Commercial 5+

Employer
Hays Legal
Location
England, Berkshire, Reading
Salary
Negotiable
Closing date
21 Oct 2020
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Commercial 5+

Your new company

An exciting opportunity has arisen within one of the largest law firms in the world who prefer to do things a little differently. They are by no means an average law firm and strive to uphold a positive and flexible ethos, ensuring they are a great place to work and develop your career.

Your new role

The Commercial team consists of 5 lawyers (part-time and full-time roles. We are looking to recruit a Commercial lawyer to support the team. The role will report to the Principal Lawyer within the Commercial team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing clear and concise legal advice and support to the client, having regard to the client's business objectives, and delivering practical, creative and commercial solutions and value within budget and time constraints, whilst ensuring that risks are understood and mitigated.
  • Taking instructions from the client and advising on the law and legal issues.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements and other legal documents tailored to the client's needs.
  • Ensuring, as far as possible, that the client's governance processes are observed as regards commercial matters with which the commercial solicitor deals.
  • Assisting with the resolution of disputes concerning commercial contracts.
  • Monitoring the suitability of the client's contract precedents, processes and procedures and amending them and providing training as necessary.
  • Identifying ways to add value and improve internal efficiencies, including process improvements.
  • Supervising and delegating work to paralegals and support staff as appropriate.
  • Liaising with professionals and other operatives in both the client's business and externally.
  • Keeping up to date with all relevant legal, legislative, regulatory and industry developments relevant to the legal specialism, informing and updating the team, and providing proactive updates to facilitate the client's operational activities.


What you'll need to succeed

  • Ability to work alone with confidence and self-discipline, taking ownership of tasks and able to demonstrate sound judgment and decision making skills.
  • Ability to learn a complicated and dynamic business, understand the client, its customers and the regulatory regime in which the business operates and to proactively advise on a combination of legal and business issues.


  • Qualified solicitor with at least 5 years' post qualification experience (PQE) in commercial law. The PQE indicated in this job description is intended as a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE.
  • Knowledge of the water industry would be useful but is not essential.
  • In-house experience useful (but not essential); we will consider candidates with experience working for public authorities (e.g. local councils) with demonstrable experience of public procurement.
  • Experience of drafting, reviewing and negotiating a broad range of legal documents.


What you'll get in return

A supportive and collaborative team. Competitive salary and package working for a world leading firm. Flexible working options available.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

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Hays Legal provides an integrated recruitment solution to the UK's Legal and Company Secretarial sectors. Working across a nationwide network of offices, we offer employers and jobseekers a highly specialised recruitment service for permanent and interim positions across all business sectors, skill sets and levels of seniority.

We have a proven track record spanning almost 20 years in all areas of Legal and Company Secretarial recruitment, from one-off contingency requirements through to large-scale recruitment campaigns and wider employee management solutions.

We offer confidential, expert advice on job opportunities, compensation, business plans and exit strategies pertinent to professionals considering a move. We have the ear of key decision makers across all our clients and we have been instrumental in introducing and placing hundreds of fee earners and company secretaries into a vast array of organisations. From blue chip corporates, national and international firms through to niche practices, we have deep knowledge of the legal company secretary market.

If an organisation has strategic growth plans or needs incisive market analysis, we are often consulted as a first point of contact.

Understanding your needs

Whether you are looking to progress your career as a lawyer, legal executive, paralegal or company secretary, Hays' unparalleled recruiting expertise will assist you realising your career potential by finding you the right role at the right time.

Our consultants have an expert knowledge of the legal jobs market within UK and internationally. We aim to work closely with you and build a thorough understanding of your goals and aspirations through discussions and meetings.

We will:
- work with you to refine your CV
- offer guidance on how to improve your prospects
- provide insight into the sulture and expectations of the organisation to ensure you are well prepared throughout the interview process
- guide you through any job offer discussions, acting as your representative to ensure your interests are looked after

To find out more about currently available jobs or for advice on your recruitment needs visit www.hays.co.uk/legal or contact your local Hays office.

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