diaries & time Recording
  • Work as part of a team and give concise and reasonable instructions
  • Draft legal documents. This can include drafting correspondence and pleadings, pre-trial orders, and legal briefs with various parties
  • Respond to clients’ requests, emails and post in a prompt and professional manner; answer telephones/emails in a professional manner
  • Network with clients and build valuable relationships in a way that enhances the company’s reputation and cultivate new business opportunities
  • Carry out other types of administrative duties such as billing, invoicing, time recording; compile litigation bundles, deal with correspondence, collect and organise evidence
  • Use the company’s case management system
  • Any other hoc duties as directed by the Head of Department and/or Directors

Relationships:

  • Internal: Supportive to the Directors, Heads of Department, and colleagues
  • External: Promoting the Practice wherever possible through PR and quality of service

Skills & Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Relevant Law Degree and Qualification
  • At least 4 years of experience practising as a barrister
  • Experience in Aviation Law (preferred, not essential)
  • Experience in Defendant Personal Injury cases (preferred, not essential)
  • Have their own client following (preferred, not essential)
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, and understand the importance of deadlines
  • Highly organised; able to be productive, flexible and simultaneously manage multiple cases and priorities in a performance driven environment
  • Research skills and data maintenance skills
  • Strong client relationship skills; the ability to establish positive, cooperative and professional relationship, both internal and external
  • Be highly trustworthy, discreet, and use good judgement
  • Able to work well under pressure, without sacrificing a high attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication are essential
  • Self-starter and the ability to work autonomously; Proactive and eager to learn
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to using feedback to learn and develop as a professional
  • Ability to read, digest and process vast amounts of information into data that can be used in a legal case
  • Computer Literacy