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Solicitor

Closing date: 31/10/2019
PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Corporate and Commercial
Location: Uxbridge

 

IBB is Heathrow’s closest major law firm and a Thames Valley heavyweight. It is a full-service firm, working for clients all over the South East of England. IBB has three offices, one in each of Uxbridge and Reading for corporate, charity, employment, IT/IP, real estate, private client and community legal services, the other in South Bucks for private clients. IBB boasts one of the region’s largest real estate teams outside of London and a corporate team working with UK headquarters of multinationals and large SMEs based in the South East. IBB handles complex work with great attention to detail and high-quality client service. The firm has a clear vision to understand what our clients want and to deliver the best service possible through our legal professionals, support staff and technology. IBB’s partners are recommended in the legal directories as leading individuals in their fields and there are six accredited commercial mediators and one accredited family mediator within the firm. IBB is also ISO 9001:2000 and Lexel-accredited.

 

The purpose of this role is to provide an efficient corporate service capability for IBB in line with an emerging opportunity to be a lead provider of these services to new and existing clients. The post-holder will be working with the partners in the team to increase the volume of instructions on both the corporate side of the practice and in relation to commercial and IP / IT work. Please see the IBB website for a full list of the services we offer and the calibre of the clients we act for.

 

Key Responsibilities

1. Providing additional strength and depth to the existing team by supporting the partners with more complex corporate and commercial work and supervising the more junior members of the team working within the following areas of work:

i) Corporate including:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions  
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
  • Reorganisations
  • Secured and Unsecured Lending
  • Insolvency and Reconstruction

ii) General Commercial including:

  • Terms & Conditions
  • GDPR Advice
  • Supply Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements.

        

2. Providing support to other IBB teams such as real estate, charities, employment and construction to include working with other teams on larger cross disciplinary projects as and when required.

 

3. Being responsible for billing and administration processes in line with team procedures; taking responsibility for delegating work to junior solicitors, trainee paralegal and /or the group legal administrator(s) where appropriate; providing guidance on legal issues for more junior members of the team where appropriate; managing cash and disbursement control and working on ad hoc projects as and when required

 

4. Helping to develop team capability to the point it can be marketed more extensively to existing clients not yet using the service and/or new prospects.  This will mean: looking for ways to innovate with existing streams of ancillary work, building your own personal reputation and building eminence for the firm by; developing existing and new contacts and referrers of work; taking the lead on article writing in your team; joining relevant associations and seeking out positions of responsibility to support your personal ambitions to become or maintain your position as a leader in your field and encouraging others in the team to build the team reputation

 

5. Developing self-organisational and interpersonal skills so that: work is prioritised and progressed as efficiently as possible; new business is effectively introduced and managed into the firm; the partners in the Group are sufficiently aware of your workload and specific issues which arise on your matters and you maintain a flexible and proactive approach to work and good working relationships with external institutions including clients and any professional referrers to promote IBB’s brand in the marketplace.

 

6. Ensuring that professional services provided by the team are of the highest quality, that client care standards are effectively maintained, and that work completed meets the appropriate standards. To ensure that the files are maintained properly and that matters are progressed in line with the firm’s standard up to and including billing and file closing.    

 

Person Specification

Education

  • Degree educated 2:1 or above
  • Strong LPC pass

Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law
  • Strong corporate experience with evidence of working on complex transactions and experience of working with larger clients
  • Ability to manage corporate transactions, subject to Partner’s supervision
  • Experience of managing / supervising juniors

Skills

  • Comfortable in drafting and undertaking advisory work for medium to large scale organisations
  • Good communication
  • Business development skills and experience
  • IT literate (self – sufficient in using document management systems, MS Office and Internet)