The Charities and Education team at Womble Bond Dickinson is one of the few nationally dedicated charities legal teams and we're proud to be ranked as leaders in this field, across the UK. The team acts for a diverse range of clients including service providers, grant makers, religious orders, professional societies, universities, independent schools, academies, social enterprises and more. Our advice spans a wide range of issues from governance and constitutional issues, through to trustees' duties and responsibilities, mergers, strategic partnerships, fundraising, trading and Charity Commission regulatory issues.
Head of team, Emma Moody, is now looking for a qualified lawyer to join the team in Bristol or Newcastle, where you will also work closely with London-based Partner Jo Coleman.
So what will you be doing?
Working with fellow specialists across the UK, no two days will be the same. You'll continue to develop your technical expertise through high quality work, with a combination of your own caseload and working as part of our wider team which is down to earth, straightforward, and great to work with. Experience within the Charities sector is not essential, but an interest is. It's your technical skills that we're more interested in, whether it's in charity and/or education law or else corporate, commercial, or private client expertise.
There will be plenty of opportunities for client contact and you'll be expected to build and maintain strong relationships. The team has a clear vision and an appetite for growth and it's a great time to be joining us whether you're at the early stages of your career or further on in your development.
What are we looking for?
Ideally we would like you to have at least 2/3 years post-qualification experience but you will be pleased to know that we don't have an ideal candidate in mind. We recognise the uniqueness of all of our people and the varied talents they bring. However, to make a success of this role, there are a few key skills and attributes to set you on your way.
We're looking for expertise across a corporate or commercial or private client practice area that has given you exceptional drafting, communication skills and a commercial outlook. You'll need to be a robust and resilient lawyer, and willing to work in a fast-paced environment with others who share the same passion for the charities and education sectors as you do.
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 (email@example.com) No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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