We have a rare opportunity for a lawyer wanting to use their solid contract law knowledge and drafting skills to carve out a career in an in-house environment with a difference. Our own General Counsel team are looking for someone wanting to use and develop their existing skills and at the same time contribute to the huge variety of challenges that face a team sitting at the heart of the firm's risk and best practice strategy and management. You'll be a valued member of a friendly, flexible and supportive team, working together in a way that combines the benefits of being an in-house lawyer with the familiar environment of a law firm.
So what will you be doing?
We're looking for someone with ideally at least 2 or 3 years of experience in contract drafting and negotiation, to work with senior team members on the firm's own supplier and client contracts. But there are so many different aspects of this work that there will be plenty of scope for you to develop the role in line with your own strengths and interests. For example, there's the firm's commitment to its ESG agenda, and resulting need to work closely with our supply chain to make sure our supplier relationships share in our ESG aims and contribute to our ability to achieve them – and to support them in their own ESG journeys. There's the people agenda – it's really important to us that we are a genuinely inclusive and diverse place to work and that's something that needs to be weaved into our supplier and client relationships too as well as our people policies where we work closely with our HR team. Or there's the rapidly changing world of technology and AI, where we work closely with our great tech and cyber security specialists not only on understanding how best to protect our systems and our data but also on how to create our own tech solutions to meet the needs of the GC team today and tomorrow.
Many of our clients are large and complex national or international organisations and our relationships with them are often built on large and complex service supply contracts. The GC team play a vital role in the analysis and management of those contracts and also in supporting the associated client demands for us to work with them on their own ESG and technology journeys and to demonstrate to them how working with us contributes to their own aims and objectives in that space.
Of course, while our GC team may not be directly involved in client-facing work (with which comes the bonus of no time-recording!), they are still committed to making sure that those colleagues who are in that role are supported in providing our clients with superb service and in understanding and complying with the complex ethical and regulatory framework within which that service must be provided. As with all good in-house teams, our GC lawyers see the legal and support teams with whom they work as being their own clients who equally need that superb service from them. And while being lawyers themselves does help in developing that in-depth understanding of your clients' business that the in-house lawyer needs, the depth and breadth of the firm's expertise and the variety of sectors and clients with whom we work with means that new challenges present themselves constantly!
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. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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