Commercial Associate

PQE: 2 years +
Term: Permanent
Team: Commercial Group
Location: Birmingham
The role

Our Birmingham Commercial team is hiring at Associate level. Tier 1 ranked in IT and Telecoms this is your chance to join one of the city’s premier commercial departments.

Why else should you apply? You will be part of a commercial team at the forefront of innovation for our firm – establishing award winning creative platforms to deliver smarter, faster, better for our clients. We encourage bright ideas from every member of the team so you can make your contribution from day 1.

Our clients view us as an extension of their business and we get numerous requests for secondees. If you join us you’ll most likely get the opportunity to spend some time in-house with one of them. 

The work you’ll do will span everything from contracts for e-business to major outsourcing projects, and relating to purchasing, production, marketing, selling, infrastructure or technology. We are interested to hear from you if you have post qualification experience in a busy commercial department with some experience in IT being an advantage. We will commit to training and developing you and giving you the opportunity to play to your areas of work and sector interest, specialising as you advance.

We place a lot of belief in 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 effective cross-office working, to the team spirit and culture. If you have any queries about working at Shoosmiths or this role – we’d be delighted to have a discussion in confidence so please contact Rachel Charlton in our Recruitment Team (

The team and wider firm

Our national Commercial Group is a 28 Partner-strong practice consisting of 90 lawyers across TMT, Commercial and Projects, IP, Data Privacy and Financial Services. The firm has 13 locations in the UK.  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.

Equal opportunities

Our approach to our people is underpinned by our approach to diversity, inclusion and well being. Our ambition is to build a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues.

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.