About the Client
Our client is a full service law firm ranked as a leader in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. 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. Their high standards have been recognised by the Law Society through Lexcel and their Conveyancing Quality schemes.
With over 400 members of staff across four offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, they are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of their employees at all levels. This can be demonstrated by their Bronze Investors in People accreditation. They have the reputation of being a friendly firm with approachable staff in all areas of the business. 96% of their clients say they would recommend them which, is a strong indicator of their culture.
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. The team deals with commercial contracts for a broad range of clients, and your work will include advising SMEs (including start-ups and scale-ups) on a range of contracts from long term supply and services agreements, to outsourcing, licensing arrangements, consultancy contracts, etc. Through their long-standing relationship with SETsquared in Bristol and Bath, you will also have an opportunity to work with a range of exciting, fast growth technology companies, and you will be expected to play a key role in further developing their base of SME clients in the region.
The successful candidate will also advise a mix of education clients (including both maintained and independent schools, and universities) on a range of contracts. This work will include assisting their 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.
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