Commercial Associate or Senior Associate
We are looking for a Commercial Associate or Senior Associate to join our growing team in our Birmingham office. The role is a mix of IP, commercial contracts and IT focussing mainly on non-contentious work.
If this opportunity sounds of interest, please contact Emma to arrange a confidential discussion (firstname.lastname@example.org / 0117 314 5419).
Your main responsibilities would be as follows:
Legal advice and action
Provide concise letters and reports for clients, written in plain language
Draft concise documents in plain language
Demonstrate awareness through action of the firm's core values
Develop personal profile and recognition throughout the firm
Contribute to the business development activities of the team and the firm
Wherever the opportunity arises, promote the services of teams from across the firm to theclient for whom you are acting
Introduce new clients to the firm
Achieve agreed business development targets
Identify and attend appropriate networking opportunities
Play an active role within the current team
Supervise where required and take responsibility for performance management for those whom you supervise
Involve the secretaries and other support staff in an effective way
Take responsibility for delegated work, ask for guidance in respect of matters which are unclear and report errors which need to be resolved
Prepare and conduct Performance Development Reviews and where appropriate take responsibility for the development of staff under your supervision
Conduct recruitment interviews (where necessary) for secretarial/assistant support
Participate in the firm's knowledge networks and systems to share ideas, know-how, expertise, documents and precedents
Financial management (Under the supervision of a Partner):
Provide appropriate pricing options for clients
Discuss each price and scope with another lawyer (who must be a pricing champion where the price exceeds £2,500)
Where a client chooses to proceed on the basis of hourly rates, ask the client how often it wishes to be updated on fees
Inform clients immediately if the scope of a matter changes, and explain the impact on price.
Bill clients accurately and at agreed times
Achieve agreed targets, including hours and billing
Comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules
Deal promptly with any working capital exercises
Demonstrate compliance with the firm's quality standards and procedures
Learning and development
Attend the Management Course Stage 1 within the first three years of qualification
Comply with CPD requirements and identify specific training needs
View appropriate training webinars.
Attend appropriate internal courses (for example management and IT skills)
Provide informal and formal training as appropriate (e.g. induction, mentoring and internal team presentations)
The Ideal Candidate
You will be an admitted solicitor with current Practising Certificate and a developing expertise in a specialist area of law. You Must demonstrate an ability to work to the SRA Skills Standards and to provide accurate, focussed advice to clients. Experience in the pharmaceutical sector is desired but not essential.
The ability to:
conduct effective case and transaction management
develop strong client relationships
communicate effectively and confidently both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients
excellent drafting skills
interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action
research the relevant legal issues applicable to a case
conduct negotiations where appropriate
VWV is a full service law firm ranked as a leader in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Our firm-wide core values of teamwork and collaboration, putting the client at the centre of the firm and taking a commercial approach ensure a dedicated and expert service to all of our clients. Our high standards have been recognised by the Law Society through Lexcel and their Conveyancing Quality schemes. Click the link to see the video for what our people have to say about us.
We have been accredited by Investors in People as a firm who are passionate about developing our employees. We have a clear strategic plan in place with our core purpose and our focus is our clients, commerciality and delivering through effective teamwork.
With over 430 members of staff across four offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, we are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of our employees at all levels. We have the reputation of being a friendly firm with approachable staff in all areas of the business. 96% of our clients say they would recommend us which, we believe, is a strong indicator of our culture.
We understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. That's why we place emphasis on healthy living, offering all of our employees private healthcare, and a range of other benefits including up to 28 days holidays plus bank holidays, bonus schemes and generous pension contributions.
We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity, we're striving to create an environment where everyone, regardless of background, can reach their full potential.
You will find a wide range of activities at VWV, from lunchtime yoga classes, to theatre trips, running clubs and sports matches.
If you need to adjust your work pattern to ensure that you are striking the right balance between home and work life, we will do everything that we can to enable you to fulfil this.
Please note that we review applications on a rolling basis and therefore we may close the vacancy before the closing date.
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