Senior Associate - Procurement

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The role

We need a first class Senior Solicitor to join our leading national cross-sector public procurement team. This role is to work alongside our other public procurement lawyers, as well as lawyers in the commercial and projects teams, in providing support and advice in relation to public procurement law to clients including central and local government, national agencies, NHS bodies, education institutions, charities and utility companies, as well as suppliers to the public sector and utilities from SMEs to PLCs.Ideally based in Birmingham or Cambridge, although we also welcome applications from candidates wishing to be based in Leeds, Manchester or Norwich, you will be involved in all aspects of procurement advice and for both procuring entities and suppliers. Tasks will include: drafting and advising on procurement documentation (from OJEU notices through to evaluation strategy, standstill and award) as well as the associated commercial contracts, procurement strategy and other procurement advisory work; and advising on challenges to procurement decisions and processes.


We have an impressive client list and you will work closely with a number of the largest public sector bodies, as well as leading suppliers. We aim to provide clients with pragmatic and commercially focussed advice and we are looking for a lawyer who can put their specialist knowledge of procurement law into practice and find practical solutions to support our clients' businesses.Work will include, but not be limited to:- advising on all aspects of public procurement law- advising on urgent contentious matters, including procurement litigation and proceedings in the High Court (both defending and bringing challenges);- other related public and commercial law matters;- assisting in the maintenance of our market-leading procurement online resource, the Procurement Portal;- supporting other business development activities, including speaking at training events, seminars and external conferences, contributing to newsletters, blogs, tenders and pitches;- contribution to internal know-how and precedent development; and- supervising more junior members of the team and trainees.Whilst the main focus of the role is public procurement, we would welcome applications from candidates who are also able to support clients in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, particularly in respect of public sector outsourcing and projects. An ability to advise on state aid / state subsidy would also be an advantage.

Why should I apply?

This is a chance to join a growing practice at a time of significant change in the public procurement sphere. The work you do will be substantial, challenging and varied and can sometimes make headlines.

What experience is required?

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with a passion for procurement law. You will have the confidence to take responsibility for your own matters, and clients, and to help in growing the practice.You will be 5 plus years PQE with previous strong public procurement experience. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate excellent commercial legal skills, sound commercial acumen, an in depth understanding of the public sector and a passion for public procurement work.

What skills and attributes would I need

- Good academics- A breadth of experience of public procurement and commercial law- Excellent written English for drafting purposes- Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence, and persuade- A track record of guiding clients through tricky issues to reach a pragmatic solution- A strong interest in the public sector and passion for procurement law- Marketing and business development experience- Experience of public speaking- Excellent commercial management skills including experience in scoping and pricing work- Excellent time and paper management

The Team

The role is within our Corporate and Commercial National Service Line (NSL) which is led by Kevin Lowe.The public procurement team sits mainly within our Commercial, IP and IT (CIPIT) sub-NSL led by Greg Gibson. There are also public procurement lawyers sitting in the firm‘s Projects team and all of our public procurement lawyers work closely with other commercial and projects lawyers within the firm. The CIPIT and Projects teams work increasingly closely together and the successful candidate should be prepared to work with both of those teams providing public procurement and commercial contracts support.

Information about the Firm

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 been named for a record 17th year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times' annual survey and is the only UK law firm to have achieved this. We are also delighted to have been named by RollonFriday as one of the top law firms in the UK for the fifth year running.

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. 

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 access 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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