What does the role involve?
We are looking for an experienced corporate solicitor to join our Leeds office. Depending on experience, you will either support the partners and other members of the team, or you will work on your own matters, undertaking a broad mix of corporate work such as M&A, corporate finance, private equity joint ventures, fundraising, general shareholder agreements, capital markets, and general corporate advisory work.You will be part of a growing team which advises a broad range of clients, ranging from new start-ups, through to substantial private companies and PLCs, on a broad range of corporate issues and transactions, including IPOs, MBOs, fundraisings, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments and acquisitions and disposals.
What experience is required?
You will be an associate of 2+ years qualified with experience gained in a City or large regional firm. You will have a good background in transactional work and be able to demonstrate both working as part of a team on large transactions, and/or managing smaller transactions largely unaided.
What skills and attributes would I need?
Essential:- Good academics- Technically strong- Experience of running transactional work as the day to day fee earner on the deal- Excellent drafting and verbal/written communication skills- Strong interpersonal skills and team skills- Good time and paper management- Attention to detail- Willingness to take initiative and to participate in marketing activities- Good business development skills and evidence of an ability to generate opportunities and relationships.
Information about the firm
This is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the "Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For" consecutively for 17 years - the only law firm to achieve this. Mills & Reeve is ranked in joint second place with an overall score of 88% in RollonFriday's Firm of the Year 2021. We have also achieved the much sought after Three Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm€˜s commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.Pre-employment screeningPlease 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 Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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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.
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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
Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavor 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.