Procurement Lawyer

Location Cardiff
Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Job ref: 004982

Are you a Procurement Lawyer with expertise across non-contentious procurement? If so - we'd like to talk with you.

Blake Morgan has developed a reputation as a trusted partner to public and private sector clients and individuals across England and Wales. Our well-established commercial practice has advised on some of the largest projects in the UK. 

The team are ranked Band 1 in the Administrative and Public Law category by Chambers and Partners and received a Public Law nomination at the Wales Legal awards. 

We are one of 12 Blake Morgan teams currently ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 rankings. We are proud of our client base that spans some of the biggest public sector bodies, funders of projects and private sector clients.

What can you expect from us

The successful applicant can expect a breadth of mostly non-contentious procurement work spanning education, healthcare, defence and security, local and national government and public bodies as well as private sector bidders based in the UK and internationally.  These include NHS England, NHS Wales, Welsh Government, Metropolitan Police, local authorities and large universities and higher education establishments across England and Wales. You will be responsible for designing procurement processes, drafting procurement documents, working closely with clients. As part of our wider Commercial Team you will provide specific expertise in support of large scale projects and commercial contracts.  This is an opportunity to become involved with a range of high-quality projects working with household name clients from the private and public sectors as well as to network and contribute to practice development in England and Wales. Based from our offices overlooking Cardiff Bay, you'll become an intrinsic part of our friendly committed and highly respected team. We are the only law firm to appear in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers Index - and this ethos resonates through the way we work with our clients, our collegiate culture and our flexible working practices.

There will also be opportunities to provide training to clients in anticipation of the Procurement Act 2023 coming in to force later in 2024.

About you

Ideally you will be an experienced lawyer with 2+ yrs PQE (although NQE+ may be considered), with a strong background in good quality procurement and/or commercial work across the public sector. Your experience will probably have been acquired at a firm where you have been involved in good quality procurement work and you will have the confidence to run a procurement process with limited supervision. You may be looking for an opportunity to return to private practice after some time in-house. Experience of subsidy control law would also be an advantage. You should have a commitment to supporting the growth agenda across England and Wales and be keen to embed yourself in our Commercial practice by spending 3 days or more a week with your colleagues onsite in our Cardiff office.   

Skills / Experience Required

We expect candidates for the position to have the following personal attributes:

*       Confident and personable

*       Strong technical competence

*       Intellectual ability

*       Self-motivation

*       Commercial awareness

*       Strong drafting skills

*       Keen to learn and develop skills and those of junior colleagues

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

*       Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

*       Willingness to get involved and assist with team 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 advertised role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality

Blake Morgan is committed to adopting Smart Working practices, where appropriate in the context of business needs, and empowering colleagues to maximise their performance.  Whilst we strive to ensure consistency of approach across the firm, there will inevitably be some differences in working practices across our business groups and business support functions.  We consider each colleague's personal preferences, working styles and development needs when deciding the best arrangements to suit our clients and colleagues.  A typical approach would be a blend of working in your usual office, working from another Blake Morgan office, working from a client's office and working from home.  A Guide to getting the most out of Smart Working Policy is available for our colleagues.   You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support, training and resources you require.  Our lawyer teams are also well supported by our Business Services, Finance, HR, IT and Risk functions. 

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.