Vacancy: Assistant Solicitor, Media Law
Full time; February 2019 start, competitive salary
Brett Wilson LLP is recognised by practitioners and commentators as a leading specialist in media law. The firm takes great pride in offering its clients the best tailormade solutions.
The media law department is an exciting environment for those with a passion for this unique area of law. Unlike many other firms that practice media law, Brett Wilson's media lawyers work exclusively in this field. Their practice is not supplemented by commercial litigation or non-contentious work. This is a conscious decision that helps our lawyers maximise their expertise.
The successful applicant will undertake defamation, privacy and harassment work. This will include claims arising from publications/broadcasts online and in the mainstream media, as well as privacy and data breaches. Whilst the department undertakes some defendant work, it predominantly acts for claimants.
On a typical case, an assistant solicitor has day-to-day conduct of a file and reports to one of the department's two partners for strategic input. The majority of our clients are individual professionals, businesspeople, and HNWIs. However, we also act for SMEs, charities, and local government.
The successful candidate must have extensive experience of civil litigation (relative to their PQE) and an excellent knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules. Applicants should feel comfortable taking instructions from clients alone, running their own caseload and progressing matters with minimal supervision. They should be natural communicators and comfortable with advising people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, as well as corporates. They should be commercially minded, and adept at working under pressure and as part of a team.
The position is open to candidates who have media law experience and those with general commercial/civil litigation experience, who have a genuine desire to break into this area of law (note that the application process will involve two assessments). The role is ideally suitable for solicitors of between 2-4 years' PQE, but the firm will consider applications from exceptional candidates from NQ upwards.
The firm is committed to offering the highest level of service to its clients and the applicant must share this ethos and adhere to the highest professional standards. The department employs a 'double-tick' protocol, meaning that all substantive work is reviewed by a partner.
It is essential that the successful applicant has excellent IT skills, including the intermediate-level features of Microsoft Office and prior use of case management systems. As the department specialises in online publications claim, a practical understanding of the internet and social media is required.
The application process is in three stages:-
- Submission of covering letter/CV
- Remote assessment (typically you will be emailed a set of facts and asked to draft a Letter of Claim)
- Written assessment at the office and interview.
If you wish to apply
Applications should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Solicitor Vacancy – Media Law” and attaching a covering letter and CV. The covering letter should set out your suitability for the role with reference to the above criteria.
Due to the high volume of applications that the firm receives, we are unable to take telephone enquiries in relation to this position. We will only respond to your application if you are selected for interview. Pro-forma applications will not be considered and please do not apply for this position if you do not have the requisite skills and experience.
The firm will not respond to enquiries from agencies.