Associate

As a specialist in reputation protection, privacy and security, Schillings has not been afraid to lead from the front, defending the rights and freedoms of clients in an age of instant communication and relentless change. We are the only business in the world to deploy - under one roof - intelligence experts, investigators, cyber specialists, risk consultants, kidnap for ransom responders, lawyers and senior people from the military and government. We work with some of the biggest names and most influential people on the planet, driven by a fundamental belief that reputations can be defended, and that privacy is a right for all. So, if you're uninspired by the norm and want a challenge, Schillings might just be the place for you.

Job purpose

  • To assist with defamation, privacy, data protection and commercial litigation matters with limited supervision from Partners.
  • Pro-actively participate in solving client problems; offering stratgic solutions to Partners as to the way forward on matters and collaborating with experts from across the business to deliver the best solutions for clients.
  • To pomote the firm and support winning new instructions for the firm from existing and new clients. 

Accountabilities

Matter management

  • Competently deal with complex client cases, working with Partners and Senior Associates and supervising the work of more junior fee-earners, to affect a successful outcome.
  • Meet identified business targets for chargeable hours, billing and cash collection, demonstrating good financial management of debtors, disbursements and work in progress.
  • Understand the firm's responsibilities regarding effective risk management, statutory requirements and file management practices.

 Client care

  • Responsible for all aspects of client management, anticipating clients' needs and providing advice, ensuring the highest standard of client care and communication.

Knowledge

  • Understand the different capabilities at Schillings and always look for the best solution for clients, which may not always be the legal team taking action.
  • Develop own and other fee-earners skills and experience, sharing knowledge and best practice to the benefit of the firm, its clients and employees.
  • Work with Partners to continually improve the firm's operating practices.
  • Complete all mandatory training and maintain CPD requirements.

Business development

  • Build visibility and contribute to seminars, presentations and other marketing opportunities to publicise the firm's expertise e.g. by writing articles for publication. 
  • Support Partners in developing and/or pitching for business.

Candidate requirements

  • Minimum 2.1 degree awarded from a leading universiity.
  • Professional track record in a comparable firm with 4+ years of relevant post qualification experience in our core practice areas and experience handling high profile clients.
  • Sound judgement, excellent analytical skills and proven record of success in resolution of client matters. 
  • Self-starter with a high level of personal responsibility and drive.
  • Maintains network of professional contacts to keep abreast of new ideas in area(s) of specialism. 
  • Robust and able to overcome challenges; performs consistently well under pressure.
  • Demonstrates highest standards of professional and personal integrity.

Competencies

  • Technically excellent: demonstrates a sound level of legal and technical knowledge and expertise in our specialist practice areas: defamation, privacy, harassment, data protection and commercial litigation, developing a reputation as an industry expert.
  • Able to draft complex documentation and correspondence, possibly without precedent, identifying and analysing all legal and commercial issues.
  • Demonstrates experience in dealing with the media and engaging in contentious issues pre and post publication.
  • Good interpersonal and consultancy skills: an active listener who speaks and writes clearly, concisely, accurately and persuasively, tailored to audience. 
  • Highly organised: plans ahead; identifies likely work flow patterns; spots issues and makes contingency plans; and consistently delivers own and others' tasks on time and to budget. 
  • Commercially aware with strong analytical and reasoning skills: rapidly grasps and interprets complex information, ideas and key issues and identifies creative solutions to client problems. 
  • Committed to providing excellent client care: is personable, looks to develop relationships with clients and keeps up to date on news coverage about clients and their industries.
  • Positive team player: Actively involved in team and firm wide activities, making the most of opportunities to promote the firm and enjoys mentoring more junior staff.

Life at Schillings

Given our audacious (and successful) business strategy, it is not surprising that Schillings has a very strong culture. While not for the fainthearted, the atmosphere is highly collaborative and focused on excellence. We have worked hard over the years to develop a coaching culture and are remarkably non-hierarchical, especially given our roots as a law firm. The company has adopted a set of values to put at the heart of this change and they reflect the intention and tenor of our ambitious plans. They are: 'Innovative; Bold; United; and Excellent'. Schillings' client list speaks for the outstanding results that have been delivered over many years and the task now is to grow without losing any of the commitment to delivering for clients or the service ethos. Finding outstanding people who can thrive in this environment is key to our success.