Senior Lawyer Defence / Charterers & Traders

We are seeking to fill two positions with Gard’s Defence / Charterers & Traders Claims team to be based in our London office. One of the roles is suitable for a senior lawyer and the other for a more junior lawyer. This ad is for the Senior lawyer position.

Who are you?

You are an English qualified lawyer with at least 5 years’ experience. You are working at a recognized law firm, another P & I club or a trading house. You have experience dealing with shipping claims Ideally for both Owners and Charterers/traders. You have the ability to work with a high degree of autonomy. You want to proactively deal with cases to get the best results for member and clients. You are enthusiastic and helpful and get on well with your colleagues.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work with our Defence team based in London acting for Members and Charterer & Trader Clients in the UK, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. The role involves giving on-the-spot legal advice to existing Members and Clients, balancing a busy case load, and managing external lawyers involved in complex litigation and claims. You will work in cooperation with highly engaged and knowledgeable colleagues based in London and Gard’s other offices in Arendal, Oslo, New York, Singapore, Piraeus, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Managing relationships with colleagues in Gard and with Members, clients and brokers will be crucial, as will the ability to proactively deal with enquiries, manage cases, work in a fast paced collaborative team environment with a knowledge sharing mindset and provide value added services to the customer such as training and presentations.

Skills and requirements

Candidates should be English law qualified, with experience in dry shipping and a minimum of 5 years PQE at a recognized law firm, another P&I Club or a trading house. Some background in P & I and/or dealing with charterers claims and/or commodities and trade work would be a positive. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide legal assistance to colleagues working in other claims processes across Gard as well as to their own Members and clients.

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