Solicitor

PQE: 3-5
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Restructuring and Business Advisory
Location: Glasgow
The team

We currently have two opportunities within our Restructuring and Business Advisory team based in Glasgow.

Our Restructuring and Business Advisory team is one of the leaders in the market.  We advise companies and all classes of stakeholders on the full spectrum of issues that arise in corporate restructuring, insolvency and turnaround matters and pride our self on our responsive, commercial approach.

The role

Each role will include:

  • Advising companies and boards on issues relating to financial stress and distress, turnaround and restructuring options, directors’ duties and insolvency.
  • Advising lenders in relation to their relationships with borrowers facing financial difficulty.
  • Advising suppliers, customers, landlords and other stakeholders of the implications of counter-party distress/insolvency.  
  • Working with insolvency practitioners to negotiate and implement sales of business and assets in time pressured situations.
  • Acting for purchasers acquiring businesses through accelerated M&A processes
  • Providing tailored training to clients.

The team works closely with colleagues from across the firm, especially from real estate, banking and finance, corporate and commercial dispute resolution.

We are looking for candidates who enjoy the challenge of working in a fast paced environment and are keen to engage in the business development elements of the role as well as the advisory and technical aspects.

The first role is for a 0-2 year PQE solicitor preferably with direct Restructuring and Business Advisory experience in a qualified role, but consideration will be given to those who are newly qualified or candidates with less direct experience in such work but a clear aptitude and appetite to apply their skills to this challenging and dynamic area of work.

The second role is for a solicitor/associate of 3-5 years PQE (qualified in Scotland and/or England/Wales) with demonstrable skills obtained working on restructuring and insolvency mandates in a practice recognised for such work and who will have worked with and be known to a number of restructuring accountants in Scotland who operate in this field.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

For each role, the successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in corporate restructuring and insolvency, including a good working knowledge of insolvency processes, experience of acting in business sale transactions, and a strong understanding of finance and security documentation.
  • Great communication skills
  • Strong analytical and drafting skills
  • A desire to find innovative and commercial solutions for clients
  • A keenness to build and develop strong working relationships with our clients
Other information

Technical/Legal Skills

  • Demonstrates appropriate range of legal knowledge and, with assistance, can identify issues outside their expertise and seek appropriate assistance.
  • Obtains relevant information to complete task.
  • Produces a solution best addressing the client’s requirements, with minimum guidance.
  • Demonstrates potential to display effective spoken and written advocacy skills.
  • If appropriate, seeks to comply with formalities required in connection with spoken and written advocacy and to deal with witnesses and opposing arguments effectively.

Business/Work Management

  • Identifies strategies to manage work in order to attain objectives within agreed timescales and budgets.
  • Keeps all clients and colleagues up-to-date with latest developments. y
  • Complies with all firm policies and procedures, including financial.
  • Implements improvements in working methods.
  • Prepares well for meetings.
  • Makes effective use of the firm’s information management systems, and complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

Business Development & Client Relationship Management

  • Communicates clearly with prospective and current clients in all contexts.
  • Assists in assessing scope of work and fees within team.
  • Develops effective ways of delivering client solutions with minimum guidance.
  • Knows players at each client and builds relationships.
  • Developing an understanding of the impact of external market forces on clients, and identifies trends which may lead to opportunities.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of client care issues.
  • Communicates client feedback to partner/senior associate/associate. Understands value of activity versus time spent.
  • Participates in marketing activities.
  • Assists in the development of credible marketing plans.
  • Demonstrates effective presentation and writing skills.
  • Implements cross selling opportunities.

People Management

  • Developing an effective personal presence with partners and colleagues. Demonstrates ability to manage and supervise work effectively and to seek or provide support when required.
  • Delegates work effectively to both fee earning and non-fee earning staff. Supports diversity & inclusion within the team.

Personal Development and Knowledge Management

  • Completes appropriate CPD hours.
  • Maintains an adequate and up to date understanding of relevant law, policy and practice, and to identify where legal research is required.
  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and development, evaluates strengths and limitations in relation to the demands of their work, and reflects on and learns from others.
  • Undertakes personal study/research to address gaps in knowledge.
  • Utilises internal/external knowledge resources e.g. libraries, daily current awareness/plc newsletter etc.
  • Contributes to firm’s knowledge resources. Gives well prepared and presented training sessions with minimum guidance.

Ethics, professionalism and judgment

  • Recognition of ethical issues, will raise with appropriate person and will seek to address.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and application of the ethical concepts which govern their role and behaviour as a lawyer.
  • Identifies the relevant SRA or LSS principles and rules of professional conduct and seeks assistance in applying them.
  • Resists pressure to condone, ignore or commit unethical behaviour.
  • Respects diversity, and acts fairly and inclusively.
  • Discloses when work is beyond their personal capability and recognises when they have made mistakes and takes appropriate action.
  • Seeks expert advice when required, and makes effective use of feedback, guidance and support received.

Firm Contribution

  • Assists in development of team's operational goals.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the inter-relationship between strategic and operational management.
  • Displays an awareness of organisational goals and has an engaged commitment to team goals.
  • Participates in extra practice events to assist development of firm