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Commercial Associate (3 years + PQE)


Bristol or Exeter

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What you'll do

We are currently seeking to recruit a motivated and experienced Commercial Associate (3 years +  PQE) to join our growing and ambitious team. Based from Bristol or Exeter with a blend of home and office working available to you, this is an excellent opportunity to work directly with Partner Alexandra Hammond and the team on a variety of general commercial matters. You'll be working with existing and new clients, including household names and highly successful regional and national businesses, with a focus on the retail and consumer sector. Day to day, you will also have the opportunity to supervise and support junior lawyers and a trainee, advising clients on their strategies and documentation regarding supply chains, online trading, consumer relations and brand protection, as well as supporting clients with contracts which govern their operational infrastructure. In addition, you will be working collaboratively with our highly regarded Corporate team to provide your expertise and support where needed to undertake due diligence in M&A transactions.

In this role, you'll be responsible for providing support to General Counsels and their teams, taking the opportunity to work alongside our clients' inhouse legal functions and deliver advice directly to the business stakeholders, essentially acting as an extension of their team on a daily basis. We're excited to be able to offer secondment opportunities at all levels within the Commercial Team, something which we feel genuinely enhances our relationships with clients, our understanding of their business and the key issues affecting them. Our Associates are encouraged to develop their experience of working directly with clients, taking on responsibilities for driving client relationships forward to build strong professional connections with our commercial clients, and gain the insights and expertise needed to offer hands on, practical advice to them on an ongoing basis.

If you're enthusiastic about business development – both for the team and the firm more widely – we will actively support and encourage you to engage in profile building and networking activities from the outset. As you can tell, we're passionate about partnering with clients to really understand what they want to achieve, and how we can support them in this, in order to build long lasting and rewarding relationships with them.

In return for your commitment and motivation, we will offer you excellent career development opportunities, along with a combination of structured and flexible learning and development options to suit you as you progress. Through access to our Business Skills Academy, you'll benefit from all the support you need to develop your confidence, networking and client facing skills, whilst continuing to develop your technical skills too. 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

As an experienced Commercial Lawyer, you will be seeking to further enhance your skills and knowledge whilst working with high quality clients in a supportive team. You will have already gained exposure to a wide variety of commercial matters, working independently with clients of differing size and profile, and you can demonstrate your positive and pragmatic approach to finding the right solutions in order to meet their business needs. We will expect you to engage and support junior lawyers and trainees in your work, delegating and supervising tasks to ensure that work is done at the right level whilst allowing you to focus on more complex matters. Teamwork is important to you and to us, and you know how to get the best from the people around you whilst maintaining high standards. You will be a strong communicator with good rapport building skills and the resilience to work under pressure by organising yourself effectively to meet deadlines as needed.

You may already be an Associate seeking to work with high quality clients with more exposure to complex work in order to broaden your skills or may have a background of working in an inhouse legal team. Previous experience of a secondment may be advantageous but is not essential. More important to us is your personal motivation to continue developing your skills with clients, seeking to understand the commercial context of their business and gaining confidence in order to provide relevant advice at the right moment. With your ability to forge lasting relationships with clients, you will be keen to create opportunities to further enhance your profile and that of the firm by engaging with a variety of business development opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]


Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, we believe 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 the right solutions at the right time. We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions, and we think how we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients:

  • collaboration over convention
  • championing aspiration
  • being refreshingly human
  • embracing entrepreneurial spirit
  • delivering integrated thinking

We're proud to have grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Retail & Consumer, Financial Services, Energy & Infrastructure, Media & Entertainment, Developers and Private Wealth. 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 seven bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

At Foot Anstey our people, like our values, are at the very heart of our business. We work hard to help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. Wellbeing matters to us and our people enjoy a range of benefits which we think are a bit special, such as the weekly Lifestyle Hour to use as you wish, and our Family Hour option which makes a day of annual leave go so much further across the year.

Being forward thinking, we are continually offering opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy. We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment where everyone can feel valued and rewarded. Understanding that being flexible makes us stronger, we actively encourage a variety of working patterns for most of our vacancies, dependent upon the needs of the team, and over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern.

Throughout the pandemic, most of our people have been working on a flexible, remote basis, and as we work towards a 'new normal' we anticipate a gradual return to our offices over the upcoming months in line with Government guidance.


The recruitment process

Your time is precious and we fully appreciate what goes into applying for one of our roles. As such, we strive to acknowledge your application immediately and respond within 7 days regardless of outcome. We review applications on a rolling basis and don’t use closing dates for our roles as a result of this. Once shortlisted, we typically undertake a two-stage interview process, and naturally much of this is done via Microsoft Teams, though some in person interviews and meetings are beginning to take place. Our Recruitment Team will support and guide you throughout the process, ensuring you receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is central to our business, and essential to delivering our strategy, so we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021. It is right at the heart of our priorities. This goes 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 are committed to ‘powering your ambition’, which defines and sets us apart as a firm. It means that 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 are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.


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