Senior Associate - Commercial

Location Cardiff
Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Contact name: Rob Brown

Contact email:
Job ref: 003383

Are you an experienced Commercial Lawyer with a legacy of making a difference and a passion for transformational projects?  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 across a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, transport, defence and security, local and national government.  Our clients include NHS England, NHS Wales, Welsh Government, Met Police, Transport for Wales, local authorities in both England and Wales and large universities and higher education establishments in both England and Wales. Our well-established commercial 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 major procurers and funders of projects to established technology-rich businesses and innovative start-ups, combined with a strong dedication to financial services. 

What can you expect from us

The successful applicant can expect a balance of public and private sector work covering commercial contracts, due diligence and client support. You will be responsible for delivering large scale projects and commercial contracts and for handling your own caseload. This will include drafting and reviewing a range of commercial agreements, advising clients, delivering training and presentations as well as supporting other teams with due diligence and ancillary related commercial arrangements.  This is an opportunity to become involved with a range of high-quality transactions working with household name clients from the private and public sectors as well as to network and contribute to practice development in 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.

About you

You will be an experienced lawyer with 3+ years PQE, with a strong background in good quality commercial work across the public and/or private sectors. Your experience will probably have been acquired at a firm where you have been involved in good quality general commercial work including services and supply contracts, manufacturing, distribution, and technology contracts.  You may be looking for an opportunity to return to private practice after some time in-house.  Additional experience (or an interest in) telecoms, data protection, public procurement and subsidy control would be useful. You should have a commitment to supporting the growth agenda across Wales and be keen to embed yourself in our Commercial Practice by spending 3 days or more a week with your colleagues onsite in Cardiff. 

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.

More information about our practice can be found  here.

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.

Our business groups are:

Banking and Finance

Business Support Services

Commercial and Charities

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Recoveries and Travel



Employment, Pensions, Benefits & Immigration

Private Client

Property Services


Our office locations and details of how to reach them are found  here.

How to Apply

Please apply on our website through our Online Portal.

Closing Date:  Within two months from date of posting but please note we are continually reviewing applications so we would recommend applying sooner rather than later.

Interviews:  The interview process will start as soon as suitable candidates have been identified.  We will notify you in advance if you are required to carry out a drafting exercise/skills test as part of the interview process.

If you have any questions, please email Rob Brown at

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