Corporate Lawyer (3-6 years PQE)

Womble Bond Dickinson
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
Closing date
22 Jan 2023

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Solicitors – Private Practice
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Practice Area
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
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With over 10 years' experience of operating in Scotland, our status as one of the leading law firms in Edinburgh is well established. We have invested all of our knowledge and resources during this time into supporting Scottish-based businesses and helping them to succeed and grow.

From our office in the heart of the city, the Edinburgh team has focused on delivering legal services to clients in our key sectors and, with particular successes within the financial servicesenergy and property sectors, we are confident that we will continue to support Scottish businesses for years to come.

Our national Corporate team continues to impress clients and industry experts alike.  We are keen to grow the national team and recruiting into Edinburgh ties in with our ambitious growth plans north of the border.

The 50-strong national corporate practice is handling some ground-breaking transactions within our sectors and supporting significant deals in the development of our clients' businesses. Clients tell us they love our ''excellent client service, responsiveness and clear understanding of what they need to achieve".  Just some of the standalone projects and ongoing partnerships our corporate lawyers have undertaken are listed below:

  • Advised Atom Bank on the successful raising of £200 million in equity investment and its strategic partnership with BBVA
  • Appointed to advise Cairngorm Capital on its investments in Polyframe and Stevenswood and numerous subsequent bolt-on acquisitions
  • Acted for Countrywide Farmers Plc on the disposal of its LPG distribution business to Flogas
  • Advised Molins PLC on the disposal of its tobacco instrumentation and machinery business to Italian competitor G.D S.p.A (a wholly owned subsidiary of Coesia S.p.A)
  • Represented Old Mutual Wealth on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Intrinsic Financial Services Limited, the UK's largest network of restricted and independent financial advisers
  • Appointed to advise OpSec Security Group Plc on its £16 million "PIPE" investment by Investcorp Technology Partners and subsequent £67 million recommended offer from Investcorp funds
  • Advised Piper Private Equity on private equity investments, including in Loungers Café-bars, Turtle Bay Restaurants, Orlebar Brown, Hickory's Smokehouse, Forthglade Foods, Propercorn, Pet Food UK (Barking Heads), Flat Iron Steak Restaurants and Neom Organics 
  • Advised RES, the global renewable energy company, on the sale of the Port of Tyne 35MW battery storage project.

The role

We are seeking to recruit an additional corporate lawyer into the team, ideally within the 3-6 years PQE bracket.  The successful candidate will join an experienced and talented team of multidisciplinary lawyers who pull together to offer the best and most complete client service. You can expect a varied workload, working on a range of quality deals for major names in sectors such as energy, insurance, financial services and private equity.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate some experience of good quality corporate work. We're keen to hear from those who trained and qualified at a city or large regional firm, but equally interested in hearing from candidates who have had good training and experience with a reputable firm but want to move to a larger firm.  The ability to demonstrate a proactive attitude to work, commercial pragmatism, and a strong team ethos will be equally as important however. The successful candidate will also be motivated to actively participate in business development activities to help develop the team's business and their own network.  In return this role offers a unique opportunity to join a motivated, collegiate team with a first class reputation with clients and colleagues alike.

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 LGBTQ+, 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 ( 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 (


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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