3 Years PQE Personal Injury (RTA) Litigator (Solicitor)
Post Title: 3 Years PQE Personal Injury (RTA) Litigator (Solicitor)
Service Area: Personal Injury- Litigation
Team: Personal Injury Department
Employer: AMT Lawyers
Salary Grade: £25,000-£35,000 (dependant on experience)- additional bonus packages available
Post Reports to: Head of Litigation
Post Responsible for: RTA Litigation within the Personal Injury Department
Job role summary
1. To undertake matters which you are competent to conduct having due regard to the policies and procedures defined in the Office Manual relating to your areas of work.
2. Arranging appointments and attending new, current and former clients and dealing with their queries including:
· Obtaining instructions and advising on course(s) of action, length and cost of case (as appropriate);
· Assessment of client’s financial means and explanation of private terms and conditions
· Drafting and/or dictating correspondence to client, court, solicitors counsel and other third-parties, including Statements, Notices, Applications, and other Legal Forms/Documents (especially relevant court forms);
· Instructing counsel, experts, solicitor advocates or other third-parties, reviewing reports and continued liaison as required;
· Advising on appropriate course of action;
· Arranging and attending hearings and conferences as and when required;
· Obtaining and reviewing evidence and statements;
· Negotiation on clients behalf and, liaison with opponents etc. to obtain most preferable outcome for clients;
· Ensuring efficient day-to-day progress of all matters, prioritising work as necessary and keeping the client informed on progress.
A competitive salary and excellent benefits package will be provided to candidates of the right caliber.
The successful candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience as a Solicitor managing a Personal Injury case load with a high percentage of litigated RTA files. You will receive the files once they drop out of the portal and manage them through the litigation process. Applications are invited from Solicitors with an in depth knowledge of PI law and a proven track record in RTA litigation. The role will also involve coaching and guiding junior staff in RTA law, procedures and process and court process/attendance.
Additionally, the successful candidate will have experience in dealing with liability, quantum and costs. In particular, will be well experienced in the mechanics of the Part 36 procedure and also experience of working on the MOJ Portal. Experience of dealing with technical points of insurance law, such as MIB work, the European Regulations and Article 75 issues would be advantageous.
To work positively and inclusively with colleagues and customers so that AMT Lawyers provide a quality service and additionally to deliver services that do not discriminate against people on the ground of their age, sexuality, religion or belief, race, gender or disabilities.
To fulfill personal requirements, where appropriate, with regard to AMT Lawyers policies and procedures, health, safety and welfare, customer care, emergency, evacuation, security and promotion of the firm’s priorities. Maintaining and upholding the firm’s reputation whilst dealing with all aspects of the role.
To work flexibly in the interests of the service. This may include undertaking other duties provided that these are appropriate to the employee’s background, skills and abilities. Where this occurs there will be consultation with the employee and any necessary personal development will be taken into account.
1. Problem Solving/Creativity/maintaining standards
· Respond to issues requiring a good understanding of work-area policies and procedures.
· Resolves complex problems in a thorough and timely manner; use discretion and know who to go to in order to resolve issues and complete tasks.
· Take a moderate level of accountability in the delivery of services offered by AMT Lawyers.
· Analyse and interpret a variety of situations and determine the most appropriate course of action.
· Use appropriate tools available to undertake the task as efficiently as possible
· Use relevant information from various sources to solve problems that impact own work area
· Update manuals/procedures and provide training to paralegals where appropriate
· Prioritise work, taking into account own work area and needs of other work areas
· Work as part of a team understanding and focusing on how the role supports the team’s and department’s priorities
· Work with colleagues to co-ordinate, develop, improve and work to Lexcel standards.
2. Responsibility and accountability
• Responsible for the receipt and acknowledgment of queries with appropriate tracking and response
• Responsible for prioritising work
• Responsible for supporting others.
• Interpret and communicate established processes and procedures to a range of audiences
• Convey information/advice to others that can be complex in nature and oversee implementation of any action
• Share information, verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner.
• Tailor communication to different audiences and clients.
4. Decision Making
• Obtain necessary level of information to inform decision making guided by general instructions and practices requiring interpretation.
• Articulate when necessary how decisions have been reached
• Provide advice and feedback to support other’s decision making
• Automatically make decisions on routine issues
• Follow departmental procedures.
• Exercise confidentiality in relation to personal and sensitive information based on AMT Lawyers policy and procedures.
5. Knowledge & Skill
• Detailed knowledge and understanding of own work area and how it impacts wider operations within AMT Lawyers.
• Ability to use the appropriate system in place applicable in the service area with specific support and training
• Keep up to date with issues relating to the work of the team and department
• Proactively research information from a range of different sources, internally and externally to help inform own knowledge to benefit the work of the team.
• Develop expertise in a range of areas and practice within the firm.
• Personal Health and Safety in the workplace
6. Risk management
• Understands the risks associated with the nature of the service you are supporting and identifies areas of concern, taking any initial remedial action and raising these appropriately with the head of department and partner.
7. Innovation and Flexibility
• Ability to transfer skills to a range of service areas with specific support and knowledge available.
• Ability to pick up variance in approaches within specific support and knowledge provided.
• Ability to consider better ways of delivering support, communicating this as a proposed change