Commercial Solicitor (NQ-2 PQE)

Job Description

Salary: TBC

Brief Overview

Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals.

Blake Morgan has developed excellence in all areas of commercial law within the private, public and third sectors.  Our practice is highly regarded and we provide expert advice around public sector contracting, commercial outsourcing and joint ventures.  We pride ourselves on being outcome focused and getting under the skin of our clients from a broad range of sectors including local authority, leisure, education, healthcare and education.   

Role Purpose

The Role

Our Commercial and Charities business group operates across all of our regions to provide seamless service to our clients no matter where they are based.  The practice is very busy and is looking to hire a Solicitor to be based in Cardiff or Reading, supporting the wider group.  Joining us means you will have exposure to a wide range of interesting, high quality work and excellent opportunities to develop your technical knowledge and commercial skill set.

You will be advising on a wide range of commercial contracts including matters related to Fintech, franchising, IP, manufacturing and data protection.  You will be involved in drafting and negotiating contracts of various sizes and values and will be encouraged to act as an extension of our clients' in-house legal teams. 

Whilst you will be based in either Cardiff or Reading we are currently working remotely and so as long as you would be willing to come the office on occasion, you may not necessarily need to be currently based there.   You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support and resources you require. 

Skills & Experience

 

Skills / Experience Required

You will have developed a good grounding in commercial law in your early career or be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in this practice.Your experience will have been gained at a similarly tiered firm to Blake Morgan as a Paralegal or Solicitor. You will be comfortable drafting and negotiating contracts; carrying out legal research and due diligence; guiding clients through commercial challenges; developing client relationships and ensuring that we deliver solutions in line with our clients' aims.

  • Strong technical competence

  • Intellectual ability

  • Self-motivation

  • Commercial awareness

  • Good drafting skills

  • A team player – willing to support others and be flexible

  • Confident and personable

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Enjoys client contact with ability to build rapport and confidence

  • Well regarded where you are

  • Willingness to get involved and assist with practices and sector development

  • Excellent IT skills

  • Understands and complies with Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality

Job Benefits

Some of the benefits of working at Blake Morgan include:

  • 26 days' annual holiday and option to purchase 1 weeks' leave

  • Birthday holiday, should your birthday fall on a working day

  • Performance related bonus scheme

  • Profit share scheme

  • Private medical insurance including access to a health advice helpline

  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme with matched contributions (5% employer pension contribution when employee contributes 3%)

  • Life assurance scheme

  • Critical illness cover

  • MediCare Cash Plan - claim for flu jab, health screening, optical and dental plus a range of wellbeing and health services

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Professional subscriptions

  • Season ticket loan (Cardiff, London and Reading)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Preferential rates for travel insurance

  • Discounts at leading retailers

  • Volunteering leave

  • Recruitment referral scheme

  • Gifts at key lifestyle and career milestones

 

Culture & Environment

 

Our Culture and Environment

We pride ourselves on our Personality, which is weaved into everything we do for our staff, clients and communities alike. We have created an environment underpinned by our "ACTS framework" that places high value on being:

Astute (commercially)

Committed

Team playing

Straightforward

It's part of the way we like to do things. If you wish to work amongst colleagues with these behaviours, then you will find yourself amongst likeminded individuals at Blake Morgan.

We work as one team and believe in supporting our colleagues to strengthen the firm. We act honestly and openly in all that we do. We care for our communities and encourage all our people to actively participate in our sports, social and charitable activities. We also offer opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge and to progress within the firm via our Blake Morgan Academy.

Blake Morgan strives to create and maintain a positive, non-discriminatory work environment. We will ensure that all applications for vacancies will be considered without discrimination against any person on the basis of race, colour, religion, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or marital status. Further details about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion can be found here.

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