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Restructuring and Insolvency Solicitor (0 – 2 years PQE)


Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth or Southampton

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Following significant successes and growth in our highly regarded, leading Restructuring and Insolvency practice in recent years, we are now seeking to recruit an ambitious Solicitor to join our growing team. Based from our Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth or Southampton office in combination with home-based working, this is a fantastic opportunity to work directly with our Restructuring and Insolvency team to develop your experience and further your career in an ambitious, collaborative, and supportive setting. Take a look at the team page on our website here to find out more. You will be joining us at an exciting time – as we plan our ambitious strategy for growth over the next five years.

What you'll do

Our Restructuring and Insolvency team support clients through all stages of the demise curve.  We work with a range of clients from Financial Institutions to Retailers, Insolvency Practitioners to Turnaround Directors, many of which are household names.  In this role. you will support the whole team, gaining hands on experience throughout.  This will be an excellent opportunity to join a specialist team, learning from individuals who are experts in their field.  You will be involved in a variety of work from distressed corporate restructurings, insolvency procedures – including administration, company voluntary arrangements, bankruptcy and liquidation, through to supporting the team with Board advisory work.  We'll focus on your client relationship building skills from the outset, ensuring you have plenty of opportunity to spend time getting to know our clients. Our client relationships are incredibly important to us, and you will be encouraged to develop strong and lasting professional relationships with new and existing 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. This will include attending events, engaging in knowledge sharing forums or showing your enthusiasm for your practice area through the development of thought leadership via social media and our RIT lunch and learn sessions for clients. We're passionate about partnering with clients to really understand what they want to achieve and how we can support them in this so that we build long lasting and rewarding relationships with them.

Further to this, you will be involved in: 

  • Preparing appointment papers & managing the appointment of insolvency practitioners.
  • Drafting & negotiating a range of contracts, carrying out security reviews and assisting with solvent reorganisations including members' voluntary liquidation and the voluntary strike off process.
  • Assisting our distressed equity clients with investments into businesses by way of loan or equity including lending documentation, security, deeds of priority and ancillary documentation such as board minutes and shareholder approvals.
  • Supporting on the specialist insolvency regime for Investment Banks.
  • Completing complex research, both relating to insolvency legislation and regulatory matters.
  • Taking an active role in supporting our clients with complex strategic and commercial issues.
  • Supporting transactions and taking on a project manager role, to ensure collaboration within the team, and more widely across the firm e.g. Employment/ Commercial/Property.
  • Designing and delivering training to our clients and our internal teams.
  • Engaging with clients both on the job and more widely building networks and relationships.

What we're looking for

You will have already gained some experience of working in Restructuring and Insolvency, or within a corporate or finance role/environment, and be seeking to expand your skills and knowledge whilst being supported by an experienced team. You might have just qualified and possess a keen interest in this area of practice, or have up to 2 years PQE already.  You will be keen to gain more experience of building and developing client relationships as you progress, and 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 progress your career within a team with a proven track record of developing 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.  Being a team player is essential as we are proud of our highly collaborative environment.  With a growing, well-structured, and close-knit team we enjoy working together at all stages with an environment where all questions and ideas are encouraged.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a standard DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team. Contact us at [email protected] and we will come back to you as soon as we can.

What our colleagues say… 

''Being a part of the Restructuring & Insolvency Team not only provides the opportunity to build your career in an innovative and supportive environment working alongside industry leaders at the forefront of developments in this practice area but also the opportunity to be part of a team which truly collaborates and is passionate about the development of its members.” Lydia Lloyd, Senior Associate, Restructuring and Insolvency Team.

Our offer to you

Here at Foot Anstey, 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, 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.

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 seven locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton, and London.

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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