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Sr Associate - Liverpool

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29 Oct 2021

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PGMBM is a unique partnership between British, Brazilian and American lawyers, with particular expertise in group litigation and is currently managing some of the largest claims in English legal history including claims arising from the collapse of the Fundão Dam, the largest environmental disaster in the history of Brazil. The firm is also at the cutting-edge of group consumer claims, representing thousands of affected clients throughout Europe and across the globe.

PGMBM, has grown globally, expanding out of its London offices into Europe and the United States. See our website for more information about our firm.

Why is this role crucial for PGMBM?PGMBM now requires a Senior Associate to join our litigation practice. The ideal candidate will have excellent management and preferably cross-border litigation experience with a keen interest in one or more of the following fields:
  • Environmental protection and Human rights; and
  • Data protection;
  • Consumer product liability;
  • Medical product liability;
  • Competition law.
We rely on predominantly on senior associates to run the cases on daily basis. We look to the Sr Lawyers for their insights, knowledge of procedure, an ability to develop a case strategy, as well as their existing knowledge applicable procedural rules of law. Sr Associate will be given wider management and case strategy and responsibilities. We are keen on candidates who are looking to grow as a lawyer and to becoming a key asset on the firm's expansion plans. This exceptional opportunity suits ambitious and hardworking lawyers who enjoy working as part of a collaborative and dynamic team and share our passion for achieving justice for those we represent.

Reports to the Legal Director or Managing Partner.

Role & Responsibilities And Core Competencies
  • Ad hoc duties commensurate with your role are also included in the below
  • Manage large, complex and contentious cases, including multi-jurisdictional disputes in a fast paced environment
  • Work closely with partners and lawyers in your team to deliver high standard work
  • Advise on case strategy aligned with the clients' interests
  • Assist the firm in achieving its professional objectives
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external counsel, expert witnesses, financial partners and other external parties
  • Supervise junior associates and trainees and provide them with adequate mentoring and training
  • Contribute to PGMBM's business developments, including raising the firm's profile by partaking in marketing activities and contributing to the firm's publications
  • Have an excellent academic record (1st/2:1 and/or commendations and distinctions in GDL/LPC/BPTC)
  • 5 PQE + or equivalent with the majority of experience gained in an English litigation practice
  • Strong technical skills with proven experience in complex English litigation, preferably with experience in environmental protection, competition, data protection or consumer/medical product liability
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to understand the clients' needs and an ability to adopt the best-case strategy
  • Excellent knowledge of the English civil procedure rules and managing proceedings in the English courts
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy to produce work which is consistently of a high standard
  • Be highly organised and able to work well independently as well as collaboratively
  • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior associates/paralegals
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by previous collaborative work with external and internal parties
  • Demonstrate flexible approach to work to ensure client deadlines are met and clients are communicated with efficiently
  • Very strong organisational skills, file management and time/record keeping
  • Confident communicator able to work calmly under pressure
  • Have empathy and passion for the clients we represent
  • Experience in pro-bono or social justice/human rights work
  • Private medical insurance (Vitality)
  • Private pension scheme (People's Pension)
  • Life Assurance (Canada Life)
  • Enhanced sickness pay - 10 days paid leave over a 12-month period
  • Paid study leave - 5 days per year
  • Paternity leave - 2 months paid enhanced leave
  • Maternity leave - 6 months paid enhanced leave
  • Pregnancy & loss policy - support for women and their partners who have been affected by pregnancy loss
  • Fertility treatment leave- 5 days per year
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme -access to counselling and a variety of external support for you and your family members (Health Assured)
  • Eye test vouchers
  • 'Grammarly' package support
  • 1Password personal account
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Relaunched referral bonus (£500-2000 depending on role)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 5 days paid 'time off for dependents' per rolling year
  • 2 days per year paid CSR / charity days
  • 25 days of annual leave
PGMBM employee commitmentAt PGMBM we believe in championing personal growth and achievements, but first and foremost, we're also a team, and a team is strongest when everyone feels that they are supported and valued as individuals.

We know that our team are the heart of PGMBM and that is why we make the following commitment to all our people:
  • To be a meritocracy with a fair and transparent pay review process
  • To offer opportunities for internal promotion
  • To provide everyone with a fair and structured performance review process
  • To provide a learning environment that supports its employees in becoming experts in their roles
  • To give all PGMBM's people opportunities to influence and improve how we work
Our commitment to building an inclusive workplacePGMBM is an equal opportunities employer who believes passionately that our team should represent the diversity of the clients that we support. We are committed to providing a place of work that provides fair and equal career growth and learning opportunities to all its employees. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind within our company and we celebrate creating a culture offering opportunity for all, regardless of race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio economic background, disability or religious beliefs.

We will retain your details on file for six months from the date of your application. Please see further information here on how PGMBM handles personal data.
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