One of Europe’s leading law firms seeks to hire a low-level associate for its Budapest based litigation boutique representing individuals, governments, and corporate plaintiffs in complex arbitration particularly in emerging markets.

The successful candidate will join a small, tight-knit litigation team working across two offices on cutting-edge, high-profile litigation in an open, bureaucracy-free atmosphere not available at most large firms. Hungarian lawyers not required. They are seeking to hire an associate with one to three years of arbitration experience in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC or other ad hoc arbitration or institutional forii. Candidates do not need to be admitted to the Budapest bar. This work has no relation to Hungarian legal matters. The role is also open to foreign lawyers currently residing in Budapest.

*Preference for candidates already in Budapest or who have a reason to stay long term.

The work will be focused on Investor-State Disputes and International Commercial Arbitration. The nature of the work includes doc review, fact finding, evidence creation, evidence prep and drafting. Drafting experience and expertise is a prerequisite as well as a firm understanding of the relevance of facts and the application of those facts to the substantive legal case. An understanding of the material and substantive differences in common law and civil law is preferred.

The successful candidate should be self-starting and highly organized; have strong writing skills and a good grasp of the mechanics of complex civil litigation are also necessary.

Essential Functions:

  • Investigation: Assist with organisation and retention of all essential case records; gather case facts, documents, and evidence; create case investigation notebooks; create indices and chronologies of case facts and records; conduct legal research and prepare memorandum.
  • Pleadings: Knowledge of legal terminology and legal document formats in order to read, interpret, prepare, revise, and finalize legal documents; ability to create Table of Contents and Table of Authorities; demonstrated knowledge of Bluebooking and ability to cite check.
  • Discovery: Aid attorneys in drafting and  responding to discovery documents, including interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admissions; create and maintain discovery indices; organize, review, and analyze documents, including financial records; prepare witness statement/depositions and summaries.
  • Pre-Hearing/Hearing: Organize and indexes documents and evidence, including all exhibits and witness lists; prepares trial binders; assists in drafting settlement agreements and distribution statements.
  • Calendar: Maintains and updates calendars, including all docketing, for active cases.
  • Technology: Type approximately 60 net words per minute; must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro, iManage, Elite, iPro, and DocuSign (or similar document management and time entry programs); strive to become proficient in new technology rollouts and willingness to attend trainings when offered.
  • Teamwork: Ability to effectively communicate and work cooperatively with attorneys, staff, clients, coworkers, and vendors; proactively demonstrates effective teamwork and provides assistance to other paralegals as time permits; operates as a backup paralegal when needed; analytic ability to apply knowledge to practical applications and to foresee possible problems and effective solutions.​
  • Miscellaneous: Maintains confidentiality of all client and firm information; ability to work independently and effectively under time constraints and pre-set deadlines in an accurate manner with consistent high production; requires minimal supervision; ability to generate and implement new procedures for specific situations; willingness to meet the requirements of the position, accepting a wide variety of assignments as called upon; demonstrate skills in organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks; demonstrate reliability and willingness to work in a complex environment; other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Able to be trained in the above work.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in French and English both written and verbally
  • Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and teamwork while encouraging others to achieve goals.
  • Organization Skills: Ability to handle multiple deadlines while organizing and prioritizing tasks, as well as time management.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, and empathy while cooperating with and relating to others; building relationships with people at all levels; shows dedication, work ethic, integrity, dependability, reliability, flexibility, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Analytical: Detail oriented; ability to analyze problems; ability to problem solve.
  • Integrity & Honesty: Able to display high standards of ethical conduct and understand the impact of violating same; is trustworthy; chooses an ethical course of action.

Preferred Education and Experience

A law degree or a bachelor’s degree;

CEU graduating LLM students are highly desirable for this role regardless of nationality.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the part time student or intern for this role.

This is an opportunity to work for a firm that is innovative and a leader in its field

To apply for this position, please contact in complete confidence Karin Bryce at karin.bryce@legalisglobal.com

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