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Banking & Finance Solicitor/Associate

Banking & Finance

Bristol or Southampton

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Following significant successes and growth in our corporate and banking teams in recent years, we are now seeking to recruit an ambitious Solicitor or Associate to join our growing Banking & Finance team.

With a range of offices available for you to work from in combination with home-based working, this is a fantastic opportunity to work in our Banking & Finance team to develop your experience, and further your career in an ambitious, collaborative and supportive setting.

What you’ll do

You will work on both borrower and lender side transactions, working with the team from the beginning (including structuring and quoting) through to the completion of a deal. You’ll benefit from exposure to a wide range of work, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, clearing bank panel transactions, supporting our corporate team with MBOs and private equity transactions and supporting our R&I team on restructurings – a wide variety of interesting deals. You will have excellent opportunities for client contact, good quality work, and the opportunity to develop more junior lawyers and trainees in your work.

You will be central to the continued success of the team, developing your own client relationships and driving business development initiatives. You will take a solutions-led approach, listening to the client’s challenges and providing a bespoke, premium solution. You’ll benefit from all the support you need to develop your networking and client-facing skills, whilst continuing to develop your technical skills too.

You will have already gained some experience of working on a range of corporate banking transactions, and be seeking to expand your skills and knowledge, whilst being supported by an experienced team. We are keen to enable you to take on responsibility for dealing with high quality, high value work and will be afforded high levels of responsibility from the outset. By working together, we’ll ensure you have the right environment to flourish, in order to achieve your longer-term career ambitions.

What we’re looking for

An ambitious and capable Solicitor or Associate with experience within a Banking & Finance practice, you’ll be accustomed to working under pressure to meet challenging deadlines. With good general banking experience, you will be highly motivated and solution-focussed in order to deliver the best service to your clients.

Being a team player is essential – we have a very collaborative environment, with a growing, well-structured, close-knit team (including a paralegal and two trainees) and we enjoy working together at all stages with an environment in which all questions and ideas are encouraged.

You will be keen to take on responsibilities for driving client relationships forward to build strong professional connections with our clients, and gain the insights and expertise needed to offer hands on, practical advice to them on an ongoing basis; we will provide you with every opportunity to do this within a supportive team environment. In return for your commitment and focus, we will provide you with the genuine scope to fast track your career within a team with a proven track record of developing and progressing its lawyers. We are proud to say that we do not operate glass ceilings, so your career progression will be entirely based on merit and under your control. Even better, the quality of work you will have access to is not connected to your location, so if you are the best person for the client, then you will work with them.

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal, as well as professional, development. We encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with 28 days’ annual leave (plus a day in your birthday month), private medical insurance (eligibility applies) and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. You can also buy holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

For further details of our benefits packages, please visit the link attached – Our benefits | Foot Anstey

Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, or anything else, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients’ goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of this we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we’ve grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across seven key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers, Private Wealth and Charities. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients’ needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from nine locations: Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Taunton and London, as well as a ‘hub’ bases in Oxford and Manchester.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time. We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us. As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role, you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

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