Junior Lawyer (IP Solicitor)
Who we are looking for
We are a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) international network of firms. Legal Services is a thriving business consisting of 42 Partners and Directors and a 350 strong team. As well as project-based, specialist legal advice, we offer our clients ongoing general counsel support. We are part of the largest global network of lawyers and have access to legal expertise in over 86 countries.
Our IP, IT and Commercial group provides a comprehensive range of legal services in the areas of intellectual property, IT and contracts and commercial law. Our clients include major multi-nationals, mid-tier businesses and start-ups, in all industry sectors. Our work is predominantly non-contentious although we do undertake some contentious work.
As well as providing traditional advisory services in these areas, we work on many exciting and unusual projects as an integral part of multi-disciplinary teams involving tax, technology, sourcing and supply chain, risk and business strategy consultants from PwC. These projects range from risk audits to cross-border business transformations or restructuring complex IP portfolios and often challenge us to go beyond the traditional confines of legal advice.
We are looking for a qualified lawyer with experience in IP and a desire to work across IP and general commercial, and potentially IT, projects.
About the role
Like the rest of our team, we expect the person in this role will enjoy an interesting and challenging workload. We work on a wide range of projects across the specialisms covered by our group; most of our projects involve understanding and applying technical areas of law in detail. A large proportion of our work is alongside non-lawyers in PwC. Not only does this give us access to projects that other law firms don't see, but it has helped our lawyers to develop a deeper understanding of business issues and the commercial context for our advice. Unquestionably, PwC is one of the best known businesses in the world; the PwC brand attracts top tier businesses and many of our clients are household names.
Our team has grown rapidly in the last couple of years: the successful candidate will be one of around 30 qualified lawyers (covering the range of work described above). However, this is a particularly exciting time for us, with the addition of a “new law” practice, focussing on managed legal services and legal function effectiveness.
The majority of our team is based in London but we are continuing to grow our presence in our UK regional offices. As such, you will be working with our lawyers across the UK and will be expected to travel between the offices where necessary. This role will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to grow our legal practice and you will play a central role in developing our business in the Midlands.
Each member of the team is encouraged to develop relationships with clients and with the professionals in PwC with whom we work on a daily basis. Every member of staff also has a people manager appointed for them, usually from outside their immediate team, whose job it is to coach and mentor them, as well as review their performance.
Specifically, the role is likely to include:
Advice on complex IP issues;
Drafting IP-related agreements;
Drafting commercial, and possibly IT, agreements;
Some corporate support/due diligence work;
Business Development, including over time building a network of referrers within PwC as well as developing direct client relationships.
The role is based in our Birmingham office.
RequirementsThe following skills are required for this role:
Qualified solicitor in England & Wales or equivalent common law jurisdiction
Excellent academic background
IP law experience
Strong contract drafting and analytical skills
Around 1 to 3 years’ PQE
An interest in working in a variety of areas
General commercial law experience
Business Development experience
Experience of working with consultants