Senior Associate/Associate – Technology/IT & Commercial Opportunities

PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Practice area: Commercial
Location: Guildford
The Firm

Stevens & Bolton is one of the largest firms in the South outside London and is independently recognised as one of the UK's leading national law firms with top quality clients and excellent work.

Training and knowledge management is first class. Like the firm as a whole, the team environment is friendly, supportive and relaxed and all team members have the opportunity to do interesting and challenging work and to participate in business development, knowledge sharing, training and CSR/pro bono initiatives.

The Role

We are looking for great lawyers to join our renowned technology practice.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a highly professional and dynamic group currently consisting of 14 lawyers.  It is your perfect chance to work outside (but close to) London with a work life balance (and avoid the dreaded commute!), whilst advising and assisting on a wide variety of high quality technology projects.

We also recognise that lawyers value the ability to work flexibly - we have agile working policies to facilitate flexible working and whilst this is a full time role, we will consider a minimum of 4 days per week.

What will you be doing?

All members of the team advise on IT contracts, as well as dedicating a significant proportion of their time to commercial law advice and data protection/cyber security matters.  There is a particular sector focus on tech businesses, insurance/financial services and life sciences.

So, you can expect to get involved in a fantastic range of work, with an impressive client list that includes well-known brands, multinationals, FTSE 100 corporates as well as owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs.  The team (and the wider firm) has a significant focus on international work and much of what we do has a cross border dimension.

Representative recent matters include:

  • Advising a technology business on its distribution and licensing arrangements in relation to fraud detection software

  • Advising a global life insurance business on its platform and app-related product distribution arrangements

  • Providing all required commercial and regulatory advice to a next generation Swedish telecommunications company, providing services across the UK

  • Advising the central procurement function of one of the world’s largest drinks companies on its commercial arrangements

  • Advising on the implementation of EU falsified medicines law in the UK, including technology outsourcing agreements and advice on Brexit related implications

  • Advising on the data protection aspects of international franchise agreements for a well-known retailer of menswear

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for strong team players with good inter-personal skills, good academics and high quality experience – typically with a major City or leading national/regional practice – who have a commercial approach and excellent technical, communication and negotiation skills.

The range of the work undertaken means we can accommodate a variety of experiences and aspirations: you might be a technology lawyer looking to continue this type of work, a commercial lawyer who wishes to develop specialist legal or sector expertise, or a specialist regulatory lawyer looking to broaden your practice to a wider variety of sectors or work types.