Associate/Senior Associate

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What does the role involve?

We are looking for a commercial solicitor to join our leading national commercial team, to undertake a wide range of work including advice on commercial contracts, outsourcing; projects, IT agreements, intellectual property, data protection and public procurement. This role can be based in any office except London.Depending on your level of experience, you will either assist the partners in the CIPIT Team or work on your own matters which include drafting and negotiating a wide range of licence agreements, commercial contracts, including standard terms and conditions, outsourcing agreements, distributorship and agency agreements, website terms of use and privacy policies, supply contracts and joint venture agreements. You will also be advising on intellectual property ownership issues, life sciences, data protection and public procurement strategy and documentation. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in projects, the commercial elements of corporate deals, contentious IP matters, and assist colleagues with commercial work for our health, education and technology sector clients.

Why should I apply?

The CIPIT team has been busy throughout the pandemic. The team delivers a significant proportion of work for technology and life sciences sector clients, a sector which has shown significant and high growth which is projected to continue to grow strongly post-pandemic.

What experience is required?

You will have 3+ years post qualification experience gained in a large regional, national or international firm. You will have excellent technical skills in commercial law with a strong interest in IP, IT and information law. You will be a commercially-minded lawyer, who is prepared to turn your hand to a wide range of work.

What skills and attributes would I need?

- Good academics- Excellent written English and a keen eye for detail- Ability to build relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers- Strong negotiating skills- Self-starting, with common-sense and initiative- Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence, persuade- Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources- Good IT skills- Work as part of a team in line with the firm‘s valuesDesirable:- Supervisory skillsYou will be able to demonstrate an:- interest in commercial law and how it impacts on relationships between businesses- understanding of what makes businesses work and an ability to ask the right questions about what clients are trying to achieve from their commercial relationships- ability to understand the environment that clients work in and to deliver €œadvice that advises€, both orally and in writing- ability to assimilate a lot of information quickly and focus on the key issuesYou will have- good time and file management skills to enable you to juggle lots of different matters- flexibility to apply fundamental legal and commercial skills to a diverse range of contracts and arrangements- dedication to providing outstanding client service- ability to work under pressure

Who would I be working with?

You will be working with a range of our CIPIT partners and will be part of the wider cross office Corporate and Commercial National Service Line headed up by partner, Kevin Lowe.

Pre-employment screening

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. This post is also subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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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