Associate/Senior Associate

PQE: 4 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Banking and Finance
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 national banking and finance team advises clients on a range of financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. Acting for borrowers, lenders and investors means we have a practical understanding of the needs of all parties to a financing transaction. Our expertise extends to corporate lending, acquisition finance, asset finance, real estate finance (both investment and development), project finance, marine finance and invoice discounting both on a bilateral and a syndicatable basis. We work closely with some of the UK's major banks and financial institutions, and have approved panel solicitor status with many of them. We manage transactions from start to finish, ensuring a smooth and cohesive process, enabling clients to continue to focus on building their relationships and running their businesses.

Our team is going from strength to strength, as showcased by the recent additions of Nick Iliff to our Birmingham team and Alexandra (Ali) Triptree to our Reading team, bolstering our project, real estate finance and acquisition finance practice. Our team of ten in Reading now has three Partners, and we are looking to complement our recent growth with the addition of an Associate or Senior Associate.

The role

This would suit a locally based banking lawyer or someone relocating to the Thames Valley. You will have the opportunity work closely with the local team on their matters, as well as the national Banking team. You will be heavily involved in some high value transactions and will be able to assist on a range of work with a particular focus on leverage finance and real estate finance.

We are ideally looking for an experienced Senior Associate who will be confident  drafting and negotiating facility agreements (both from LMA form and bank standard form), running matters (with appropriate supervision and supervising others in the team, but we would also welcome applications from ambitious Associates who are keen to take the next step in their career and be part of a highly ranked team.


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.