Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 30/11/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Social Housing Development
Location: UK-Wide
Let us introduce ourselves…

It is 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 how you dress, to how, when and where you work – we focus on outputs. 

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

The opportunity

This role is different, and if you want to make a difference working for not-for-profit organisations read on!

Rachel Gwynne heads up our Social Housing team.  In this team you get the best of both worlds, working closely with a smaller team whilst having the support of a large and dynamic social wider housing team.  We are looking for a Solicitor with up to around 2 years’ experience to join us and help to develop one of our a key focus areas.

There will be plenty of opportunity to support the delivery of strategic projects and the role not only offers a chance to develop technical and legal skills but also provides the opportunity to gain experience in business development as well as offering direct exposure to clients.

Your key duties will be:   

  • working alongside our sector lead to deliver corporate transactional and governance work to our not-for-profit clients
  • to work as part of a team of specialist lawyers to help deliver commercial outcomes for our clients
  • assisting with advising on constitutional changes, establishing new corporate entities and advising on governance matters including director and trustee duties and responsibilities, company and charity law compliance and governance best practice
  • supporting the delivery of strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions, charitable registrations and conversions, group restructures and collaborative working arrangements, drafting and negotiating documents, managing regulatory requirements and preparing ancillary documentation.
  • assisting on large complex deals with appropriate supervision and also building up your own caseload of straightforward matters

What we’re looking for:

  • up to 2 years’ previous experience advising on company law matters, incorporations and director/trustee duties and responsibilities (for Newly Qualified candidates, relevant experience gained during your training contract is essential)
  • ideally you will have a corporate governance background and experience in direct charity law would be perfect
  • we are open to someone coming from an in-house environment, such as providing legal in-house counsel for charities
  • the ability to deal with numerous complex issues on tight timescales
  • strong legal analysis and drafting skills
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines and manage own time efficiently
  • an interest in advising the not-for-profit sector and ideally some experience in advising charities
  • a strong team player with excellent communication skills
  • someone with a desire to enhance client relationships through day-to-day activity, keen to get involved in strategic business development

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, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be predominantly home based with travel as required into any of our office hubs. We don’t mind where you are based as long as you are happy to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon or Birmingham or to clients as and when needed.

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.