Edinburgh Office

We currently have two opportunities within our Property and Infrastructure Disputes practice group for Newly Qualified Contentious Construction lawyers based in Edinburgh.

The roles are to join our Contentious Construction teams located within the firm’s PID group, which is part of the firm’s wider Commercial Disputes and Regulation division. 

The team has a busy and broad practice with a particular focus on the energy sector, and regularly advises on the following areas: infrastructure, civil engineering, utilities, waste-water, transport, oil and gas, renewables (hydro schemes, tidal, onshore and offshore wind),flood prevention schemes, commercial developments, domestic, PFI/PPP, and professional negligence.

The role will include:
• Advising contractors and employers throughout the UK on issues relating to construction and engineering contracts, including disputes about variations to contract works, termination, notices, payment provisions, extensions of time, additional costs, defects, breach of contract claims and professional negligence.
• Advising contractors and employers in construction disputes in the Court of Session, Sheriff Court, and the Technology and Construction Court, carrying out case investigation and preparation, drafting written pleadings, advising on and negotiating settlements and appearing in court.
• Advising and representing employers and contractors throughout the UK in Adjudications, Mediations, Arbitrations and Expert Determinations.

The team works closely with colleagues both within the PID practice group and around the firm, especially from the Infrastructure and Projects teams.

The successful candidate will have some experience in contentious construction (this is ideal but not essential), strong analytical and drafting skills, the ability to provide and to communicate practical and commercial advice as well as good interpersonal and consultancy skills.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please send your CV and a covering letter to lucy.cochrane@shepwedd.com – please also complete a confidential diversity questionnaire by visiting diversity questionnaire quoting reference DRE00006.

This is a full-time, permanent post.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with excellent career prospects.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Data Protection

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We will process the information you provide solely for the purpose of evaluating your application for employment. The information will be disclosed to the interview panel (if relevant), your line manager (if appointed), and Human Resources staff members. We may contact any references provided for the purposes of discussing your application, and will ask your permission before doing so.

If you provide any information deemed to be “special category” information under the General Data Protection Regulation, we may use this as follows:

  • We will use information about your disability status to provide appropriate adjustments to the interview process.
  • We will use any information provided in our diversity monitoring form about your race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender identity, gender expression, social mobility background, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, any disability information, age, and marital/civil partnership status to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting. Any analysis of this data will be done on an anonymous basis.

Should your application be unsuccessful, the information provided will be deleted within 1 year of a decision not to progress your application.

If you have any further questions about how we process and store your information, or your rights in relation to this, please refer to our GDPR Privacy Notice for Applicants and Work Experience Students.


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