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Role Description

This vacancy is for an experienced solicitor in the commercial and technology team, either gained in house or in a commercial role at a well-regarded private practice firm. 

Experience/ Attributes required

We are looking for a solicitor with:

  • Excellent training and knowledge of contract law
  • Significant drafting experience
  • Experience advising on contractual risk and negotiating contracts with the aim of achieving commercial solutions for clients
  • Sound understanding of a broad range of commercial issues, including data protection, intellectual property and competition law
  • An interest and experience in digital media, data and technology will be an advantage
  • Confidence and maturity to negotiate and draft commercial contracts on their own and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a team alongside other lawyers, even in a remote environment
  • Enthusiasm and an enquiring mind with the desire to expand knowledge of law
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to provide clear & concise advice in plain English and to articulate complex legal concepts in a comprehensible manner for lay business people
  • Excellent skills in legal analysis with the aptitude to apply them to commercial reality and to deliver pragmatic advice
  • A keen desire to understand clients’ businesses and goals and to build long term client relationships
  • Commercial awareness, initiative and a solution-orientated approach, with adaptability to meet challenges of constantly shifting client priorities to fulfill their objectives
  • Keenness to be involved in business development and to build their own client portfolio

Work type:

Our clients include global and international companies with regional headquarters based in the UK or mainland Europe; mid-market UK companies and fast-growing and entrepreneurial businesses. In particular, we provide legal services to the UK/EMEA operating entities of US-owned companies. For many clients we act as external, and often sole, legal counsel providing day-to-day advice on commercial contractual matters and data protection.

Many of our clients are in the technology and digital media, transport & logistics and hospitality & leisure sectors.

Much of our work involves drafting and advising on a broad array of commercial agreements.  For a number of clients we provide an external counsel resource providing day-to-day advice on contractual negotiations with suppliers and customers.  We also undertake project-based tasks and risk assessment/management of proposed contracts.

With strong TMT connections, we are well known for the work we do in the field of business process outsourcing, software as a service and hosted solutions, as well as software development and licensing.  We have a strong media and publishing practice and work for a number of online publishers providing a quasi in house legal service covering the broad spectrum of commercial legal needs. We also have data protection experts and provide specialist data protection advice to our clients.

We advise on and handle the management of all types of intellectual property, the licensing of which underlies most TMT contracts. Through our distinct “brand guardianship” service, we manage and maintain portfolios of trademarks, designs and domain names. We also have a contentious IP practice and support clients in the enforcement of their rights in the event of infringement.

In summary, the commercial team’s work covers:

  • Commercial contracts, frequently with an international aspect
  • Technology contracts (including SaaS agreements, website and app development and hosting agreements)
  • Digital media and Ecommerce
  • Marketing, advertising and sponsorship
  • Data Protection
  • Data licensing and commercialisation
  • Intellectual property management, commercialisation, protection  and enforcement
  • Advising on strategic business projects e.g. operations structuring, investment planning, international expansion

The Role

The successful candidate can expect to gain broad experience supporting on a diverse range of matters across these areas. They will also run their own files with the support of senior lawyers in the team. Work typically includes contract drafting and negotiation, advisory services in relation to data protection and intellectual property matters, and transactional support and guidance for corporate clients.

To provide this service our lawyers need to be commercial and pragmatic. We have a number of long standing client relationships and it is important that lawyers in the team have excellent communication skills coupled with a desire to get to know their client’s business. The successful candidate will enjoy direct client contact advising on a full range of matters and will be encouraged to build client relationships in a supportive environment. The training and development of our lawyers is important particularly given the breadth of our work. Lawyers are encouraged to develop their legal knowledge and expertise and to contribute to regular training and know how sessions.

We also work closely with the corporate team in relation to sale/purchase preparations and with the firm’s dispute resolution team in relation to IP right infringement claims, e.g. counterfeit goods and breach of confidential information. The successful candidate can expect to gain exposure of such matters, liaising with the wider firm’s wider business services team.

 

Benefits

In return the team offers:

  • Exposure to a broad and interesting range of clients, matters, and issues across the breadth of commercial practice and often with an international flavour;
  • Opportunity to develop legal skills and knowledge and to work in a genuinely friendly, supportive and collaborative working environment;
  • Culture of genuine work-life balance;
  • Flexibility to divide working days between the office and home.
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension scheme with a 4% employer contribution and the employee pays 4%
  • Life Assurance - 5 x final salary
  • Private medical cover for employee
  • Season Ticket Loan

Other non contractual benefits include:

  • An additional days holiday for your birthday
  • A weekly wellbeing hour
  • 8 hours per annum for charity work
  • Cash back medical plan
  • Discounted retail benefits
  • Bring your dog to work
  • Ability to join fee earner bonus scheme
  • Travel season ticket loan scheme available
  • Cycle to work scheme available

Team structure

We enjoy excellent working conditions within a diverse, forward-thinking, friendly team which offers flexibility on work location, balanced with the needs of the wider team and candidate’s own development. We pride ourselves on giving high quality legal advice and in order to do this we need lawyers with excellent legal knowledge. We are therefore committed to the development and training of our lawyers and offer the opportunity for lawyers to develop their legal skills through internal and external training.

The commercial & technology team comprises 1 partner, 2 senior associates, 1 solicitor, 1 paralegal and a trainee.  

The senior lawyers’ combined experience includes digital, media, technology, retail, automotive, engineering and telecoms, including ‘front line’ experience in-house and in industry. They service a diverse stable of domestic and international clients.

The commercial & technology team works closely with the corporate team to create synergies and support best client service but each has its own distinct practice

There is a combined team of 16 across corporate and commercial:

  • 3 x Partners  
  • 4 x Senior Associate Solicitors
  • 4 x Solicitors 
  • 3 x Paralegal / Secretary
  • 2 x Trainee Solicitor

Other information

Boyes Turner’s Employment team is ranked in Tier 1 by Legal 500.  Its partners are recognized as experts in their field. The Group is innovative and seeking to find ways of developing its offering and services to clients harnessing all modern technologies.

Boyes Turner is a well-known, successful and respected Commercial law firm named in both Legal 500 and Chambers guides. Excellent working conditions and a modern, forward thinking, friendly team.

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We have been voted as the leading UK regional law firm to work for in the South East by the Best Company Survey published by the Sunday Times in 2006 and best law firm to work for in the South East for three years in a row.

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