We are recruiting for a Senior Associate to join our market-leading Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) team, in Bristol. Our FSDI 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.

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 Senior Associate 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 3 years of post-qualified experience working in a defendant litigation role. Ideally this will be within financial litigation, however we will also consider those with a background in commercial litigation, insurance litigation or property litigation. It is essential that you have some prior supervision experience (albeit this can be on an informal basis), and you must have a keen interest in developing your career in financial litigation.

You will have/be:

  • A Qualified Solicitor (SRA or Law Society Registered), with the ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • A proven track record in business development and maintaining strong client relationships
  • Experience of supervising and/or managing a small team
  • 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.

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."


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 1,400 people in offices across the UK and a network of partner firms across Europe, India and the US. In 2022 we were named Law Firm of the Year at The British Legal Awards, 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 25 days holiday (which will increase to 30 days based upon length of service) 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. We’re happy to talk about how flexible working can work for you and this role. 

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 HR-Recruitment@TLTsolicitors.com 

Legal careers
Market Rate, Competitive
Closing Date
Tuesday 31 October 2023
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