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Associate

Company: Shakespeare Martineau    Location: Birmingham
We are looking for a Solicitor / Associate or Legal Director to join our Birmingham-based Restructuring & Insolvency team.

You will be working directly for the Restructuring & Insolvency Team Leader and will be involved in all areas of insolvency matters. This comprises both corporate and personal, and both contentious and non-contentious; although the role will be biased towards non-contentious corporate. It will also involve a high degree of client contact.

Your key duties will be:
  • working alongside senior lawyers to provide assistance on a broad range of recovery matters and insolvency
  • acting for Lenders and Insolvency practitioners to provide fast, pragmatic and commercial advice
  • working closely with businesses, directors and individuals facing financial difficulties
  • running cases efficiently and cost-effectively within strict service level agreements, as required by the client
  • working with marketing strategies to attract new clients and developing relationships with current clients
  • handling queries and enquiries efficiently
Skills and experience you will have:
  • between 3-6 years (dependent on role) previous experience in a similar role
  • previous non-contentious experience must include:
- advising on restructuring solutions

- managing AMA processes

- advising on sale of businesses out of distressed situations

- providing general advice to lenders and insolvency practitioners in the full range of insolvency situations is key
  • previous non-contentious experience must include:
- advising on antecedent transactions and directors conduct would be particularly useful
  • a high degree of legal analytical skills
  • strong advocacy skills
  • drafting skills such as SPAs, court applications, detailed letters of advice to clients, statements and briefs to counsel
  • finding practical and innovative solutions to a range of problems
  • a proven track record of business development
  • strong IT skills
Key competencies you will need:
  • a commercial approach to property as a security asset
  • to be personable and have experience of dealing with a broad range of clients
  • to be willing to attend marketing/networking events and contribute to marketing publications to develop the profile of the team
  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • the ability to work in a busy team
  • excellent communication skills
About you you will be:
  • highly enthusiastic, willing to the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and can do attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership of this

Additional information

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here .

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.