What does the role involve?
We are looking for an experienced commercial solicitor to be involved in a wide range of work including advice on commercial contracts, high- value supply and purchasing arrangements, agency and distribution arrangements, outsourcing agreements, strategic projects, IT agreements, intellectual property licensing arrangements and data protection advice. You'll have the opportunity to work with clients from a range of sectors so you'll have a nice broad base to further develop your skills.The role will also bring ample opportunities to be involved in business development initiatives. There will also be opportunities to be involved in leadership activities, such as team supervision and engagement in other firm initiatives. There is therefore plenty of opportunity for skills development and career progression. As part of our top-ranked team, you will primarily be working alongside Jayne Hussey. Jayne leads our Midlands commercial team and also leads the firm's Mid-Market strategy and the firm's In House in Focus programme (this is our programme for engaging to provide value-add support to our in house lawyer community).In addition to working with Jayne and the rest of the Midlands commercial team, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across our national Commercial, IT and IP practice. This national practice is comprised of 11 partners and 40+ lawyers. Our team works with a range of FTSE100 and FTSE 250 businesses as well as a number of other 'household name' clients. The team also works with a range of other organisations, including government departments, HE institutions and charitable organisations.
What experience is required?
You will be 5+ years qualified with experience gained in a City firm or large regional firm. You will have good technical skills in commercial, IP and IT. You will be enthusiastic and pragmatic in your approach to delivering legal advice to clients. In return, you'll have the opportunity and freedom to develop relationships with clients and have the opportunity to be involved in a range of business development and leadership initiatives and will have genuine opportunities to advance your career further.
What skills and attributes would I need?
- You will be able to demonstrate- An interest in commercial law and how it impacts on relationships between businesses- An interest in understanding what makes 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- Flexibility to apply fundamental legal and commercial skills to a diverse range of contracts and arrangements- Dedication to providing outstanding client service- Supervision of junior lawyers
You will also be required to have:
- Good academics - Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting- Numeracy- Negotiating skills- Lateral thinking and problem solving skills- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of leadership experience- Flexibility to work with and supervise team members- Effective time and matter management and a systematic approach to work- Proactive team player- IT literacy- Good research skills- An enthusiasm for becoming involved in business development initiatives- An enthusiasm to develop your leadership skills further
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 access your character and suitability.
Disclosure and barring service check
This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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.
More information can be found here.
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.
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 access your character and suitability