Finance/Projects Specialist -Surety Team

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The role and why you should apply

We are looking for a 5 plus years PQE Finance/ Projects lawyer to join our close-knit team based primarily in our London office though there is some flexibility on location.You will be joining a high performing and market leading team that advise the leading sureties/ issuers of bonds and guarantees in the UK on transactions both domestic and overseas.Our pre-eminent practice has been developed over the past 20 years, has unparalleled experience and is the go to option for complex/structured surety transactions. It is an excellent opportunity for you to work with leading individuals in this area and for you to become a key member of the team.You will advise on all aspects of bonds, guarantees, indemnities and security arrangements. To give you a flavour, the type of transactions the team currently advises on includes:- Bespoke, complex bond/guarantee wordings; facility/indemnity agreements; security arrangements; co-surety agreements and inter-creditor agreements.- Positioning bonds and guarantees in complex project structures.- Performance, adjudication and retention bonds on construction/infrastructure projects.- Refund guarantees and advance payment bonds.- Pension bonds and other bonds and guarantees required by statutory regulations.- Bank guarantee risk participation agreements.- Backed up by in-house specialist sector knowledge/expertise, helping sureties and brokers analyse and explore innovative new market opportunities-including financial services, technology, defence, education, health, shipping, transport, retail and energy.- Positioning of sureties in corporate restructurings and work-outs.- Managing bond/ guarantee claims: assessing and, where appropriate, disputing and/or negotiating settlement.Whilst some familiarity with these arrangements/documents would be beneficial it is by no means a pre-requisite as support and training will be provided by the team and you will find your finance/projects background will provide an excellent grounding. You will be joining a friendly and collaborative firm.

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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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 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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