Our nationally based commercial lawyers are integral to our continuing success. Representing an impressive range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients, public sector organisations, educational institutions and industry bodies, on high-profile, business-critical transactions and regulatory matters, they play a vital role in helping clients build growth and success. The team (one of the largest and most successful of its type) comprises specialists in commercial, IT, IP and data protection law who are located across our network of UK offices and includes nationally recognised leaders in their field.
The Solent team, which is led by Partners Paula Bartlett (Commercial) and Andrew Kimble (Data), and Legal Directors Stephen Anderson (Commercial) and Sheilah Mackie (Technology), is in growth mode and as such have an opportunity for a mid-level lawyer to join the team in Southampton.
What will you be doing?
In this varied role you'll find yourself working on a wide spectrum of work from negotiating large outsourcing deals to drafting smaller supply contracts, and everything in between, for an enviable client base of household names in a wide variety of sectors including retail, manufacturing, aerospace and defence, public sector and financial institutions (in line with our firm's focus on industry sector know-how and regional knowledge).
What does the ideal candidate look like?
Ideally we'd like to recruit a lawyer of between two and five years' post qualification experience in commercial contracts, IT services agreements and/or data protection gained at a City or large regional firm or in-house. Whatever your experience level you'll need excellent drafting and communication skills and have a natural ability to build long lasting client relationships and provide pragmatic solutions.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. My name is Lisa Gater (firstname.lastname@example.org) No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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