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Job Title Corporate Solicitor/Associate
Closing Date 24-Jun-2021
Position Full Time - Permanent
Business Entity Gateley Legal
Department Corporate
Location Birmingham
Job Type Experienced Hire

Gateley is a legal and professional services group, with over 580 professional advisers. We support more than 5,700 active clients, ranging from FTSE 100 companies to private individuals, in the UK and beyond. We proudly won 'UK Law Firm of the Year' at The British Legal Awards 2019.

We are forward thinking and straight talking, our approach is to find solutions to the problems that our clients face.

The Team

With a team of 70 corporate lawyers nationally, we advise clients on all types of corporate activity across the UK.

Our Corporate team has been recognised nationally including:

  • 'Corporate Law Firm of the Year' winner at both the 2018 and 2019 Midlands Dealmakers Awards.
  • 'Corporate Law Firm of the Year' winner at the 2019 East Midlands Dealmakers Awards
  • Commended for 'Company & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions (Business Law)' in The Times' 200 Best Law Firms 2019.
  • 'Young Dealmaker of the Year' winner at the 2019 Thames Valley Business Awards
  • 'Private Equity Law Firm of the Year' finalist at the 2019 Private Equity Awards

Corporate deal making has been a core part of our business for over thirty years and we're proud to say that we complete more corporate deals than any other legal adviser. And it's not just us saying that.

Each year Experian MarketIQ conduct annual research into the UK corporate deal market looking at mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions announced between 1 January and 31 December. Experian MarketIQ confirmed Gateley as being the most active corporate legal adviser across the UK for 2019 deals completed in the results published at end of Q3 2019.

Clients come back to us, and other advisers continue to recommend us, because we have the requisite technical knowledge, capacity and know-how to proactively drive the transaction process and to facilitate deal completions that consistently meet or exceed our clients' expectations.

With a client-centric ethos, long-term team stability and the significant experience of our deal leaders, we are known and valued for our dynamism, entrepreneurial spirit and practical approach. The structure of our highly accomplished national team enables us to offer a partner lead approach on every transaction. We consistently act as trusted advisers for clients in sectors as diverse as manufacturing and retail, recruitment and education.

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Solicitor/Associate to join our busy corporate team based in the Midlands at either our Birmingham or Nottingham offices. This role would ideally suit a corporate solicitor with between 3-5 post qualification experience and will be capable of working alongside our diverse corporate partners on a broad range of matters including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and equity capital markets transactions.

The successful candidate will be keen to develop their skills in this area within a leading national team, interacting effectively with colleagues and clients at every level and actively engaging in business development. The successful candidate will be able to take full advantage of the on-going comprehensive training available.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Due to the nature of the work candidates who have upwards of 3 years PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and experience to undertake this role.
  • Excellent commercial acumen.
  • The ability to take on responsibility and liaise with clients.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • An ability and willingness to learn and eagerness to take early responsibility.
  • Strong attention to detail and organisational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills.

Diversity, inclusion and well being

Diversity, inclusion and well-being is an important part of Gateley's culture and values.

We recruit talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, providing equal opportunities for all to join our team regardless of age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, or culture.

We create an exciting and rewarding place to work that aims to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals. We offer flexible working patterns to help our staff achieve a good work/ life balance and we encourage candidates seeking flexibility in their next role to apply for any of our vacancies.

We are proud to have been recognised by The Law Society as gold standard for our Diversity and Inclusion Charter and to be Stonewall Diversity Champions.

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