DGA is seeking to recruit two Junior Consultants to join its Dispute Avoidance and Resolution team in our London office (the “London Disputes Team”). These roles would typically suit post-graduates or construction professionals looking to develop their careers in the dispute avoidance and resolution sector and an appropriate structured career development plan will be devised for the successful candidate/s.
DGA’s London Disputes Team provides quantum and planning support services, both domestically and internationally, to building employers, contractors and sub-contractors. Whilst this service covers all sectors of the industry, the London team tends to focus on the building and civils sectors.
Our tasks at DGA can generally be divided into two main stages, namely pre- and post-dispute crystallisation. The services we offer during these two stages is categorised as follows:
• Project audits and reviews
• Dispute avoidance
• Strategic advice
• Claims support
• Claim preparation or defence
• Advocacy and negotiation
• Adjudication, arbitration, meditation and litigation support
• Independent Expert Advisory Services
It is expected that the Junior Consultant will be driven and self-motivated and will be able to provide support to the Senior Consultants and Associate Directors.
Responsibilities and Duties
The junior Consultant will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the London Dispute Team’s service provisions, both quantum and delay and both during the pre- and post-crystallisation stages. Depending on the size, nature and complexity of the commission, the Junior Consultant will be expected to either assist the commission team or work alone on discrete tasks, with support, as and when required. The Junior Consultant will assist in the quantification of claims for costs and damages and will be able to provide clearly presented work and provide or assist in the provision of written reports in support of their findings.
The junior Consultant will have opportunities to work with teams in the preparation of Expert reports. The Junior Consultant would generally be to assist in evidence gathering, data collection, and quantification of the claims arising, but would also have the opportunity to assist with the drafting of the Expert reports.
Desired Skills and Experience
• Some knowledge of, or a desire to be active in, the construction industry
• Possibly technical experience in Quantity Surveying or Project Planning
• Personal and professional integrity
• Articulate and enthusiastic
• Self-driven, determined with a strong sense of personal responsibility
• You will probably have an inquisitive and analytical mind and be able to demonstrate good problem-solving skills
• Strong IT skills
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record in their current chosen career or have successfully completed a degree. DGA encourages and supports academic study and will provide a structured career development plan for the successful candidate.