Dispute Resolution Associate / Senior Associate

Our Cardiff Dispute Resolution team work on a diverse range of complex challenges facing their clients and you will have the opportunity to work alongside our highly regarded Partners and Associates across our UK offices on a stimulating caseload, taking on more responsibility as your experience grows.

The department has substantial expertise advising clients on a wide range of disputes. We are strongly focused on promoting clients' interests and have extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of disputes from pre-action, through mediation and other forms of ADR, court proceedings (county court, high court, court of appeal ) as well as in arbitration proceedings before a wide variety of arbitral bodies.

Our cases range from relatively simple contractual disputes to complex cases against the largest companies and institutions. Where possible we work with our London and Bristol DR teams.

We have a strong reputation in commercial litigation and advise our clients on disputes relating to general contractual and tortious claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, insolvency (both corporate and personal), debt and asset recovery, contentious trusts and probate and property litigation. The team have a growing reputation in the area of contested probate and Inheritance Act claims.

Team Dispute resolution

Reporting to Head of Dispute Resolution Cardiff

Based Hybrid WFH, Cardiff

Contract Type Permanent, full-time

Hours 9:00am to 5:30pm or 9:30am to 6pm

“An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Cardiff Dispute Resolution team as an Associate / Senior Associate. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious solicitor. We hire with a forward-thinking approach meaning this role comes with excellent prospects for career growth and progression.”

Role Responsibilities

  • Assisting in relation to all aspects of litigation, mediation and alternative forms of dispute resolution
  • Collating and assessing documentary evidence and providing cost proportionate advice on merits/risks to clients
  • Drafting emails, letters, notes of advice, instructions and briefs to counsel, letters of instructions to experts, court documents witness statements and application notices, including injunctive relief
  • Assisting with preparations for and attending hearings (be that remote, in-person or hybrid) including preparing draft documents and hearing bundles
  • Preparing costs budgets, statements of costs and bills to clients
  • Dealing with clients over the phone and by email, and updating them on matters where required. You will be given a high degree of client contact and will be expected to take the lead on smaller matters as the primary contact, meeting clients in person
  • Building client relationships and participating in business development initiatives, including writing articles and providing presentations to clients and pitching opportunities
  • Supervision of Trainee solicitor/paralegal
  • Proficient in IT and case management systems, time recording and ability to prepare and file urgent court documents

Person Specification

  • Strong academics and good quality general litigation experience at a reputable firm
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional presentation and problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail and exceptional organisational skills essential
  • Team player but self-motivated and able to work autonomously and pro-actively
  • Proven multi-tasker with a flair for networking and business development
  • Able to demonstrate the ongoing use of initiative
  • Used to delivering against short deadlines and in the sometimes pressured environment of court deadlines


  • Salary is competitive and you will be eligible for the firm’s discretionary bonus scheme
  • 25 days annual leave including the opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance at 4x Salary
  • Income Protection Cover
  • Optical Care vouchers and many more benefits and discounts

We are an equal opportunities employer and ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.

Appointment is subject to the appropriate basic disclosure/DBS checks, and satisfactory references.

A note to recruitment agencies: we like to recruit utilising internal recruitment team resources initially so this role is only open to direct applicants. If we do need any extra help we will reach out to you and utilise our PSL in the first instance.

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