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Job Title Commercial Associate/Senior Associate
Closing Date 16-Jun-2023
Department Commercial
Job Location London
Role Lawyers

"They have in-depth knowledge and offer commercially aware advice."- Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate/Senior Associate to join our highly regarded Commercial team in London, particularly focusing on the areas of IT, IP, outsourcing and data protection. This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful and growing team, and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive and collegiate environment.

The practice

Our Commercial group provides leading-edge business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinationals and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity. Our London team has a strong reputation with large global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice.

We act for clients on commercial contracts issues across a range of sectors, including;

  • TMT: We have a market-leading reputation in the telecoms, technology and media and entertainment fields, and are regularly involved in cutting-edge matters.
  • Financial Services: we have a very strong financial service oriented commercial practice, which is particularly active in relation to technology and outsourcing matters, often for FinTechs, challenger banks and other new market entrants.
  • Life sciences and healthcare: We advise a number of leading life sciences, biotech and healthcare companies on contractual agreements relating to licensing, strategic partnering, co-operative research and development, and drug supply, as well a public/private agreements and major outsourcings.
  • Retail: We handle a range of commercial and technology agreements for household name clients, such as Superdry, Hunter Boot, Ralph Lauren, Foot Locker and Mulberry. The lockdown challenges of 2020 saw significant activity in this space as retailers looked to bolster their online retail presence through developing and implementing enhanced technology solutions, and we were heavily involved in the contracts that enabled this.

To find out more about the practice, please see the link below:

The team

"As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" - Chambers & Partners

Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of over 70 lawyers in total. The London team is made up of 9 Partners, 1 Legal Director, 11 Associate Directors, 5 Senior Associates, 10 Associates, 5 Trainee Solicitors, 1 Legal Manager and 1 Paralegal. The London team is led by commercial partner, John Buyers.

Technical skills and experience

You will have knowledge and experience across Commercial matters which will have been gained at a firm recognised for its commercial law practice.

Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for an Associate/Senior Associate, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Rachael Hardwick in the Recruitment team on 0117 917 4228 or

At Osborne Clarke we value difference and encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual or romantic orientations. We want everyone to feel that OC is a place where you can be yourself and where you belong, and our range of interest groups and diversity networks - not to mention our great teams - are a part of making that a reality.

We support working families via a range of family and caring friendly policies and will accommodate flexible working where we can. We value the health and wellbeing of our people: for example, we're signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, have an active network of mental health champions and offer free initiatives and flexible benefits to all our people.

Being an inclusive employer is important to us. We have made a number of external commitments such as the Race Fairness Commitment and Women in Law Pledge, and are working with organisations like Stonewall to become a more inclusive employer.

Osborne Clarke is a Living Wage Employer, so we're committed to paying everybody in our business enough to live on and to enable them to save for the future.

We want you to be able to show us your best during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to be made during the application, interview process or when working with us, please let us know.