Police Claims Lawyer
Weightmans LLP
National Offices Permanent Competitive Hybrid Working PQE Level: 1-4

We are recruiting for a Solicitor, Legal Executive or Associate to join our national Casualty Police Claims team.

Acting on behalf of various police forces you will effectively manage the defence of a caseload of pre-litigated and litigated claims as well as assisting other fee earners.

Main duties and responsibilities 

  • Specialise in acting on behalf of various police forces, claims handlers and insurers in the defence of civil actions against the police.
  • Manage the defence of a caseload of pre-litigated and litigated 'malfeasance' claims such as those brought for false imprisonment, trespass, malicious prosecution and pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998 as well as defending employer’s liability claims brought by former and serving police officers and staff.
  • Assist the Team Manager and other team members with client development, client training and networking.
  • Support and mentor junior members of the team.
  • Liaise with various parties such as other solicitors, insurers, experts, counsel and clients.
  • Control diary and action lists and complete client MI procedures.
  • Attend court hearings, including conducting your own advocacy where appropriate.
  • Satisfy standards of client care in accordance with guidelines and directions.
  • Achieve financial and chargeable hours targets.
  • Comply with relevant rules, policies and procedures.
  • Keep up to date with legal developments.
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role. You will also ensure that you comply with the relevant Weightmans and client policies and procedures, and consistently work in accordance with our values.

About You


You will have previous experience and a genuine and demonstrable interest in the above area of work. As the role is varied, we are looking for you to have a flexible approach to the work you do and be able to adapt to different tasks. We also require you to have/be:


  • You will be a qualified solicitor or legal executive ideally with 3+ years PQE
  • Experience in defending civil claims or the ability to demonstrate transferrable skills  gained from claims-handling experience
  • The ability to undertake advocacy as required
  • Knowledge of the CPR and litigation
  • Knowledge of police law (this is desirable but not essential)
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines and targets
  • The ability to work as part of a team or on your own initiative
  • A flexible approach to work and a willingness to travel

If you meet our criteria and think this is a job where you could bring enthusiasm and commitment, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Why work for us

Weightmans is a Top 40 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer and 10th overall employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2023 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK.

We are proud to be an accredited living wage employer.

Click here to find out more about industry recognition for excellence, through our achievements, awards and accreditations.

The independent research showed "Weightmans provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation."

We are truly committed to fostering a culture of equality and diversity, where everyone in the firm is respected and recognised on merit for the work that they do.

We strongly encourage applications from people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustment at any stage of the application process.

Please feel free to note your preferred pronouns in your application.

Work for a firm where people matter – work for Weightmans.

As well as being immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people we offer a wide range of benefits including;

  • 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part time)
  • Agile / working from home including provision of home office equipment*
  • Healthcare cover/ Medicash
  • Pension plan
  • Life Insurance 4 x salary
  • Interest free travel loan scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling, legal and consumer advice service
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Discounted dental scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Offers & discounts
  • Great reward and recognition scheme

*there are a small number of roles that cannot be performed from home, your Recruitment Adviser can confirm.

Please note

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
  • We are open to part time/job share applicants.

Recruitment agencies (PSL /non-PSL)

Weightmans operates a strict 'preferred supplier list' (PSL) and is committed to working closely with the recruitment agencies that feature on that list. As such, Weightmans does not accept speculative or unsolicited CVs, profiles or any other introductions from both our PSL and non-PSL agencies.  If a PSL or non-PSL agency chooses to submit a speculative or unsolicited CV, profile or introduction without instruction from a member of Weightmans’ recruitment team, we will reserve the right to treat the introduction as a gift and contact the candidate directly without accepting or entering into the agency’s terms nor being liable for a recruitment fee.

Eligibility to work in the UK

Eligibility to work in the UK will be verified in the final stages of the selection process. All candidates must either already have a right to work in the UK before commencing employment, or meet the Home office criteria for Visa sponsorship. Candidates who require sponsorship should evaluate the Home Office eligibility criteria for a Skilled Worker visa before applying