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Senior Solicitor, Contentious Construction (0034)

At Morton Fraser we are a different kind of law firm, independent by choice and a place where we make our own decisions and our people can have their own say. Our culture empowers all of our people to be the best they can be.

You'll get responsibility early on and the support to make great things happen. And because we understand that hard work comes from people who are empowered to be at their best more of the time, we offer an agile working environment.

We are charting our way to become the best in our field, so if you share our ambition, come chart your best course with us.

Key Tasks

  • Responsible for the day to day running of files.
  • Capable of drafting straight-talking advice.
  • Advising on every aspect of construction contracts (e.g. payments, extensions of time, loss and expense, defects, procurement and insurance issues).
  • Drafting submissions for adjudication and arbitration proceedings.
  • Managing proceedings in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, including instructing Counsel.
  • Advising on contracts (e.g. building contracts, development agreements and agreements for lease, consultant's appointments, plus all supplementary documentation such as warranties, novations and assignments).
  • Interact directly with clients, manage their expectations, always meet deadlines and deliver on every promise.
  • Prepare and deliver seminars and contribute to the department's publications.
  • Research and advise on various areas of disputes relating to all aspects of construction law including professional negligence claims.
  • Take an active role in business development activities.
  • Manage your workload competently, professionally, efficiently and cost effectively with minimum supervision to achieve client and firm objectives.
  • Be pro-active in the financial control of all your own and team matters, including accurate time recording and prompt feeing.
  • Keep up to date with legislative changes and with relevant case law.

 Qualifications and Experience 

  • You will be ideally a 2+ year PQE contentious construction lawyer.
  • You will have worked, since qualification, as a full-time construction solicitor.
  • You will have a thorough understanding of the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996, the Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 1998 and as amended in 2011 and the Court Rules.

Person Specification

  • You will be able to identify key issues in most complex cases, understand the business parameters within a case and reflect that in advice to clients.
  • You will be commercially aware, proactive and able to convey clear and concise information to clients and external organisations, which will not compromise the practice or the firm.
  • You have excellent communication skills, you are articulate, you communicate clearly, concisely and without any jargon.
  • You enjoy working within a team and autonomously on your own initiative.
  • You are personable and good at building and developing client relationships.
  • You are confident and you have a strong belief in yourself and your own ability.
  • You are committed to providing a good client experience and willing to put in extra time and effort when required

Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

Here at Morton Fraser we believe in a positive work life balance and in an inclusive and friendly working environment.

We offer a generous benefits package including:

  • Profit Related Pay
  • Pension Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance for all employees
  • Holidays starting at 25 days plus 9 public holidays
  • Tax Efficient Car Lease Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Comprehensive Wellbeing resources
  • Retail Discounts

As signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, we recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. Please ensure you include any military skills and qualifications you hold when applying for a vacancy with us to ensure they are recognise during our recruitment and selection process.


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Edinburgh Office
Quartermile Two, 2 Lister Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9GL
  • Division:
  • Department:
    General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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  • Location:
    Edinburgh Office
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