Location: Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Job Objectives/Purpose of Job
To assist in planning and undertaking the litigation functions for the firm. He/she is expected to carry out the legal work to the highest professional and client standards.
Ability to handle complex litigation cases, such as trials at the State and Federal High Courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Draft legal documentation arising out of the exercise of the firm’s litigation functions.
Gather evidence to formulate defence or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
Assist in conducting trial and pre-trial activities.
Prepare legal briefs and written addresses.
Advise where necessary any alternative dispute resolution (ADR): Facilitate and negotiate settlement in civil disputes.
Ensure that the service is responsive to client requirements and that work undertaken is reflective of best practice.
Maintain an up-to-date comprehensive knowledge of developments in the relevant areas of law and disseminate that information and any implications for the Firm to relevant Senior Associates and members of the litigation team as necessary.
The ideal candidate must possess at least a second class upper degree from a recognised university and the Nigerian Law School.
A Master degree from a reputable institution will be an added advantage.
8+ year’s active experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Deep knowledge of procedural requirements in litigation law and practice.
Strong legal ability, a practical commercial approach.
Drafting briefs and other legal documents.
Ability to interview key witnesses.
Ability to obtain evidence, evaluate evidence and prepare cases.
Comply with practice management standard of the litigation practice.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Personal qualities required:
• Research and analytical skills.
• People management skills.
• Detail oriented.
• Strong decision making skills.
• Team-working ability.
• Good interpersonal skills.
• Communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to meet up with deadlines.