Senior Counsel

Date: 6 Jul 2024

Location: Jersey, JE, JE4 8PN

Company: Walkers Global

Overview of role

Walkers is offering a unique opportunity to an ambitious and technically strong lawyer to join its market leading global Investment Funds and Corporate ("IFC) business, and to play a key role in helping to build out its Channel Islands' IFC practice so as to become the leading practice in the region.

The successful candidate will be based in the Firm's Jersey office, and will work alongside leading practitioners in that office in expanding out the Jersey IFC business in line with the general expansion across all of the firm's practice groups in the Channel Islands.

The available position in the team is a Senior Counsel, albeit it should be noted that this recruitment is being effected with a view to the successful candidate being of the necessary calibre to be considered for progression to partnership in the Firm in the near to medium term.

The level of autonomy offered to the successful candidate, and their involvement in the business building aspects of the practice, will be commensurate with this potential for career development.

Duties, Responsibilities & Person Specification

  • Senior Counsel in the Firm's IFC Practice in Jersey.
  • Proactively assist in the expansion and growth of the Jersey office's IFC practice, working alongside the Jersey, Guernsey, Irish, London, Caribbean, Asian and Middle Eastern parts of the firm's IFC practice. This will involve becoming engaged in, and (in time) leading the implementation of, cross-border initiatives aimed at ensuring the Firm leverages its Channel Islands business across the global business.
  • Proactively assist in developing and expanding client relationships important to the Firm’s success at the same time becoming a valued resource to clients. This will involve taking ownership of the development of relationships with core clients
  • Participate in the development of the practice’s know-how, share knowledge and actively participate in conferences, seminars and internal training.
  • Provide technically sound advice and highly responsive service to clients, and support colleagues, and partners on all client matters
  • Maintain a sustained record of revenue generation and profitability; follow recommended billing rates; manage costs appropriately; ensure personal utilisation meets expectations; and
  • Adhere to Firm's values and professional ethics and proactively seek resolution of conflicts.

Education, Skills & Experience

  • Qualified lawyer 
  • Excellent academics.
  • Ambitious and commercially driven.
  • Solid legal skills with competent understanding of relevant market and client industries and technical knowledge of the relevant law.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment, a team player, willing to support others regardless of  personal role or task and to help others in identifying needs and crafting development plans.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Jersey jurisdiction experience and/or familiarity with offshore financial service providers preferred but not essential
  • Ability to use legal precedents and timekeeping and billing systems.
  • Ability to support efforts to attract new clients and develop new initiatives.