Edinburgh - Associate/Senior Associate, Contentious Construction

Term: Permanent
Reports to: Partner
Practice group: Dispute Resolution
Location: Edinburgh/Hybrid
Purpose of role

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced disputes lawyer has arisen in our talented contentious construction team. The team, which operates across Scotland and England, advises on complex and high value onshore and offshore disputes in both domestic and international markets. Experience in construction litigation is preferable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be someone with a genuine interest in furthering their career in the area of construction, and as part of the world's largest law firm.

With exceptional career prospects and the possibility of engaging with global clients on a global stage, as well as concentrating on growing the Scottish practice as part of the Dentons Home Grown campaign, there are endless opportunities. If you think this might be for you, we want to hear from you.

Hybrid workers – For the majority of our employees we have implemented a hybrid model whereby there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days they must work from an office location. Instead, we give them the freedom to decide with their team how efficiently and effectively they can deliver the best service to our clients, work with our colleagues and progress their own personal development, all the while balancing it with home life, whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. Each hybrid worker is given an allowance to create a workspace in their own home.


You will be part of a passionate, ambitious, friendly and supportive team that provides a full advisory and disputes resolution service to domestic and international clients, working on a variety of onshore and offshore contentious construction, infrastructure and energy matters for clients across a range of sectors. You will work on all types of dispute resolution work, including litigation, arbitration (international and domestic), adjudication and ADR.

You will pursue opportunities to build new client relationships (in cooperation with other departments and teams) and will maintain existing relationships and inspire and support the team to do likewise. If you have a particular area of interest in the industry which you wish to pursue, we will encourage and support you. 

You will contribute to thought leadership and to raising the profile of the team and the firm externally, working as part of a committed and cohesive team.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • You will have good experience of disputes, gained with a well-regarded team. Construction disputes experience is preferable but not essential.
  • You will be qualified in Scots law or dual qualified (the opportunity to become dual qualified under English law is offered at Dentons).
  • You will possess a strong academic record.
  • You have the drive and ambition to develop your full potential.

Personal Attributes

  • Dedicated to exceptional client service.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills.
  • Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development.
  • A committed team player with a willingness to learn and contribute to the success of the team as a whole.
The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

Important update regarding job applications:

As part of programme of continued global investment in our people, the Firm is switching to a new job application system on February 20th 2023. This role may be reposted on February 20th. If so, it will include a note of this reference number: AH1909 to allow you to avoid duplicate applications. If you have any questions you can read more here https://www.dentons.com/en/careers/careers-in-the-united-kingdom or contact the team at recruitment.matters@dentons.com if you require any assistance.


If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.comEnquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.