Commercial Solicitor

Location Reading
Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Job ref: 004303

The practice is currently acting for a wide variety of clients on high quality and interesting matters and due to the number of instructions we are looking to hire a Solicitor to be based in our Reading office.  In the Thames Valley region we have offices in Reading and Oxford, and whilst the team base themselves out of Reading, working out of the Oxford office occasionally is also an option. We are continuing to work flexibly between the office and home and so the need to be physically in the Reading office will not be full time and is something that will be agreed with you on a business need basis.   You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support and resources you require. Joining us means you will have exposure to a wide range of interesting, high quality work and excellent opportunities to develop your technical knowledge and commercial skill set.

You will be advising on a wide range of commercial contracts including matters related to commercial trading agreements, IT contracts, outsourcing agreements, franchising, IP, manufacturing and data protection.  You will be involved in drafting and negotiating contracts of various sizes and values and will be encouraged to act as an extension of our clients' in-house legal teams. 

Blake Morgan has developed excellence in all areas of commercial law within the private, public and third sectors.  We pride ourselves on being outcome focused and getting under the skin of our clients from a broad range of sectors including local authority, leisure, education, healthcare and education.    

Our Commercial team were ranked in Tier 1 in the prestigious Legal 500 Guide for 2022 and undertake a wide range of work.  We are able to turn our hand to many different sectors and client types in a supported environment including; health, education, utilities, local authority, technology and franchising.  From day 1, our lawyers are exposed to high quality work and client interface.  Learning and Development is very important to us as a firm and Business Group, no matter how experienced we are as individuals and we are given daily opportunities to learn on the job.

What is it like to work at Blake Morgan? In our own words:

We have a lot of team socials in the commercial team, and some of us enjoy skiing, running and comparing gym progress! Others enjoy jam making, gastronomy and Russian politics. It is so important to shut one's door on work and get headspace and this is encouraged in our team. Most teams now also work in a blended way, balancing working in the office with working from home; which means team members can participate more in flexible parenting, household chores and errands without compromising their career ambitions. Blake Morgan aims to support the whole person and not just the lawyer.  The firm's support during the unknown of the pandemic was comprehensive and immediate.  We promote positive mental wellbeing and work hard to ensure that help is available whether it be through coaching, mentoring, our mental health first aider scheme or firm wide webinars about how we can up our self-care, protect our posture or start a conversation to ask for help.  Our community support work is also important to us and where we have lots of fun raising funds and awareness.

We want to hear from people that are interested in developing themselves and embracing the challenge of a wide variety of work; people that are hardworking and enjoy the autonomy of running their own matters in a supported environment; who enjoy being part of an inclusive and high-performing team. We live and breathe by our ACTS framework which sets a tone of being Astute, Committed, a Team Player and Straightforward.  We always welcome hearing from likeminded individuals. 

Working in the Thames Valley region

Oxford provides many opportunities to work with leading businesses. The Oxford Colleges have historical importance to the area and continue to retain prominence in leading academic thinking at an international level. The tech sector is huge with science parks and the space economy vital to the Thames Valley and the rest of the world. The volume of start-ups coming out of the Oxford universities puts us second in the world, after Zurich. The future is being built here. There are many achievements to celebrate in Oxfordshire at present – schemes such as the Osney Lock Hydro; the prize winning Earth Trust’s Earth Lab, the Springfield Meadows development in Southmoor, the Zeus Development at Harwell and the CABI HQ in Wallingford are examples of sustainable developments.

Reading is seen by many as the UK's answer to Silicon Valley, with tech parks and an excellent university. Innovation, tech and growth are all words you hear about Reading, which makes it an exciting place to work. Our commercial team is well placed to advise the impressive tech companies around Reading from start-up to scale-up to exit. With the expertise our team have, we can help businesses to protect, comply and succeed in their chosen markets.

Skills / Experience Required

You will have developed a good grounding in commercial law in your early career or be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in this practice.  You will be comfortable drafting and negotiating contracts and keen to develop further your skills; carrying out legal research and due diligence; guiding clients through commercial challenges; developing client relationships and ensuring that we deliver solutions in line with our clients' aims. 

*       Strong technical competence

*       Intellectual ability

*       Self-motivation

*       Commercial awareness

*       Good drafting skills

*       Keen to learn and develop skills

*       A team player – willing to support others and be flexible

*       Confident and personable

*       Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

*       Enjoys client contact with ability to build rapport and confidence

*       Well regarded where you are

*       Willingness to get involved and assist with practices and sector development

*       Excellent IT skills

*       Committed to rigour around treating all clients fairly

*       Focused on attributing dedication, determination and loyalty to colleagues, clients and communities

*       Able to demonstrate continuous development and diversity in thinking

*       Understands and complies with Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality

Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full-service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals.

Driving forward our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives is key to our culture, and we are incredibly proud to have been included in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2021/22 for the fifth year running. Our new Board was elected earlier this year, including our first female Chair, Kath Shimmin.    

As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) continues to be prominent as highlighted in the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the UK Government’s commitment to combatting climate change, Blake Morgan is striving to play our part.  More businesses are putting sustainability front and centre of their operations, and the Blake Morgan environmental team is actively supporting clients on this. The ESG focus is also reflected within the firm, which is committed to being a sustainable and environmentally conscious business – a commitment which was recently boosted by being awarded the prestigious ISO 14001 Environmental Standard certification in August 2021.