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Commercial Solicitor (NQ)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for a Commercial Solicitor to join our team in Bristol.

This is a broad role as the firm boasts a wide range of clients, focusing particularly on education, public and charities sectors. The firm also has a growing number of national and international private sector commercial clients.

Role Responsibility

The main objective for this role is to to work with colleagues to help clients succeed in realising their business or personal objectives, through the efficient delivery of appropriate legal advice and assistance.

Your main responsibilities would be as follows:

Legal advice and action

  • Take and record clear instructions
  • Investigate evidence
  • Research matters of fact and law
  • Provide concise analysis of research applied to facts
  • Provide concise letters and reports for clients, written in plain language
  • Undertake negotiation and/or advocacy when appropriate
  • Draft concise documents in plain language

Leadership

  • Demonstrate awareness through action of the Firm's core values
  • Develop personal profile and recognition throughout the firm

Business development

  • Contribute to appropriate business development activities of the Department and the firm
  • Wherever the opportunity arises, promote the services of teams from across the firm to the client for whom you are acting
  • Introduce new clients to the firm
  • Achieve agreed business development targets (if any)
  • Identify and attend appropriate networking opportunities

Collaboration/People processes

  • Play an active role within the department
  • Supervise as 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

Knowledge Management

  • Participate in VWV's knowledge networks and systems to share ideas, know-how, expertise, documents and precedents

Financial Management Under the supervision of a Partner:

  • Provide accurate cost estimates for clients
  • Update clients at regular intervals (at least 6 monthly)
  • 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
  • Ensure any changes relating to the file are notified to the lawyer in charge of the file.

Fee earning

  •  Achieve targets as set out in business plan and/or budget

Quality standards

  • 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
  • Attend appropriate departmental training sessions
  • Attend appropriate internal courses (for example management and IT skills)
  • Provide informal & formal training as appropriate (e.g. mentoring & internal team presentations)  

The Ideal Candidate

You will support our busy commercial contracts and public procurement teams. You will have experience in general commercial contracts, and also will have an interest in public procurement law, preferably with experience of advising clients on some or all of the following: procurement processes, dealing with tendering issues, assisting with procurement challenges.

As important is a willingness to learn and flexibility to support teams at an exciting time in the firm's vision for the future. In return, we can offer you an an excellent opportunity with quality work, and prospects for the future.

You will have the ability to:

  • Advocate and present orally when required
  • Conduct effective case and transaction management
  • Develop strong client relationships
  • Communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients
  • Draft documents that are clear and concise
  • 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 
  • Confidence use of office IT applications; good typing skills.

About VWV

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.

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.

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.

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