Commercial Associate

Expiring today

Bristol (City Centre), Bristol
10 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
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0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

"..excellent all round; they have provided good advice and been supportive" – Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate to join our highly regarded Commercial team in Bristol. You will have the opportunity to advise on a good spread of commercial work, spanning complex commercial and technology projects, with the option to advise on other areas such as IP and privacy if you have (or wish to develop) expertise in those specialisms too.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a top-tier Chambers and Legal 500 rated team and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive, fun and collegiate environment. You will have a good degree of flexibility to choose the types of commercial work that you wish to focus on, and the sectors that you would like to advise, to build the career you want.

The practice

Our Commercial group provides leading-edge business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinationals and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity. Our specialist areas include: energy, transport, technology contracts, data protection, consumer protection and intellectual property. Our Bristol team has a strong reputation both with local and national clients requiring support on strategically important commercial projects, and with large global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice.

We span multiple sectors, with particular focuses in TMC, Retail, Energy, Infrastructure and Transport – creating opportunities for lawyers to gain experience and involvement in a variety of sectors and to develop a focus on areas of particular interest to them.

The work

You will get to work on high value, strategic commercial projects for big name brands across our sectors – companies like Centrica, Admiral, EE and Siemens. Whether it's a major outsourcing, an innovative collaboration, developing sales channels via agency, distribution or franchising networks, or a strategic, high value procurement, there will be plenty of complex, interesting commercial transactions for you to support, working closely alongside partners and senior lawyers, with plenty of client exposure.

Our longstanding focus on the TMC Sector means we work with A-grade tech and comms businesses such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Facebook and Google. Equally, we are we are at the forefront of innovation in the energy sector. For example, we recently supported Centrica's local energy market project and are working closely with an electricity network operator on the development of smart grids. Meanwhile in the transport sector we are advising on the development of the new "Breeze" hydrogen train, for example, and acting for clients active in the fast-growing electric vehicles and connected & autonomous vehicles markets.

In the retail sector, we support household name brands on the IT contracts and data protection compliance that underpin their online operations.

Our commercial team is advising on projects that are at the heart of transformational trends across digitalisation, urban dynamics and decarbonisation. This role gives you an unrivalled opportunity to pick the areas of commercial law that interest you most, and the sectors that you find the most exciting, and build a career focusing on those.

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The team

"As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" – Chambers & Partners

Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of almost 50 lawyers in total. The Bristol team is made up of 4 Partners, 3 Associate Directors, 5 Senior Associates, 5 Associates, 1 Trainee Solicitor and a paralegal, and is supported by a commercial Professional Support Lawyer. The Bristol practice is led by partner Lara Burch. You will be working closely with Lara, with regular opportunities to work with commercial partner Edward Barratt and technology partners Will Robertson and Tom Harding. You will also be able to work with other lawyers across the commercial team, as well as colleagues in our international offices.

Technical skills and experience

You will show the desire to develop a range of commercial law experience, having trained at a city, national or large regional law firm recognised for its commercial law practice. The role requires someone with strong drafting skills and the ability to provide concise, commercial advice to clients whilst really getting to know their sector(s) as well as the relevant law. Some exposure to advising international clients would be advantageous but is not a pre-requisite, and some experience of supporting clients in one or more of our key sectors would be helpful but not essential. Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for an Associate level lawyer with experience advising on commercial law, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, tailored to you
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke LLP we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the Recruitment team on 0117 917 3072 or email


At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive to be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.

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