ALT - Senior Lawyer, Disputes (Johannesburg)
Herbert Smith Freehills
6d ago

The opportunity

The Senior Lawyer is an experienced lawyer who works closely with the ILDP Manager, supporting them in supervising and training teams of Legal Analysts.

The Senior Lawyer reports to the ILDP Manager, who in turn reports to the Senior Manager and Head of Disputes for the region.

The role involves supporting the Manager in supervising Legal Analysts on fee earning projects on a day-to-day basis. The Senior Lawyer will play a proactive role in supervising the performance of fee earners and will assist the Manager with strategic management and delivery of matters.

They will also be expected from time to time to step up and lead projects, escalating to the Manager who will support as necessary.

The Senior Lawyer will have line management responsibility for a group of Legal Analysts as direct reports.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities will include :

  • Assists the Manager in managing the delivery of fee-earning work to the best possible standards of legal quality.
  • Overall responsibility for the management and delivery of fee earning matters in a leadership role where required (i.e.
  • steps up into a Manager role).

  • Supervises Legal Analysts conducting fee earning projects and carries out first-level review on projects where necessary.
  • Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of relevant areas of law to the ALT Disputes practice.
  • Assists the Manager as required by the Senior Managers / Head of Disputes for the region, in drafting, updating and revising internal processes relating to our Disputes practice.
  • Supports with pricing at the outset of a matter and then assists in managing costs and billing throughout, under the supervision of the Manager.
  • Supports with the development of workflow for specific projects (e.g. drafting relevant sections of the review manual).
  • Assists the Manager in the drafting and preparation of case-related communications with clients and required reporting throughout a project.
  • Good drafting skills will be essential.

  • Assists the Manager in project managing the Johannesburg team on individual matters, including : Dealing with complex issues on individual matters that are escalated by the Legal Analysts.
  • Communication with the internal client (partner / managing associate) on individual matters where appropriate.Ensuring that relevant legal issues are understood by the Johannesburg team working on a matter on an on-

    going basis and raising training issues with the Manager.Conducting quality control (e.g. to check all fee earning work is being conducted accurately), as directed by the Manager.

    Managing the appropriate technology employed for each matter.Ensuring own and team compliance with financial disciplines on matters.

    Where required by specific projects, managing the billing process / WIP management.Liaising with teams elsewhere in the firm (e.

    g. Belfast) as required on projects.

  • Line management responsibility for Legal Analysts as direct reports, including :
  • Coaching and mentoring team members to ensure high performance.
  • Performance management.
  • Addressing issues promptly with individuals and if necessary escalating issues with respect to conduct and performance on projects to the HR team when necessary.
  • Absence management including holiday approvals, sickness, other leave.
  • Skills, experience and qualifications

  • Admitted South African Attorney (other common law jurisdictions will be considered).
  • minimum 3 (three) years' PQE as at November 2017 gained in the Disputes practice area, ideally in a commercial legal environment.
  • High level of attention to detail, but can also step back from the detail and see problems, opportunities and trends.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to summarise complex issues succinctly verbally and in writing.
  • Strong analytical ability, coupled with sound judgement to balance multiple factors and solve complex problems.
  • Strong IT literacy, including an aptitude for learning (and becoming proficient in) the use of software and IT applications, for example using search terms intelligently to navigate large databases / document management systems
  • Competencies

    Personal leadership : takes initiative, embraces challenges and brings energy and drive to their work

  • Builds own capability
  • Establishes credibility
  • Builds resilience
  • Technical capability : deepens legal knowledge and insight, applying it with judgement and clarity

  • Builds knowledge
  • Applies capability
  • Exercises judgement
  • Collaborates with others : volunteers, assists others and contributes to positive team spirit

  • Takes initiative
  • Supports team members
  • Contributes to building the team culture
  • Plans and delivers outcomes : contributes to the smooth and effective running of matters

  • Plans and organises
  • Progresses the work
  • Applies financial discipline
  • Enhances the client experience : helps to create a positive working relationships with clients

  • Understands the client context
  • Supports client relationships
  • Takes a commercial approach
  • Contributes to building the firm : builds and innovates for the firm's future

  • Builds the business
  • Innovates to support the firm
  • Group / Team

    Alternative Legal Services

    Group / Team description

    The Alternative Legal Services business delivers high quality, cost-efficient legal services for document or information intensive, defined process work.

    The team works in a complementary and seamless way, offering a combination of legal expertise, process efficiency and client technology solutions to our clients.

    The key products and services of our Alternative Legal Services business include document review, regulatory claims assessment, due diligence, verification commercial contracts, funds' repapering, client technology services (including advisory and document review software) and asset management for real estate clients.

    Role type

    Legal professionals / Practice Group

    Diversity & Inclusion

    We aim to have a diverse, innovative culture where high performance, client focus and highly engaged people are our differentiator and where we celebrate the uniqueness of our people.

    Our firm is made up of people with a range of experience and backgrounds. We strive to ensure that our inclusive environment means our people feel valued and able to perform at their best by being their authentic selves at work.

    We know that our future success not only depends on being innovative and progressive in the changing legal market but, most importantly, on our people feeling engaged.

    Herbert Smith Freehills

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