Associate - Projects Team - Cambridge

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What does the role involve? 

We are looking to welcome an associate to our friendly and very busy projects team. We are looking for a candidate with relevant projects/commercial law experience.

The projects team is regularly involved in high value and high profile projects often with national importance. You will be acting for universities, the Ministry of Defence and other Government departments - MCA, DWP and Homes England - and private sector consortia bidding on projects.  You will be given responsibility to run your own projects and matters with support from the partners and principal associates in the team. You therefore need to be a confident self-starter and happy to take own initiative. Transactions will be varied and cover a range of sectors.

The projects and clients are based across the UK so you may sometimes be required to work away from home.

The role will include:

  • drafting and negotiating project documentation such as project agreements, high value commercial contracts, facilities management contracts and construction contracts;

  • liaising with other specialists in the firm to ensure a seamless legal service;

  • undertaking and co-ordinating project management;

  • actively participating in business development initiatives and marketing events, including preparation of tenders, attending pitches, writing articles, contributing to seminars and attending client hospitality events;

  • advising on the terms of the procurement process and drafting contract notices, drafting SQs and ITTs and advising on evaluation methodologies; and

  • mentoring more junior members of the team.

What experience is required?

You will be 3+ years PQE

What skills and attributes would I need?

  • relevant projects/commercial law experience;

  • the ability to give clear, simple and pragmatic advice;

  • thoroughness in review of documents;

  • good academics;

  • good inter-personal skills;

  • the ability to establish a rapport with colleagues, clients and multipliers;

  • the ability to work under pressure and often to tight deadlines;

  • enthusiasm; and

  • a “can-do” attitude.

Who will I be working with? 

You will be working with partners, Andrew Ray, Jens Henniker Heaton and Stuart Thompson and other members of the projects team comprising 5 Principal Associates, 1 Senior Associate and 4 Associates.  The team is part of the wider Projects and Construction national service line headed up by Stuart Thompson.

What else should I know?

This is an 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. Last 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.

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 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.

More information can be found here.


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. Please click the link below to find further information regarding diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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