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Solicitor/Associate/Senior Associate

PQE: 1 year +
Term: Permanent
Team: Commercial Group
Location: Thames Valley
The firm

We are a top 50 law firm with 194 partners and around 1,700 staff in total.  We have 12 locations in the UK and a significant international network.  Our clients include some of the largest financial, automotive, and technology businesses in the UK.

We champion diversity and inclusion, and our mission is to attract and nurture a diverse group of people and to create an environment and culture that is genuinely inclusive, in which every member of staff feels valued for their contribution.  We have been awarded Gold status in the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter in recognition of our commitment to this.  We were also the first major law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People.

We have received numerous accolades which reflect the quality and efforts of the firm, most notably perhaps, we were named National Law firm of the year at The Lawyer Awards 2019.

The team

Our national Commercial Practice Group continues to advance at pace. The group is comprised of Commercial contracts, Data & Privacy, TMT, IP, Financial Services and Projects & Infrastructure teams and we are proud to have a number of leading individuals within our ranks.  We are in the top tier of Legal 500 for most of our practice areas, although our intention is to have top rankings across the board.

We are collaborative and genuinely work along national lines. This means you work with the support of a national infrastructure around you but have scope to show enterprise and innovate in your own practice and your local office.

In Thames Valley you will join a small but growing commercial team, thriving under the leadership of Nick Holland and Fiona Teague. We have around 160 people in this office across our practice groups and we enjoy a great reputation here – Tier 1 ranked in corporate and commercial (Legal 500).

The role

As a result of this success and the exciting opportunities it affords, we have ambitious plans to grow our commercial team in the Thames Valley. We are ideally looking for an Associate level candidate and we want to hear from you if you are based in Reading or have connections here and want to work with us to support and develop our team in this location.

If you join us, you become part of our national network with scope to work across all our specialisms. On a day to day basis, you’ll be working with Nick and Fiona and the team on business critical commercial work for an impressive array of clients including the likes of Game, the Daily Mail Group, Experian plc, British American Tobacco and Associated British Foods Plc. The general work stream spans franchising, supply and servicing agreements, outsourcing, distribution agreements  as well as corporate support. You’ll also have exposure to Data & Privacy mandates dealing with Binding Corporate Rules, data breach support work, Article 28 (of GDPR) agreements and the privacy aspects of general commercial agreements. Much of our work has a cross-border or international element.

We are looking for enthusiastic, team orientated individuals with general commercial experience gained either from private practice or in-house.

You will share our values for providing outstanding client service and partnering with our clients to advance their businesses in terms of efficiency, technology and productivity. In most cases you will be taking your instructions from In-house Lawyers and you will benefit from operating at this level across the legal and commercial aspects of the business. The majority of our commercial legal advisors in Thames Valley have spent time in-house. If this is something you’re interested in, you have a high chance of securing a secondment opportunity in this team as we continue to receive requests to work closely withour clients within their businesses.

You will work with us to drive results and, where appropriate, will help to supervise and progress the junior legal advisors in the team. You’ll be handling work of the best quality in a positive, supportive environment and vitally, you will receive recognition for your input and have the ability to influence your career and the success of the team as a result.

You should consider this role if you have an entrepreneurial approach and would enjoy business development activities, and can show you have been an active participant in marketing and networking initiatives in your current role.  We will nurture these skills and encourage and support you in being innovative and ambitious in how you deliver an exceptional service experience for our clients. You will be a valued presence in the office in terms of bringing on the team and seeking out  commercial opportunities from your colleagues in other teams including corporate, employment and real estate.

We place a lot of belief in our culture and community, and genuinely believe we have something different to offer you at Shoosmiths.  This is reflected in everything we say and do from our use of technology to enable agile working, to the team spirit and culture and our collaborative way of working across offices.

If you have any queries about the role itself or prospects at Shoosmiths before deciding whether to apply, we are always happy to answer any questions or have a confidential discussion with you beforehand. Please get in touch with Rachel Charlton in our recruitment team if we can assist Rachel.charlton@shoosmiths.co.uk.

We are a values-driven business – our values are at the core of the firm and we evaluate how we behave in accordance with these values through a competency framework. This role is considered to be at competency Level 2 or 3 in our internal framework.

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.