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Senior Commercial Lawyer – Retail Sector focus


Bristol, Exeter or Southampton

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What you'll do
With an impressive client list spanning some of the leading UK and international retail, media and technology brands, we are now seeking to further invest in our Retail Sector development through the addition of a senior lawyer, to be based from Bristol, Southampton or Exeter with blended home/ office working. Working with Retail Sector lead Nathan Peacey as part of a motivated and supportive team, you will be instrumental in expanding our practice through leadership of successful tenders and securing new client instructions, whilst focussing on deepening established client relationships and opportunities for larger, more complex work. We are especially keen to enhance the team and offering to clients with senior expertise, which could include the procurement of complex technology, management of data, protection of intellectual property, payment mechanisms, distribution channels, franchising and logistics.

Working closely with the partners to build the profile of the Retail Sector, you will be directly involved in growing this practice area in line with the wider objectives and goals of the firm. In return for your efforts, we will support you to develop your professional skills and knowledge in order to progress your career and provide you with every opportunity to continue building your profile nationally. We are proud of our proven track record of developing and progressing our lawyers, in an environment where recognition and appreciation is shared with colleagues. Our lawyers understand that progression is open to them as and when they are ready, without the need for concern about 'glass ceilings'. Your career path will be entirely based on merit and under your control from the outset.

In terms of team context, our ambitious Commercial team provides commercial, IP, Data and Technology advice to a broad range of clients. It is complemented by Partners specialising in contentious IP, FS and commercial regulatory and Partners embedded in the Infrastructure and Energy team. Our excellent team credentials are backed up by strong national and regional legal directory rankings, and our collaborative “one team” culture and approach defines our commitment to agile working around the needs of our clients and our people. We are continually investing time and resources into technology to improve our business and the business of our clients.
With your experience, you will be accustomed to delegating work to, and supervising, junior lawyers and trainees to ensure that work is done at the right level and to allow you to focus on more complex matters. Naturally, you enjoy working as part of a team and are skilled in managing and supporting others in order to develop a high performing team environment.

About You
As an ambitious, client-centric advisor, you will be looking to join a firm of like-minded individuals who are motivated to grow a practice supporting consumer facing businesses meet the challenges of digital marketplaces. We genuinely feel enthused by the opportunities which new workstreams will bring, whilst delivering broader and more complex business solutions offering sustained growth within our existing client base. With your experience at a senior level, you will have begun to develop your own potentially extensive network of contacts, and consider yourself to be a positive, market facing and credible business advisor to clients in the Retail sector.

We would welcome the opportunity for an informal conversation, whether you are already a Commercial partner or are looking to progress your career. You may be able to point to a dedicated following, but it's more important to us that you are personally motivated, with energy, ideas and contacts which will influence how you will build on our differentiators and, with support, assist in the evolution and delivery of them. Being ambitious, energetic and motivated by working within an entrepreneurial and progressive environment, you will be ready to endorse a growth mindset and thrive in an environment which will encourage you to build you own platform as part of a professional, collaborative team. As part of our culture of sharing successes and achievements, you will be keen to engage and develop junior team members, enabling them to increase their confidence and client facing skills.

You will be experienced in managing and supervising junior lawyers and will know how to get the best from the people around you. You will be a strong communicator capable of building good rapport with clients and colleagues alike and will have the resilience to work under pressure by organising yourself effectively to meet deadlines as needed.

We're open minded when it comes to location, though it's important to us that you will be visible at one of our key offices for Commercial in Bristol, Southampton or Exeter as business, client or team needs dictate. Developing the talent of the future and promoting the cohesion, motivation and effectiveness of the team will be a key part of your role with us.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role informally in the first instance, please contact Charlotte Ferguson, Recruitment Manager on 07855 258999 or [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: Developers, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Private Equity, Private Wealth, and Retail & Consumer. 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.

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 and Digital Skills Academy, you'll benefit from all the support you need to develop your 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.

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 we are now seeing a gradual return to our offices by those individuals who feel comfortable doing so.

The recruitment process

Your time is precious and we fully appreciate what goes into applying for a new role. 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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