Junior Lawyer - IP/IT Solicitor
About the team
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 and Commercial team provides a comprehensive range of legal services in the areas of intellectual property, 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, supply chain, risk and business strategy consultants from PwC. Many of our projects involve to cross-border business transformations (helping clients to change their operating model) or restructuring complex IP portfolios and often challenge us to go beyond the traditional confines of legal advice.
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.
Following a recent restructuring of our team, the successful candidate will be part of a small team dedicated to IP and commercial work. Our aim is to work closely with our tax and business model colleagues to develop further our niche expertise in advising clients on IP and intra-group relationships, as well as undertaking more traditional IP and commercial advice. No knowledge of tax law or business models is required: our expertise is in IP and commercial law, with the tax and business model specialism provided by our non-legal colleagues.
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.
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 agreements;
Complex contract analysis;
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 London office.
Essential skills and experience
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