Technology Lawyer - Perm - London or Birmingham
Who we are looking for
PwC is the No 1 professional services network in the world with more than 208,000 professionals operating in 157 countries. In the UK, PwC has 4 lines of service (Assurance, Consulting, Deals and Tax) and turnover of more than £3 billion. The UK Office of the General Counsel (OGC) has 30 lawyers and provides PwC with legal and commercial advice in 3 main areas: Litigation, Counselling/Contracting and Corporate Transactions.
The commercial and corporate teams work across the whole UK business dealing with contracts in all of our lines of services handling a wide range of challenging and significant contracts and alliances. Many of our contracts have an international aspect, and our expertise is also drawn upon by other firms within the PwC network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a multi-disciplinary team comprising 14 lawyers and 1 paralegal.
We are looking to expand our capabilities in the technology, digital and software sectors to deal with significant growth in our UK business in these areas. This is an area of major focus for PwC in the UK and globally, and a key part of PwC’s growth strategy.
The work is demanding, the deals are varied, and no day will be the same. You will be able to assimilate information quickly, get to the heart of a deal and advise the business on the legal, commercial and reputational issues that arise. You will work closely with our delivery teams, you will have direct access to our clients and their legal team and will act very much as the face of PwC in technology transactions and development. The existing team is highly valued by the business and we are very much seen as business enablers.
You will have at least 5+ years of experience in providing legal advice, either within an in-house environment or within law firms working with clients in the technology, digital and software sectors. You will also have an ability to work internationally and travel when necessary, will have excellent communication skills, the ability to build strong relationships and the capability to determine strategy and influence negotiations in an innovative business environment.
The role is based in Central London at our award winning Embankment Place offices.
About the role
PwC UK is the largest professional services firm in the UK and a member of the world's leading network. It is a dynamic and innovative organisation with a clear growth agenda. The need for an additional member of the legal team arises due the ever increasing needs of the business as a result of its strategy for technology growth and innovation in areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain applications, use of unmanned aircraft (drones), robotics, augmented reality, cyber security, and the “internet of things”.
The legal team is a highly experienced, well established and supportive group of professionals, who are highly regarded by and well networked to the business, who have strong relationships with a wide range of senior professionals in the organisation, including at Executive Board level.
The successful applicant will join our in house legal team's Commercial Contracting group, and will be part of our team advising on all technology related initiatives.
The role would be specifically to:
Advise on and negotiate a wide range of deals for the development, licensing and exploitation of software, including the creation of new software products for internal use by PwC and/or to license to clients.
Advise on software product development matters, such as the use of free and open source software, ‘white labelling’ third party products, and the use of SaaS and on-premise licensing models.
Advise on alliance agreements with PwC’s technology partners, including reseller, OEM and subcontracting arrangements.
Advise on the intellectual property and data protection aspects of any given deal.
Advise on complex technology transformation consulting engagements (e.g. SAP, Oracle, Microsoft etc), where PwC may be acting as prime contractor or subcontractor.
Advise on post-contract matters to protect PwC’s commercial and legal position.
Become a trusted adviser to business leaders and proactively lead the legal aspects of our technology strategy for the future.
Create new precedent agreements and guidance notes for use throughout PwC’s business.
Work in collaboration with the wider network on both internal and external technology initiatives
Advise on acquisitions, new business set ups, deal structures and joint ventures with a technology focus.
Consult with and work closely as part of the in-house legal team.
The successful candidate will have access to the broad range of training and developmental opportunities available to staff at PwC and will come in to a defined career structure. PwC actively encourages the development of its staff and on-going training and development is embedded within the day to day.
The role also provides the opportunity to be involved in and drive other commercial work and projects across the business.
Detailed knowledge of English Law, at least 5+ years PQE (or equivalent);
Worked in-house for a technology/software company, or if in a law firm you will have worked with clients in the technology, digital and software sectors;
Keen interest in new technology;
Proven track record in negotiating deals for IT consulting services projects, and the development, licensing and other forms of commercial exploitation of IP;
Working knowledge of data protection and the forthcoming challenges of GDPR will be an advantage;
Ability to handle complex negotiations using sound judgment to ensure that the firm’s best interests are served;
Ability to gain a full appreciation of the wider reputational, commercial and business aspects of each deal;
Ability to tailor advice to the specific needs of the business and apply common sense and practical solutions in a fast moving environment with new challenges arising every day;
Ability to adapt, to change and to be open minded and innovative in your thinking;
Strong drafting skills and the ability to flex communication style to suit a particular situation;
Sound judgment and well developed influencing skills, together with the confidence to work with senior management across the business;
An ability to build strong relationships and become a trusted advisor to the business;
Appetite to learn and develop.