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Our Corporate team has enjoyed significant growth and success in recent years and we expect for this to continue for the foreseeable future. In order to keep up with client demand and further build our client base, we are looking for a Senior Corporate Lawyer to join the team in Southampton, with a blend of home and office working available based around client need.  Our opportunity is the ideal platform for someone who has already developed effective relationships with accountants and referral networks in the region working predominantly with entrepreneurial private companies as this will be the main focus of the role, whilst also supporting the wider Corporate team. 

What you'll do  
As a key senior hire into our busy Southampton office, you will be central to the continued success of the Corporate team, managing your own caseload and driving business development initiatives. You are already strongly connected with key referrers and networks in the South Coast region, with a profile which reflects your work with entrepreneurial private businesses. Day to day, you will take a solutions led approach, listening to the clients' challenges and understanding their businesses in order to provide tailored advice and bespoke, premium solutions. You will be involved in a wide range of work, including M&A, disposals, MBOs, JVs and investment agreements. Benefiting from the support of a highly regarded and collegiate team, you will be involved in the recruitment, development and supervision of junior team members over time, and have considerable opportunity to shape your practice with a focus on the region. 

What we're looking for
With at least 8 years PQE, you are already a high performing Corporate Lawyer. You will be wholly committed to delivering an exceptional client experience in every interaction, and take pride in understanding your client's needs, challenges and expectations. In doing this, you consistently deliver timely and appropriate, personalised advice and support in order to meet their needs, forging strong ongoing relationships in the process. You are accustomed to working with independence and are also be proactive in seeking support from colleagues when needed, as teamwork is important to us with geography being no barrier to our team integration and work sharing. You will have access to a large number of paralegals, and junior lawyers to senior associates to enable you to focus on the key areas of transactions and business development. You will be ambitious to take the new step in your career in a buoyant and thriving Corporate team where you can further strengthen your profile, working with high quality clients on a wide variety of deals. 

In terms of career progression, ours is a genuinely exciting and different proposition, as you will have real and supported scope to fast track your career within a team with a proven track record of developing and progressing its lawyers. We pride ourselves on our openness and transparency when it comes to promotions, so please ask us about our career framework for lawyers, and our Business Skills Academy to find out more about how this works in practice. With no glass ceilings, your career progression is entirely based on merit and under your own control. Furthermore, given we operate a national service line approach, the quality of work shared with you is in no way impacted by your location. If you are the best person for the client, you will work with them.

As you would expect, this is a challenging and demanding role with the necessity to work to tight deadlines and proactively support highly valued clients. Equally, we encourage all our people to embrace a balance between their work and home lives, which is underpinned by our impressive range of benefits including our weekly Lifestyle Hour amongst other things. 

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, 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 these 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 six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, 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 eight locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as a 'hub' base in Oxford.

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 in 2021.  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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