Senior Associate - Life Sciences

  • Mills & Reeve
  • Cambridge, UK
  • Feb 11, 2021

Job Description

What does the role involve?

We are looking for a senior commercial solicitor to be based in Cambridge,   to undertake a wide range of work for life sciences businesses (including pharmaceutical and drug discovery businesses, medical devices companies, and service suppliers to the life sciences industry) and other clients of the commercial, IP and IT team. The work will include advising on IP licensing and partnering transactions; clinical trial agreements; commercial contracts; research collaborations; IP protection; regulatory issues in life sciences; data protection and due diligence for corporate transactions relating to life sciences.  As part of our top-ranked team, you will be working with our head of life sciences James Fry, as well as other members of our large and friendly commercial IP and IT team. 

Why should I apply?

You will be joining a fast growing life sciences team, working with some of the most exciting life sciences businesses. 

What experience is required?

You will have 5+years post qualification experience gained in a large regional or City firm, or in-house. You will have good technical skills in commercial law with a proven interest in life sciences businesses. You will be enthusiastic and a commercially-minded lawyer, and be prepared to turn your hand to a wide range of work. 

What skills and attributes would I need?

Essential:- Good academics - Excellent technical ability- Excellent written English and a keen eye for detail- Ability to build relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers- Good time and paper management skills- Listening and questioning skills- Negotiating skills- Self-starting, with common-sense and initiative- Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence, persuade- Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources- Good IT skills You will be able to demonstrate:- An interest in commercial law and how it impacts on relationships between life sciences businesses- A thirst to understand what makes life sciences businesses work and an ability to ask the right questions about what clients are trying to achieve from their commercial relationships- An ability to understand the environment that clients work in and to deliver "advice that advises"- An ability to assimilate a lot of information quickly and focus on the key issues- Good time and file management skills to enable you to juggle lots of different matters- Flexibility to apply legal and commercial skills to a diverse range of contracts and arrangements- Dedication to providing outstanding client service- Ability to work under pressure - An enthusiasm to work as part of a team in line with the firm’s values.

What else should I know?

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.  The firm has been named for a record 17th year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times’ annual survey and is the only UK law firm to have achieved this.  We are also delighted to have been named by RollonFriday as one of the top law firms in the UK for the fifth year running. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability. 

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barri.


As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment.