Macfarlanes - Solicitor

We are seeking to recruit a native Russian solicitor between NQ to two years' UK PQE to join our successful team.

The firm

We are a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on our clients and on delivering excellence in the international legal market.

We are large enough to advise on the most complex matters, giving you the opportunity to work for big brand clients on challenging transactions. We are also small enough to be able to give you greater responsibility in close-knit teams. The size of the firm and its culture means that everyone knows each other and people are approachable and supportive.

We are a firm which relies on the quality of its people and their experience; this is what distinguishes us from our larger competitors and enhances our reputation for solving our clients' most complex legal issues.

Our focus is to foster an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all staff in the firm fairly, and we strive to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance. An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

We strive to provide our solicitors with long-term careers and have a career development programme in place which is designed to support each of our solicitors’ aspirations, enabling them to enhance their legal and commercial skills, and to reach their full potential. We believe our development programme is second to none.

The team

The practice has 16 partners, an in-house QC, 38 solicitors of which four are senior counsel, ten trainees, one professional support lawyer, one costs clerk and seven paralegals.

The practice undertakes a broad range of litigation and arbitration work, including corporate and commercial disputes, financial services and regulatory issues and investigations, trust and probate litigation, major construction, fraud, corporate crime and cross border disputes, and real estate litigation.

We have experienced rapid growth in recent years, doubling revenue in under five years. We have promoted three partners in the past few years and expect further promotions to be made in the coming years.

In light of the success of our practice and the volume of instructions that we are receiving from our clients, we are looking to strengthen our team by recruiting a junior solicitor.

The role

The practice is renowned for its international focus. We have several Russian-speaking clients seeking guidance on disputes, fraud, corporate crime and international arbitration. This role includes a significant amount of liaison with both international law firms and clients.

Key duties will include:

  • providing advice from the early stages of a dispute on litigation, arbitration and settlement strategies;

  • day to day management of disputes, including drafting statements of case and application documents, witness evidence, etc;

  • corresponding with various domestic and foreign law enforcement authorities and the courts;

  • being involved in the management of substantial cases, from the outset of the case through to final hearing. On smaller matters, the role may involve working directly for the supervising partner. On larger matters, it is likely that the role will involve being part of a larger team;

  • working with our Case Management Unit in relation to document and data review;

  • drafting correspondence; and

  • we would anticipate that these roles will have a comparatively high level of interaction with clients, counsel and other litigation support professionals.

This job description encompasses the main duties of the role and is by no means exhaustive. It is anticipated that duties may vary from time to time according to the needs of the team.

The candidate

We want to add lawyers of the highest quality to our team. They need to have strong academics, be willing to take on responsibility (as client contact is encouraged), and to seek to realise their ambitions through the self-development of their technical and soft skills. The ideal individual will fulfil the following criteria:

  • be fluent in both English and Russian;

  • completed a litigation seat during the lawyer's training contract;

  • strong academic qualifications from A Levels, with a minimum 2:1 degree;

  • one to two years’ post-qualification experience from a highly regarded litigation practice;

  • the ability to advise on and deliver commercial solutions to complex disputes;

  • good post-qualification experience in general commercial litigation, with experience in international cross border disputes and investigations;

  • ambitious, with a genuine commitment to develop their professional and legal skills and the profile of the team; and

  • articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard.

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