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Senior Charities Lawyer

Legacy & Trust Litigation

Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Southampton, Oxford

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We are seeking an experienced Senior Charities Lawyer to join our dynamic and fast-growing Charities team, we're flexible as to where and how this role is fulfilled, with a blend of office and home working. The team works with an impressive list of high profile national charities and is ranked in Tier 1 for Charities (Legacies) UK-wide in Chambers. This is a superb opportunity to further your career in this specialist area, with a focus on delivering highly relevant and commercial advice to prestigious charity clients from the outset.

What you'll do

Our focus is on supporting our charity clients to optimise their income and achieve their goals. As an experienced Charity lawyer, you will readily understand the landscape within which the charities work, and the challenges they face. We have an established caseload, along with huge opportunity for you to strategically broaden and strengthen our relationships. You will be joining the cross discipline Charities team, which has evolved to meet the needs of our charity clients over time. The team provides a range of tailored advisory services including dispute resolution, employment, commercial contracts, data protection and IP, estate administration and legacy income management.

In this role, you will be working within an innovative environment where being proactive and forward thinking on behalf of our clients is actively promoted.  We use bespoke technology solutions and legal design to interact with our clients in order to deliver exceptional service. We encourage personal development through our Business Skills & Digital Skills Academy and other opportunities such as client secondments.

What we're looking for

As an experienced Senior Charity Lawyer, you will lead with technical know-how and readily demonstrate solid post qualification experience as a genuine specialist with charity clients, alongside running and developing your own caseload. In your given practice area, you will be confident to handle complex matters and manage your own caseload with independence and take pride in the high standards of your work. Collaboratively working with support from partners and senior lawyers. Organised and with sound commercial awareness, you ensure the right resources are in place for work to be done at the right level within the team, and in the best interests of your clients.

With your level of experience, you will be accustomed to supervising and/or supporting the development of junior fee earners in your current role and are positive and approachable in doing so. We consider ourselves to be a high performing, welcoming and inclusive team, and your first-class communication skills will enable you to become a key member, gaining the trust of a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

In this role, you will have exceptional opportunities to develop strong and lasting client relationships, and you will be personally motivated and enthusiastic about this prospect, with a view to building or extending your profile in this complex area of law. As part of an ambitious and enthusiastic cross discipline team, we will support you to engage in or lead a range of business development opportunities in order to continue developing your profile and progressing your career over time.

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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