Senior Associate

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Department: Litigation

Location: Guernsey

Service: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Our Litigation team help our clients solve their problems and protect their interests.  We're looking for a Senior Associate to enhance our Guernsey Litigation team and improve our already award winning client service.

Instructed by a wide range of financial institutions, fiduciary service providers, commercial entities and private individuals based worldwide our expert teams are involved in a broad spectrum of litigation work. This includes trust disputes, insolvencies, boardroom battles, fraud and asset recovery, regulatory enforcement and arbitration.

We believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach and our clients have access to our experienced litigation partners for the duration of any case. We take on our clients' issues and guide them towards the best solution, communicating regularly and providing reassurance at every stage.

Broadly, our practice encompasses:

  • Contentious trusts and probate

  • Commercial disputes (including banking and finance)

  • Fraud and asset tracing

  • Regulation and enforcement

  • Employment 

Purpose of the job

To work as part of the team providing a full range of litigation services to the clients of Bedell Cristin, Guernsey.  To take principal charge of work assignments within the group, with minimal partner intervention.  This will entail extensive direct client contact, being responsible for the supervision of junior legal assistant(s) and taking an active role in the identification and implementation of new business initiatives.

To work with the Partners to grow the business by assisting with the development and implementation of the Group’s strategic plans for the particular work area.

Main responsibilities

  • To take responsibility for the management and co-ordination of client work as delegated by the Partners.

  • To manage risk exposure in accordance with the firm's policies and procedures.

  • To ensure all clients receive a high quality, timely and professional service to meet their needs.

  • To delegate to and actively supervise the work of more junior staff as appropriate.

  • To assist as required with the motivation, management and development of other fee earners and support staff in the work area.

  • To support the Partners in building an efficient group structure (this may include involvement in recruitment).

  • Take personal responsibility for achieving target hours, proactively manage billings and debtors and record time in a consistent way.

  • Providing an efficient and high quality legal support service to the partners across all aspects of their client work to include researching, writing opinions, reviewing documentation, drafting, preparing cases for court.

  • Assisting in the promotion and development of the litigation team as a whole in the Channel Islands and across our jurisdictions by working with the Partners and assistants across the jurisdictions and engaging in business development and know how activities.

  • Taking personal responsibility for the management of matters.

  • Assisting in the promotion, development and implementation of the practice areas business plans.

  • Promote and strengthen the Bedell brand.

  • Within the Group’s strategy, contribute as required to the development and implementation of the firm's business development plans, with the aim of attracting more work from existing clients and developing new client relationships.

  • Support new ventures, identify cross selling opportunities and seek ways to develop our services.

  • Managing such other activities/projects as may be required by the Partners from time to time.

  • Adhering to all policies, procedures and regulations as required


  • The right candidate will have 6 yrs+ PQE with Guernsey/UK/Commonwealth qualification.


  • Significant experience in the practice area

  • Strong technical ability

  • Some delegation and supervisory experience

  • Some business development experience

  • The ability to prioritise and manage time effectively

  • Good drafting and research skills.

  • Knowledge of research platforms, document management systems.

  • An understanding of key financial indicators and disciplines relating to time recording and billing.

  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to time manage and prioritise effectively.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


We would like you to have:

  • A client focused approach.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills both written and oral.

  • Organisational/time management skills and the ability to prioritise and manage a workload effectively within deadlines.

  • A responsible, disciplined and methodical approach and a keen eye for detail.

  • The ability to use initiative to resolve issues and to work independently with an appropriate level of supervision.

  • Flexibility, energy and enthusiasm.

In this role you will be expected to:

  • Adhere to all policies, procedures and regulations including those around anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

  • Commit to fulfilling your personal CPD requirements and to continually develop your skills and knowledge.

  • Act in keeping with our core behaviours.

Additional information

  • To be considered for the role of Senior Associate individuals will have demonstrated to the satisfaction of their supervising partners that they have the relevant technical skills as well as the personal qualities and attributes to effectively delegate and supervise the work of others.

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