PQE: NQ - 2
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Banking and Finance
Location: Ideally Cambridge, but other regional offices considered
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Tier 1 Legal 500 ranked Top Tier 2020, our highly regarded Banking and Finance team are regularly instructed by lenders and investors, as well as borrowers and companies seeking finance.

Partner Alex Schaafsma is listed as "a Rising Star" Legal 500.

Clients include:

Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland), Santander plc, HSBC Bank plc, Clydesdale Bank plc, National Westminster Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland plc, OakNorth Bank plc, as well as a number of other private lenders, in addition to a broad base of borrower clients.

Our team's expertise covers a variety of different types of banking and finance areas including:

  • Syndicated and bilateral conventional lending
  • Property finance, including advising on funding acquisitions of land, investment property and development/construction
  • Education loans and housing association finance
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Re-financings, restructurings/work-outs
  • Private finance and loan arrangements
  • Asset finance/asset backed lending



The candidate
  • This opportunity is ideally suited to ambitious Solicitor/Associates keen to forge a career specifically within Banking and Finance, able to demonstrate experience of drafting loan agreements, security documents and other types of finance documents.  A basic understanding of corporate law (in addition to banking and finance experience) would be beneficial.
  • Solicitors of 0-2 PQE should ideally (but not essentially) be based in Cambridge but other offices will also be considered. 
Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.