Junior Dispute Resolution Solicitor Position in Sussex

Junior Dispute Resolution Solicitor

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex

We are looking for an ambitious and commercially minded junior litigation and dispute resolution solicitor to join us at The Jonathan Lea Network as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake an interesting and challenging mix of civil and commercial work, including corporate, property and intellectual property disputes.

Depending on experience, we can offer a starting salary of between £40K and £50k per annum. Full time regular hours are Monday to Thursday 9am – 6pm and Friday 9am – 5pm, although those who put extra hours in will be rewarded with improved salary and career progression.

Benefits include a Christmas bonus and a generous commission scheme which can significantly increase your salary if you are able to introduce new clients and work to the firm.

We also have a strong social side to the business and regularly organise team events, dinners and parties. We are open to discussing and agreeing flexible working arrangements, although we will require at least some of your time to be spent regularly in the office.

Your new company

The Jonathan Lea Network is a forward-thinking business focused law firm that since it started trading as an SRA regulated firm on 1st May 2019 has grown by more than 1000%. In November 2021 we moved into a much larger new open plan office, which is just a 5-minute walk from Haywards Heath train station, to accommodate more new joiners.

Our clients include leading technology startups and owner managed companies across a range of industry sectors. Most are based in London and around the South East, while our work is also often international in scope.

We are looking for someone who wants to supercharge their career and make a name for themselves by contributing to a fast-growing practice. You will benefit from the kind of experience not available at larger more established firms and will learn more, contribute more and grow personally and professionally in a way that will exceed your expectations. By joining us you will never be just a number and will always have a full workload, but you will also be able to enjoy a healthy work life balance if so desired.

We are increasingly doing work for quality clients that much larger and more established law firms would be envious of. We have already developed a strong brand and reputation which will only improve and lead to larger and more lucrative instructions coming our way.

Your new role

From joining you will be reporting to and, where needed, supervised by two experienced senior dispute resolution solicitors. You will also be expected to delegate to and help manage several trainee solicitors and paralegals who undertake litigation work, while our remote network of experienced consultant solicitors will assist you on matters relating to their expertise.

You will be given as much responsibility as you can handle and be able to run your own files and be the main point of contact for clients.

The role is varied and involves advising on disputes across practice areas, including:

  • property;
  • corporate / commercial;
  • employment;
  • wills and probate; and
  • intellectual property.

Experience required

NQ – 3 years PQE.

Applicants should have:

  • experience of active County Court / High Court litigation;
  • a good background in at least some of the relevant areas of law;
  • an ability to work well independently and use your own initiative, but also react positively to close supervision
  • an open and friendly demeanor which thrives in a highly collaborative team environment;
  • a meticulous eye for detail and an eloquent and precise way with words;
    high service and presentation standards;
  • IT adroitness and social media savviness;
  • a genuine passion for entrepreneurship, business and commercial legal work;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • the ability to calmly and humorously deal with a busy workload and demanding clients;
  • an enthusiasm to take on new challenges and broaden your knowledge base and skills set; and
  • a desire to contribute to marketing, networking and business development activities.

If you would like to apply please send us a CV and covering letter to alice.roseman@jonathanlea.net