Senior / Principal Associate - Corporate

Gowling WLG
Birmingham, West Midlands
16 Jul 2018
14 Sep 2018
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5+ yrs PQE

About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.

About the Team

Our 60-strong team of corporate lawyers has extensive experience in delivering the full range of corporate advice ranging from public and private mergers and acquisitions, investments and restructurings to joint ventures and listings.

Our team includes the heads of a number of specialist sectors, including the Automotive and Tech sector and also the leaders of some of the firm's international desks (the US, Nordics, Germany and India).

We, therefore, combine this specialist sector and international knowledge to deliver a dedicated and personal service for our diverse client base comprising multi-national corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, start-ups and high net worth individuals.

What it's like to work with us

Working in the Corporate team offers a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic, innovative and driven team with a wide range of sophisticated international clients. Everyone is an integral member of the team which means you are given as much responsibility as you want and the opportunity to develop and progress quicker than your contemporaries at other firms.

What makes us different? Simple. You get premium work in a team which genuinely cares about you and your career and actively seeks to support you whether it is through agile working, investing in training or ensuring a drinks trolley is doing the rounds. From the start you will have the benefit of a very clear career pathway, defined objectives and lots of people willing to help you. The team is keen to ensure that you always feel supported, that you are learning and able to achieve your potential in a challenging and stimulating environment.

There is a strong emphasis on knowledge, development and training. Team members at all levels run bespoke training sessions. Guest speakers also regularly visit. There is a dedicated Corporate trainee training programme run by the associates and a separate training programme for associates.

From day one, you're also actively encouraged (and supported) to build and develop your own relationships whether with existing clients, potential new clients or multipliers.

Main Purpose of the Job

To undertake a wide spectrum of high quality corporate work – principally mergers and acquisitions, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and group restructurings.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The business of the team is growing and we are looking for lawyers at the Senior Associate and/or Principal Associate level to join us and assist us in delivering the very best client experience.

You will work as part of client teams with the ability to develop long-term trusted relationships, you will work with all of the partners and directors across the range of corporate work-types and you will have the opportunity to develop your own business development initiatives and improve your professional skills.

Key skills and experience

A solid grounding in Corporate law (commensurate with experience) with an appetite for excellent client service and a desire to be the best they can be.

We are looking for lawyers who are:

  • team-spirited
  • technically excellent
  • commercial with an ability to think on their feet and exercise sound judgement
  • able to develop relationships with colleagues, clients and their peers externally
  • ambassadors for the corporate team and Gowling WLG
  • keen to expand their knowledge base and skills.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

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