Commercial PDL (Professional Development Lawyer)

Employer
Womble Bond Dickinson
Location
Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth or Southampton
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
21 Jan 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Professional Support
Practice Area
Commercial
Role Classification
Lawyer
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Job Details

We have an excellent (and fully flexible) opportunity to join our Commercial team as a Practice Development Lawyer, working on a part-time basis (3 days per week).  The role can be home-based, with occasional attendance at one of our regional offices (Southampton, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol or Plymouth), or a hybrid role with a mix of home and office working.

The role

The main focus of the role will be developing and maintaining the team's precedents.  Other aspects of the role will include developing training materials; providing legal updates on matters relevant to the team's practice and assisting with client requests for newsletters, horizon scanning, etc.  The role is predominantly internally focussed, but there is likely to be a need to carry out client facing requirements, such as training.  As such an appetite and enthusiasm for delivering internal and external training is key to the role.

The team

The firm's large and busy Commercial Team – which includes four sub-teams: commercial, IP, technology and data & privacy advises on the full spectrum of commercial contracts, supporting a wide range of clients across many sectors and industries both nationally and internationally.  The team is known particularly for its expertise in the retail, technology, manufacturing, chemicals and transport sectors, as well as complex public sector contracts.

The candidate

We're looking for someone with a minimum of 5 years PQE gained in Private Practice.  However, aside from this, we are open-minded about what stage in their career any potential candidate might be.  For example, the very flexible nature of the role means it may appeal to those looking to step away from fee-earning for the first time or those who are looking to return after a career break or those who are looking to work fewer days. 

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.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. My name is Lisa Gater (lisa.gater@wbd-uk.com) No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/womblebonddickinsoncareers/)

Company

Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle.

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight 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; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

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