Associate/Senior Associate

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

BDB Pitmans was established in 2018 following a merger between legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Pitmans Law, bringing together over 300 years of legal expertise across 4 locations – Cambridge, London, Reading and Southampton.

Working at BDB Pitmans brings all the benefits of a top 60 firm including interesting work, varied clients and support for professional development. While our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we recognise that life outside of work is important too and our approach to flexible working and target hours for fee earners reflect this. What really sets us apart is our friendly, open and inclusive culture. People join and stay at BDB Pitmans as they get the benefits of challenging work in a supportive and professional atmosphere.

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