Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 12/08/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Corporate
Location: Lincoln
Let us introduce ourselves…

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

Meet the team

Our Corporate team comprises around 30 solicitors and are part of the firm’s wider Life and Business unit. We act for SMEs, owner managed businesses, HNWIs, VCs, financial institutions, PLCs and banks on corporate transactions.

The team have had an outstanding start to the year, totalling more than £4 billion in deals - a new record for the firm. Completing an average of three deals per week in the first quarter from January to March this year, we have supported ambitious businesses with their transactions both nationally and internationally. The deals, spanning clients in the East Midlands, West Midlands and South East regions, form part of our recent growth plans at the firm, with aims to double in size by 2023.

The opportunity

We are looking for a Corporate Solicitor with between 1 and 5 years’ PQE experience to join our expanding Lincoln Corporate team, as part of our wider East Midlands team. It’s a unique opportunity to play a key part in market leading business at a time of exciting growth. This would suit you if you are keen to make a mark in the Lincolnshire market in a firm where you will have exposure to great quality work, including large transactions.

Your key duties will be:

  • working alongside senior lawyers to provide assistance on all aspects of corporate transactional and reorganisation work (commercial experience is welcomed but not essential)
  • assisting on large complex deals with appropriate supervision; building up your own caseload of more straightforward matters
  • assisting with company secretarial services, including preparation of board minutes, Companies House forms and other ancillary transactional documents
  • handling enquiries efficiently
  • liaising with clients in a professional manner
  • working to strict deadlines

Role requirements:

  • 1 - 5 years’ previous experience gained dealing in Corporate matters within a law firm or in-house
  • strong IT skills
  • the ability to manage files effectively
  • a desire to enhance and build client relationships
  • excellent communication skills
  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a fast-moving environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible. After all, we value what you do, not where you do it!

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lincoln, Sheffield and Glasgow. This role will be a mix of home-based working, with travel as required into our Lincoln office hub and other East Midlands offices.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.