Associate/Senior Associate - Commercial Health

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Ideally based in Birmingham Cambridge or Manchester, but would consider our other offices

The role

We are looking for a commercial solicitor with experience of and/or an interest in health and care to work alongside and support our busy national Commercial Health team. Under supervision and working with the principal associate(s) and the partners, the successful person will undertake work for our impressive and varied range of private and public health sector clients, which includes household-name independent sector providers, NHS FTs, Trusts and local and national commissioners and take an active role in the growth and development of our Commercial Health business.

The work

The team‘s work includes advising on use, negotiation and delivery of the NHS standard contracts, clients on the development and implementation of Integrated Care, on primary care partnerships, joint ventures, sub-contracting arrangements, mergers and acquisitions including the acquisitions of GP practices (particularly within the independent health sector) and merging GP practices and their corporatisation. The work the team does also includes  being commissioners on clinical contracts and the legislative and regulatory framework underpinning the same focusing on contract management, service development and improving outcomes for patients; as well as providers on the limitations and opportunities arising in respect of existing and new clinical contracts. The work also includes commissioners and providers on non-clinical contracts, on place based partnerships, provider collaboratives and Primary Care Networks and  independent sector and NHS clients on health tech contracts and projects;. The team advise on corporate governance issues such as appropriate use of powers and public law duties and appropriate structures for carrying out certain activities,  large scale competitive procurements for long term and valuable contracts for both Contracting Authorities and NHS and IS bidding providers and  primary care contracts with doctors, dentists and pharmacists and the legislative and regulatory framework underpinning the same, Finally the team advise on co-operative developments between NHS bodies, local authorities and other partners and on legal structures for undertaking activities (collaborations, partnerships, joint ventures).

The person

You will be NQ+, with experience gained in a large regional or City firm with good technical skills in commercial law with an interest in healthcare. Ideally you will have experience of health sector, but we will also consider other applicants who can demonstrate excellent commercial legal skills with a breadth of commercial law. You will have good academics ideally 2.1 degree and A levels (or equivalents) with excellent written English and a keen eye for detail. We would also like someone with good research skills, including the ability to use online information sources and good IT skills. You will have the ability to build relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers. You will have good listening and questioning and negotiating skills.

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. 

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

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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