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PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Corporate
Location: Thames Valley
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our award winning national Corporate team, which has been ranked in the top four firms for deal volume for the past four years by Experian MarketIQ's M&A Review, is led by a team of partners widely regarded as leaders in their field who are regularly recommended by clients for their reputation, personalities and outstanding expertise.

We advise companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle, from start-up and first round finance through M&A, management transactions, venture and development funding, restructuring, capital reductions, private equity funding and exits.

Our highly ranked team is one of the largest in Reading and act for a variety of local, national and international clients, assisting and advising them on all aspects of the business life cycle. We have a genuine passion for our work and are open, friendly and collegiate, offering great training and support and genuinely exciting prospects.   

The role

We are looking for a driven and ambitious Associate to join our similarly ambitious Corporate team. Our team has a clear growth strategy, which means that for the right candidate there is the opportunity for real career progression.

In this role you will be supported and encouraged to take ownership of smaller transactions, as well as have the opportunity to assist the Partners on larger, more complex matters. The core focus of the work will be M&A but you will also cover all aspects of corporate finance including private equity, venture capital, capital markets, joint ventures and re-organisations.

We pride ourselves in providing the best client experience, you will therefore be encouraged to take part in a variety of client and BD activities from the outset.    

The team is dynamic and vibrant with an incredible team spirit and we are looking for an equally enthusiastic lawyer to help us achieve our exciting growth plans.

Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.