Our Commercial practice currently comprises three partners, one senior counsel (specialising in data privacy), seven associate solicitors, one trainee solicitor and one fee-earning paralegal.
The practice covers a wide range of work including commercial contracts, IT and technology, intellectual property, outsourcing and data privacy, as well as working with a number of other departments around the firm (notably the Corporate Group, which the Commercial practice works closely with on M&A transactions, joint ventures and other transactional work). Although lawyers are not left to fend for themselves, our teams are lean and lawyers are expected to be proactive. Continued professional education is an important aspect of the firm’s culture and lawyers at all levels engage in, as well as being expected to lead, regular education and training sessions.
Nature of the role
The successful candidate will have relevant experience in the majority (though not necessarily all) of the following key areas:
- Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, such as standard terms and conditions, supply of goods/services agreements, agency agreements, distribution agreements, franchise agreements and sponsorship agreements.
- Advising on rights under commercial contracts.
- Advising on amendments to/novations of commercial contracts.
IT and technology:
- Drafting and negotiating IT contracts, in particular software licences, support and maintenance agreements and website terms and conditions.
- Cloud-based solutions work.
- Hardware/Software procurement/purchase/disposal work.
- Advising on available IP protections (liaising with agents as necessary).
- Drafting and negotiating IP contracts, including licences and assignments.
- Developing IP structuring and protection strategies.
- Advising on rights against potential infringers (working alongside litigation specialists).
- Drafting and negotiating sourcing and procurement agreements.
- Advising on the implications of SYSC 8 in relation to outsourcings in the regulated sector.
- Advising on outsourcing to the cloud.
- Advising on compliance with data privacy law, including the GDPR.
Corporate support/due diligence:
- Undertaking due diligence from a Commercial perspective and drafting/managing the preparation of due diligence reports.
- Negotiating SPA/BPA warranties and participating in disclosure exercises.
- Drafting and negotiating transitional services agreements.
Experience in any of the following other areas would be very helpful:
- Consumer credit.
- Consumer rights legislation.
- Advertising and marketing compliance matters.
- Sales Promotions/Lotteries/Gaming.
The right candidate should possess the following key requirements:
- Qualified lawyer.
- Intelligent, motivated and with strong academics from A Levels (or equivalent), with a minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) from a highly regarded institution.
- Two to four years’ post qualification experience from a recognised Commercial/IT & Technology/IP practice. We will consider candidates from non-UK jurisdictions.
- Excellent technical knowledge.
- The ability to instil confidence to the client by delivering clear, efficient and robust advice in a commercial context.
- Experience in leadership as well as the ability to work as part of a team.
- Credible and self-sufficient.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills at all levels.
We are recognised for the quality of our work, and the quality of our solicitors is an essential element of this – any recruitment will only be made if this high standard is met.
We strive to provide our solicitors with long-term careers and have a career development programme in place which is designed to support each of our solicitors’ aspirations, enabling them to enhance their legal and commercial skills, and to reach their full potential. We believe our development programme is second to none.
Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives and the firm’s policy.
Direct applications only. Strictly no agencies.