Associate/Senior Associate

PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Commercial
Location: Thames Valley
The firm

We became BDB Pitmans in 2018 following the merger of legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Pitmans Law.  Based at offices in London, Cambridge, Reading and Southampton we approach every case with the bigger picture in mind. Above all, our focus is on doing things right. And doing them well. So we build longstanding and mutually beneficial client relationships based on trust and genuine partnership.

BDB Pitmans is a place where people feel free to be themselves. Regardless of their position, we treat everyone fairly – encouraging our teams to be confident and express opinions in an honest and trusting environment. We show care, respect and concern for each other and who we work with. Actively promoting a healthy work-life balance, and giving employees the necessary tools to help them achieve this.  In 2021 the firm, through the Best Companies to Work For accreditation, were recognised as one of the 20 Best Law Firms to work for in the UK and one of the 100 Best Companies to work for in the South East.

The team

Working on a variety of a general commercial law and IP-related agreements, the successful candidate will be involved in contracts and terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services, IT contracts and outsourcing, software licensing, online trading terms and conditions, consultancy agreements, intellectual property, data protection, privacy, distribution agreements, agency agreements and collaboration agreements.

The successful candidate will have access to quality legal work working in a strong team located over 4 offices (Reading, London, Southampton and Cambridge), helping to strengthen their existing area of expertise and diversify into new sectors or industries. We work with a variety of clients, from start-ups to advising well know names/brands across a wide range of industries.

The opportunity

The successful candidate will assist and work alongside more senior, experienced lawyers and will be expected to develop strong working relationships with clients.  Duties will include:

  • To assist with a range of cases handled by the Commercial Team. The caseload and required skills include:
    • Experience of commercial contract drafting and negotiation with ability to manage projects and relationships with clients, other third parties and external advisers.
    • Commercial – reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements and providing legal advice on business issues. Agreements include: supplier, distribution, IP, IT and technology, software licensing, system integration, website/app development, SaaS and other cloud related work.
    • Data Protection and privacy – drafting policies and procedures, providing adequate wording in contractual agreements, ability to advise clients on legal obligations and risks, managing and advising clients on bigger data protection projects.
    • Intellectual property – advising on and drafting agreements for the protection or exploitation of intellectual property rights, IP licensing contracts, advising on IP provisions in commercial agreements and R&D contracts.
    • Regulatory advice including e-commerce and consumer regulations (public procurement desirable).
    • To undertake business development.
Who we are looking for
  • Admission to the Solicitor Roll
  • 3+ years PQE of working in a commercial team
  • 2:1 degree or higher preferred
  • Familiarity with telecoms and technology sectors would be an advantage