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  • Posted on: 17 July, 2014 Deadline: 31 July, 2014
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    Stresert Services Limited - One of the leading legal practitioners and arbitrators in the Nigerian legal sector is looking to hire a Senior Litigation Counsel immediately.

    Litigation Counsel


    Job Summary:
    To contribute to the smooth and efficient conduct of litigation and outside counsel including coordinating and directing case strategy, discovery, drafting/editing pleadings and interviewing and preparing witnesses and negotiations.

    Description of Duties:

    •     All administrative tasks required for the post.
    •     Drafting applications to the Courts and having conduct of the case through to judgment being obtained.
    •     Dealing with any matters concerning the enforcement of judgments.
    •     Clarifying with client officers any difficult areas and dealing with and responding to any defences and/or counter claims lodged.
    •     Drafting summonses, complaints and indictments in connection with prosecutions by the Council
    •     Attending the Court and other Tribunals and advocating on behalf of the Council in litigation actions.
    •     Providing litigation support to the solicitors in the Litigation Team, including without limitation, preparing witness statements, dealing with discovery and attending court with Counsel.
    •     Deal with enquiries from solicitors and other external agencies and advice the client of the next step accordingly.
    •     Negotiating and drafting Consent Orders, directions with the Defendants (or their representatives) and presenting such documentation before the Court as required.
    •     Attending possession action hearings, negotiating with representatives and preparing and advising of witnesses prior to hearings.
    •     Attending Defendants’ applications to set aside Judgments and suspended Warrants of Possession.
    •     Responsible for maintaining the central register of Judgments and Charging Orders and dealing with related enquiries, applications and cancellations.
    •     Responsible for the preparation of documentation and conduct of emergency injunction proceedings on behalf of the Local Authority in accordance with any relevant legislation.
    •     Any other duties relevant for the work of the Section as determined by the post holder’s line manager.

    Desired Skills:

    •     Candidate must be a graduate of Law with minimum of 8 - 10 years at the Bar
    •     Active litigation Arbitration experience
    •     Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
    •     Ability to write, and speak English fluently
    •     The ideal candidate must be organized and pay attention to detail. Small errors or omissions can lose or derail a case.
    •     Excellent writing skills with little or no review needed.
    •     The candidate needs to be able to work with a variety of people and have coping skills to handle difficult personalities, ranging from co-workers to clients.
    •     The litigation applicant must have knowledge of the court systems and how they work.
    •     Experience working in drafting motions, briefs and preparing for trials is necessary.

    Method of Application

    Qualified candidates should please forward CVs to: using ‘LITIGATION’ as the subject of your application. Only experienced and qualified candidates will be shortlisted and invited for interviews.

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