What does the role involve?
Due to significant and continued growth, we need ambitious and experienced banking and finance solicitors to join our banking team. The team is based within our Corporate & Commercial National Service Line (“NSL”).
You will work with all of our team of banking partners and your responsibilities will include:
Advising banks, lenders, fund managers and other corporate and institutional clients (both borrowers and lenders) on all aspects of finance and security issues. Sectors covered will include leveraged finance, corporate lending and borrowing, real estate finance, Government finance, bonds and capital markets and asset based lending.
Support work for the corporate team on funding issues in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions work, as well as work for the commercial and real estate departments on funding issues in M&A work, portfolio property re-finances and more.
Drafting and preparation of various documents required within the transaction processes.
Being actively involved in assisting with marketing to new and existing clients and responsible for developing and sustaining relationships directly with clients
Our client base is varied and consists of the main clearing banks, debt funds and international banks, together with other investor and public sector clients such as universities and Government departments. Important growth areas for the team are working with international banks operating out of London (including large US banks) and expanding our range of debt fund clients.
What experience is required?
You will be NQ+ PQE with experience gained in a firm renowned for banking and finance work. Your experience will be substantially or wholly gained working in the banking and finance sector and you will be ambitious to progress.
What skills and attributes would I need?
- Technically strong
- Excellent written English for drafting purposes
- Good time and file management skills
- Negotiation skills
- Self-starting with common-sense and initiative
- Attention to detail
- Ability to build good working relationships with clients and potential clients
- Excellent interpersonal and the ability to project manage and lead a team on a portfolio.
Who will I be working with?
You will work with members of our national banking team. The cross office banking team is part of the wider Corporate and Commercial NSL, currently headed by Kevin Lowe. So if you want to join a supportive team, dealing with high value complex and cutting edge domestic and international banking a work, this is a role for you.
Our banking and finance team is top rated by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 and each of the team's partners are ranked as leading individuals in Chambers UK. We have a proven track record of acting on “first of a kind” transactions where we have developed new structures and solutions to help clients with particular requirements to access financing and see innovation in financing structures as crucial to our continued success and growth in a rapidly changing finance sector.
What else should I know?
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” for the last 17 years - the only law firm to achieve this. This year we were named as Roll on Friday's Firm of the Year. 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.
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 a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations.
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 Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.