We are recruiting for a Legal Director to join our market-leading Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) team in Bristol. Our team is one of the UK's largest teams in the field of financial services litigation, comprising over 150 people across Bristol, Manchester, London, Belfast and Glasgow. It is rated by Chambers as being in the top tier of firms outside of London advising in this area.

The Group is led by Jonathan Hoey, who is recognised by Chambers as a 'Leader in his Field'. The team is described as a group of "…talented solicitors advising on a broad range of contentious matters". Clients tell us that the team is "responsive, commercial, cost-effective and very good at scanning the horizon."

Your Role

The team carries out high value and complex banking litigation, defended mortgage litigation, professional negligence claims, defends claims brought by consumers and businesses, investment banking litigation, international disputes, regulatory, fraud, trade finance, and receivership instructions. We defend reputationally sensitive claims and undertake specialist projects with our clients to help to prevent claims against them in the future.

If you are keen to join this team, we will invest in you. We want you to be successful. You can be based remotely if required, with travel to our Bristol office around once a week.

You will receive bespoke training throughout your career ensuring you have the technical and commercial skills to build an effective and successful practice. You will be part of client teams, ensuring your experience is varied and broad. Through our national service lines you will work with notable clients and become a sector specialist.   

 Once you are in the role of Legal Director you will deliver the following:

  • Being a key point of contact for one or more strategic clients and being a trusted business advisor to clients
  • Providing quality service, supporting the client relationship and helping to secure ongoing business
  •  Providing competent strategic and commercial legal advice across a range of disputes, including in relation to matters which are high-value, reputationally sensitive, and which can involve short-notice applications
  • Managing and supervising a group of solicitors and legal assistants and ensuring they hit their key performance targets
  • Developing and encouraging others through support, coaching, guidance and constructive feedback
  • Running a caseload for key financial services clients including clearing banks, private banks, building societies and/or niche lenders. Being a senior member of the FSDI team and actively working with the management team to grow the team and practice areas
  • Delivering profitable and quality results both for the firm and clients through continued focus on improvement and innovation
  • Developing strong working relationships with contacts at key financial services clients
  • Being a ‘go-to’ person in one or more areas within financial service litigation
  • Actively engaging in business development activities with clients and potential clients.

Your Skills and Experience

To be considered for this role, you will have a minimum of 5 years of post-qualified experience, working within financial services litigation, or commercial litigation (defendant). If your experience is predominately in commercial litigation, we would expect to see a tangible interest in developing your career in financial litigation.

Prior supervision experience is essential for this role, and this will ideally be in a formal management/development capacity.

You will have/be:

  • A Qualified Solicitor (SRA or Law Society Registered), already operating at a Senior level
  • A proven track record in business development and maintaining strong client relationships
  • Experience of supervising and/or managing a small team
  • Able to demonstrate first class communication skills with the ability and confidence to engage with clients and colleagues at all levels
  • Able to confidently provide strategic advice to a variety of TLT clients
  • An active, senior member of the team at TLT, with the commitment to developing the firm’s offering locally and nationally

Your Team

TLT has one of the largest dedicated Financial Services Disputes practices in the UK, with partner led teams in all jurisdictions. We act for a range of financial institutions including large UK banks, international banks, challenger banks and fintechs, giving commercial and practical advice to resolve disputes.

We advise across the whole spectrum of contentious issues associated with commercial, business and consumer finance, including dispute resolution, pre-litigation management and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

About TLT

Fast paced, fast growing and forward thinking, TLT is the law firm that helps clients stay one step ahead, and we do the same for our people.

We work with high profile clients in innovative sectors. With local, national and international reach, we have over 1,200 people in offices across the UK and a network of partner firms across Europe, India and the US. In 2021 we were named The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, recognising our incredible success story.

Our purpose is to protect, prepare and progress our clients for what comes next and it’s essential that we do the same for our people, our planet and our communities too. In our open and collaborative culture, we encourage everyone to be their whole self, to have a voice and to contribute. 

Our Benefits

We value our employees highly and we want you to feel valued. You’ll receive a competitive salary with an annual pay review. You will also have access to an extensive range of benefits via our flexible benefits scheme including 30 days holiday and private medical insurance.

At TLT we have a progressive fully flexible working approach. We empower our people to work in a place and at a time that meets their needs, those of their clients and of the wider team and firm. Part of this agile approach is a focus on hybrid working and supporting the work/life balance of our people.

TLT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and encourages applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any of the characteristics protected by the laws in the locations in which we operate.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to make interviews and jobs more accessible. Should you have any difficulty during the recruitment process, require any reasonable adjustments or an application to Access to work please contact the recruitment team on Recruitment.Operations@TLTsolicitors.com


Legal careers
Competitive rate
Published Date
Thursday 22 September 2022
Closing Date
Saturday 1 April 2023
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