Senior Associate - Construction Litigation

Date: 14 Jul 2024

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: Dentons

About Dentons

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About the Role


As a Senior Associate in our dynamic construction litigation team, you will play a pivotal role in managing and leading various litigation cases, primarily focusing on disputes arising in the Queensland building industry.


This includes a wide array of matters such as commercial building disputes, development, infrastructure projects, engineering issues, residential building conflicts, and insolvency disputes.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Oversee and conduct the day-to-day management of litigation cases in Queensland state Courts and Tribunals.
  • Provide leadership and direction to a team of junior solicitors, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
  • Collaborate closely with the Partner to ensure strategic litigation planning and execution.
  • Engage in active mentoring and development of junior team members, enhancing their professional growth and ensuring high-quality legal service.
  • Lead trial preparations and represent clients effectively in court, ensuring the excellent presentation and argumentation of cases.
  • Participate in business development activities, helping to expand the firm's client base and strengthen existing relationships.


Career Advancement


At Dentons, we recognise and nurture talent, offering significant opportunities for career progression. For the right candidate, this role is not just a job, but a pathway to more senior roles within the firm. We value ambition and dedication, and we are committed to supporting our team members in their aspirations to rise within the ranks of the legal profession.


About You


The ideal candidate for this role is a motivated and seasoned litigator with a minimum of five years of post-qualification experience. The ideal candidate will have significant experience within construction law.


You should have a proven track record of successfully handling complex litigation cases and possess strong analytical and interpersonal skills.


Qualifications and Skills:


  • A qualified lawyer with at least five years of litigation experience, ideally within the construction sector.
  • Strong leadership capabilities with experience in managing and training junior legal staff.
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills, with a talent for clear, persuasive arguments both in writing and verbally.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle important and complex legal challenges with professionalism and composure.
  • A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.


Why Join Dentons?


Joining Dentons means becoming part of a global community that values innovation, teamwork, and the continuous pursuit of excellence.


You will work in a supportive and friendly environment, backed by a team that is enthusiastic about your growth.


With a strong pipeline of work and engagements with blue-chip and government clients, you will enjoy supported autonomy, allowing you to lead on your own files while benefiting from the guidance and expertise of our senior partner.


This position offers a fantastic opportunity to deepen your expertise and develop a rewarding career in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. Interested candidates who are eager to push their limits and take on new challenges are encouraged to apply.


Apply Today


Take the next step in your legal career by joining a firm that is as ambitious as you are. At Dentons, your potential is limitless.


Why Dentons

Dentons Australia offers a wide range of incentives aimed at embracing your authenticity, providing purpose, and strengthening your ongoing development.

We offer:


  • Equitable salary packaging, incentive pay and rewards
  • Salary continuous insurance (for permanent employees or employees on a 6 month or more maximum term contract basis)
  • Salary sacrificing and novated leases
  • 5 days Bonus Leave per year after 12 months' service
  • Additional leave options
  • Equal family leave for all genders (including kinship groups)
  • Floating public holidays for days of cultural significance
  • Exclusive retailer discounts
  • Offices designed for collaboration on Gadigal, Naarm, Yuggera, Kaurna and Whadjuk land
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • Generous health and wellbeing programs
  • Agile and flexible working for all
  • Social and diversity networks providing year-round events
  • Opportunities to undertake pro-bono legal work

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Embedded in our people is a passion to help others through the delivery of justice. It is through this that our commitment to inclusion, equity, and reconciliation has evolved. We are proud to say that by design, we have no single headquarters or dominant national culture, this means the unique perspectives, experiences, and identities of our people come together globally under one purpose to create an inclusive and accessible environment where anyone can thrive.

Please apply online with your CV, Cover Letter, and academic transcripts. If you have questions beforehand, please email our recruitment team at Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted by email.

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