Commercial Associate or Senior Associate

Our client, a mid sized full service law firm in Central Bristol, are looking for an Associate or Senior Associate to join their friendly team. We're pleased to be able to offer this role with flexibility as well as open it up to career break returners - a variety of flexible working options will be considered.

About the Client

Our client is a full service law firm, their firm-wide core values of teamwork and collaboration, putting the client at the centre of the firm and taking a commercial approach ensure a dedicated and expert service to all of their clients.

With over 400 members of staff across four offices in the UK, they are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of their employees at all levels.

About the Team

The successful candidate will be based in the Commercial team in Bristol. The team in Bristol comprises 3 partners and 7 lawyers, including IP, data protection and procurement specialists. The successful candidate will be encouraged to work with all members of the team across the various areas of their work. The broader Commercial team across all offices comprises 8 partners and 25 lawyers (including specialists in the Education, Healthcare, and Pharmaceutical markets).

The core of the work will comprise of;

  • General commercial contracts work; for a broad range of clients, including SMEs (including start-ups and scale-ups) you will play a key role in further developing our base of SME clients in the region.
  • Contracts include; long term supply and services agreements, to outsourcing, licensing arrangements, consultancy contracts, etc.
  • You will also advise a mix of education clients (including both maintained and independent schools, and universities) on a range of contracts, including assisting our procurement specialists on contracts which are subject to the Public Contracts Regulations.

Although based in Bristol, the successful candidate will work closely with members of the Commercial team across the other offices where required.

Required Knowledge and Experience

Expected level of qualification of between 2 and 6 years PQE, although candidates with more or less years PQE will be considered. Candidates that have taken a career break are are looking to return to practice are welcomed and will have the support to transition back to practice.

Required Skills

The ability to draft and negotiate commercial contracts across a range of sectors and contract types, and draft legal documents and advice notes, and give legal advice that is clear and concise.

  • familiarity with drafting and negotiating IT contracts will be an advantage, but is not essential
  • familiarity with data protection law will be an advantage, but is not essential
  • develop strong client relationships
  • advocate and present orally when required
  • conduct effective transaction management
  • communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients
  • interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action
  • identify the relevant legal issues applicable to a transaction
  • conduct negotiations where appropriate
  • researching relevant areas of law

Flexible Working

A variety of flexible working options will be considered including job sharing, 4 days and school hours, and applications from career break returners are also welcomed, occasional home working is something the firm are looking to introduce in future.



Benefits Package
Flexible working options
Refurbished Harbourside office