Commercial Litigation Solicitor (Manchester)

Job Type
Full time

The Department

At JMW, we offer legal advice and assistance on a wide range of issues pertaining to commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Whilst you will be based in the firm’s Manchester office, we operate nationally and internationally for commercial clients who need help with high-value disputes (often with a media interest) and our track record speaks for itself. The successful candidate will primarily work with Partner, Oliver Wright as well as playing an important role within the wider team.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a qualified Solicitor (NQ-2 PQE) to join the Manchester Commercial Litigation team as a Solicitor.

The team’s work covers all aspects of commercial litigation and has a specialism in public law/judicial review. The team’s recent cases include:

  • A high-profile Judicial Review for a prominent member of the Manchester nightlife community;
  • A substantial and novel data project for a national client which will impact all UK citizens;
  • Shareholder disputes;
  • Bringing and defending senior employee and director restrictive covenant Injunctions
  • Media/reputation management, (the team has recently been rated as Tier 1 Legal 500 (TMT) including for leading members of political parties;
  • Complex and high value contract disputes;
  • A procurement challenge for a national client against a central government department.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the biggest litigation team in Manchester. You will be joining a supportive team where everyone plays a vital role in achieving the best outcomes for our clients. Individuals are appreciated and acknowledged for their successes.

The successful candidate will work directly with the Partners in the team on the most interesting, high-profile, and intellectually stimulating matters of national importance.    

We offer a competitive salary, autonomy, and excellent progression opportunities.

Role & Responsibilities

  1. The ability to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of legal principles and court procedures in relation to general litigation, and in particular, commercial work.
  2. A genuine interest in Public Law. Experience in this area is desirable but not essential.
  3. Experience of high court litigation including key litigation steps of pleadings, hearings, disclosure, and witness statement preparation.
  4. Confident client handling skills. You will be acting for national organisations as well as business clients and high-profile individuals.
  5. Good management and appreciation of time recording, billing and recovery of costs and disbursements.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  1. Excellent academics. 
  2. Practical litigation experience obtained at a national firm.
  3. Technically strong with a commercial appreciation
  4. Team player
  5. The ideal candidate will have an aptitude for business development.

Working for JMW 

As well as a rewarding career, JMW offer staff many other opportunities and benefits, including:

  • A minimum of 25 days' annual leave (increasing with length of service) plus office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • A one hour early finish, one Friday a month
  • Two days a year to do charitable work
  • The opportunity to get involved in sports teams, hobby clubs, and social events
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • Annual promotions process open to all staff

More information about our benefits and company culture can be found on the careers home page.


To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter to, stating the job reference above.