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Senior Commercial Lawyer - flexible working
An opportunity to work flexibly in a growing and ambitious firm
Developing the firm's commercial offering and existing client base
About Our Client
A Nottinghamshire law firm with a different approach to the world of private practice.
So you are probably a frustrated private practice lawyer who is keen to do something different. You're not quite sure what 'different' looks like but it's likely that you've concluded this can only be achieved by a move in-house. You're keen to get away from the world of chargeable hours, internal politics and too much emphasis on things other than actually practising the law.
It's true that a move in-house can offer a commercial lawyer something different. You'll certainly be closer to the client and commercial rationale behind decisions. But these opportunities are fairly hard to come by and, when they do, competition can be fierce.
We are working with a Nottinghamshire law firm who firmly believe they can offer a disgruntled Commercial Lawyer something different. Most of the firm have come from a larger firm background and they've sought to set up a firm that takes all the best bits of working at a larger firm but without some of the frustrating elements. Their clients like this approach too and the firm is going from strength to strength.
The firm has a focus on transactional work and have been very successful winning work from SME clients and attracting lawyers from larger firms in the market. As a result of this success and as part of their long-term growth strategy, they've made the decision to look at bringing in somebody to develop their Commercial offering. There is existing work and a lot more to tap into with the right person tap into.
They're looking for a Commercial Lawyer who wants to do something different but perhaps can't quite put their finger on what that is. They're keen to meet with this type of person and have an initial conversation to see if there are synergies on both sides.
What they can offer you:
- Genuine flexibility - the firm doesn't frown upon remote working and a lot of their staff work this way. They also have part-time members of staff and this works well.
- A move away from a focus on chargeable hours targets and targets in general.
- The chance to work within a smaller firm and a friendly environment - without compromising on the quality of work and clients. The team come from a national firm background and their client base reflects this.
- Progression - they are looking for Partners of the future and are happy to set out what somebody would need to achieve to hit this. There won't be any jargon or the false promises that you might see at bigger firms.
- The opportunity to grow your own team and offering - this is a crucial hire for the firm and they see Commercial being at the forefront of their business. This will be your team to grow in the direction you want it to. There's an existing client base for you to build upon.
- Working in a team that does things different and approaches problems in a common sense way. Their clients have really bought into this approach.
- In summary, something different - albeit not an in-house move but not a sideways move to a similar firm with a similar approach
The Successful Applicant
It's likely that you're a frustrated practice lawyer who has a solid background in Commercial Contracts. You'll probably have at least 5 years' experience but the firm will consider lawyers at all levels.
Equally you could be an in-house lawyer who misses some aspects of the world of private practice but wants to avoid that bits that you didn't like - and you're not sure if there's a firm that can genuinely achieve this.
Unlike a lot of roles, the firm isn't demanding that you come with your own set of clients but they'll expect you to have some warm relationships and have an appetite to get involved in business development as part of growing the Commercial offering.
What's on Offer
Competitive and flexibility if required.