29 Apr, 2024

Commercial Litigation Associate – 2- 4years PQE – Dispute Resolution Team (St Albans)

  • Debenhams Ottaway
  • Hybrid (St Albans, UK)
Full time Lawyer Solicitor

Job Description

Our highly regarded commercial litigation team is described in the Legal 500 directory as having “perfect depth, excellent breadth, and a great team dynamic”. Led by Juliet Schalker, the team acts on a wide range of high quality commercial litigation work. The team often handles work referred from London and national practices where they are conflicted and has an extensive roster of Insolvency Practitioner clients. We are looking for a dynamic lawyer to help grow the team as it moves forward to the next level. 

Key areas  

Activities will be varied and will include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Dealing with new client enquiries. 

  • Handling all aspects of general commercial litigation to include court claims, applications and advisory work in areas such as: 

Contractual disputes 

Director/shareholder disputes 

Large debt claims  

Insolvency litigation 

  • Providing direction and guidance where required to junior members of the team. 

  • Provide a courteous and efficient service putting clients at the center of everything that is done. 

  • Maintain control of an allocated caseload to ensure that standards of matter conduct, file management, administration, time-recording and accounting are maintained at all times. 

  • Recognise the importance of cross selling and identify opportunities to refer work to other teams. 

  • Attend networking and firm events to build relationships with potential clients and intermediaries. 

  • Assist in developing and implementing marketing strategies for specific area of expertise and work. 

  • Regularly update knowledge and expertise and share this with others’ in the department/firm. 

Skills and attributes  

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience of commercial litigation. 

  • Insolvency experience would be preferred but not essential.  

  • Adopts a client-centred focus at all times taking responsibility for the level of client service in they provide and proactive steps to maximize and improve client relationships. 

  • A commercial and pragmatic attitude to the resolution of disputes. 

  • Able to manage time and workload to prioritise and juggle multiple client priorities. 

  • Willingness to go the extra mile. 

  • High IT literacy. 

  • Effective written and oral communication skills. 

  • Confident with the ability to interface and develop relationships with a variety of people. 

  • Socially confident. 

  • Professional appearance. 

Company overview 

At Debenhams Ottaway we are passionate about delivering high quality services for the clients we work with. Our people are experts in their field, and we pride ourselves on providing professional, trustworthy and reliable advice. We understand that in order to do that, we need great people. 

Set in the heart of St Albans, Hertfordshire we have built a reputation for providing outstanding services and supporting a variety of clients from high profile businesses, local individuals and families throughout the region and further afield. Our people are the key to our success and have created an inclusive, friendly and warm working environment. We strongly believe in developing them, by providing challenging work, support and structured development. With growth on the horizon for us, it is an exciting time to join our firm!  

Staff Type

Legal Staff


PQE 2-6

Competitive Salary


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