- Experience 3 Years
Reports to: The In-House Counsel (Aviation) will report to the Global Head of Aviation and/or the Directors
Job Overview: In-House Counsel for the Aviation department is responsible for delivering advocacy services for the department’s clients, with the majority of the work being County Court hearings on the small claims track. He/she organises his/her own diary, and receives instructions from paralegals, trainee solicitors and solicitors within the department. He/she provides advice and guidance from an early stage in the progress of a case, and feedback following on from results in court.
In addition, In-House Counsel assist with supervision and guidance over a team of paralegals and trainee solicitors within the Aviation department. He/she reviews draft statements of case, witness statements, and written submissions, assists with case analysis, and provides advice on next steps in the conduct of cases.
In-House Counsel also maintains a direct relationship with clients, providing advice and reports as required.
He/she will further be responsible for offering general support to the Global Head of Aviation and to the Aviation Department’s solicitors. He/she will be expected to deliver training and to mentor more junior staff members, to contribute to the development of policies, workflows and templates, and to undertake a variety of tasks of a generally supervisory or organisational nature.
Finally, he/she may assist with the work of other departments within the company as required.
Purpose/Main Objectives: To deliver in-house advocacy services of excellent quality for the benefit of the Department’s clients; to advise, train and support the Department’s paralegals and trainee solicitors; to guide and supervise the conduct of casework; and to provide general supervisory assistance.
Responsibilities & Duties:
• Attend court hearings in the County Court and such other courts and tribunals as may be required and in which counsel has a right of audience
• Carry out thorough case preparation prior to court attendance, including a full review of the file, advice to the case handler and/or the client on any further evidence required or other steps to be taken to optimise outcomes
• Arrange professional diary for internal bookings
• Draft legal documents including Particulars of Claim, Defence, Reply to Defence, written submissions, application notices, witness statement etc.
• Provide advice to case handlers on the conduct of casework, including on cases other than those on which counsel is to provide advocacy services
• Foster good relationships with paralegals and trainee solicitors
• Assist in supervising staff, checking time recording, mentoring junior employees, monitoring and reporting on performance, reviewing employees’ work, undertaking appraisals
• Assist with the development of new training materials
• Contribute to the development of new processes and policies
• Liaise with clients and other professionals (such as external barristers) in a prompt and professional manner; coordinate the work of all parties involved.
• Follow all applicable internal methods, policies, and procedures including those set by the Office Manual
• Research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice on law and procedure
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant substantive and procedural law
• Always act in a trustworthy and confidential manner; display integrity and sensitivity
• Prepare and review Briefs to Counsel and other correspondence.
• Attend upon clients at offices as required, build good relationships with clients and other stakeholders
• Accurately record own time in accordance with company policy
• Display strong teamwork skills
• 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
• Use the company’s case management system
• Any other hoc duties as directed by the Global Head of Aviation and/or Directors
• Internal: Supportive to the Directors, Global Head of Aviation. Peer relationship with solicitors in the Aviation department. Supervisory with respect to trainee solicitors and paralegals.
• External: Existing clients, prospective clients, the judiciary
Skills & Qualifications:
• In-House Counsel must be a member of the Bar of England & Wales, or a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales with higher rights of audience, in either case with a current, full practising certificate.
• At least 3 years of experience practising as a solicitor or barrister within the jurisdiction
• Ability to multi-task and prioritise, 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
• Excellent research and data maintenance skills
• Strong client relationship skills; the ability to establish positive, cooperative and professional relationships, both internal and external
• Be highly trustworthy, discreet, and use good judgement
• Able to work well under pressure, without sacrificing attention to detail
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• 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 large amounts of information
• Computer literacy
• Experience in Aviation Law
• Applications from experienced criminal barristers are welcome
• Experience in Defendant Personal Injury cases
• Existing client base in Aviation, Crime, general Civil Law, or Personal Injury