Senior Associate / Legal Director - Banking & Finance

Location Southampton
Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Job ref: 005242

We have a new opportunity for a Senior Associate / Legal Director to join our Banking and Finance team on the South Coast.  Working from our Head Office near Southampton, the role offers a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring partner to consolidate their Practice experience alongside Kath Shimmin (ranked Band 1 – Chambers and Partners) and the local team, as part of our “highly knowledgeable”* Banking and Finance team based from our offices in London, Reading, Oxford and Cardiff.

* Legal 500

We are able to offer a broad scope of work, advising on mid-market secured lending transactions, including acquisition and leveraged debt, real estate finance and asset financing (including invoice financing and general secured and structured lending), often with an international element.  We act for a wide variety of lenders including clearing banks, investment and merchant banks, mezzanine and non-institutional funders, as well as borrowers - including private and public companies, colleges and universities and housing associations. The team works in partnership with our Corporate, Real Estate, Regulatory, Business Restructuring and Insolvency and Construction teams on a cross-team and cross-office basis, as well as foreign counsel on international transactions.

The position is Southampton based, with occasional travel to our London, Thames Valley and Cardiff offices, and offers exciting opportunities for an ambitious and career minded individual with aspirations to become a Partner in the next few years.

Skills / Experience Required

*       5+ years PQE gained within a Banking and Finance Practice either private practice or in house

*       A good breadth of experience spanning general Secured Lending work

*       Strong technical and project management skills

*       An appetite and aptitude for Business Development

*       Confident and personable

*       A team player

*       Good communication skills (verbal and written)

*       Commercial awareness and a straightforward approach

*       Committed to working in, and fostering, a diverse and inclusive firm

*       Demonstrates commitment and loyalty to colleagues, clients and communities

*       Able to demonstrate continuous development and diversity in thinking

*       Understands and complies with AML and Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this advertised role

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


Some of the benefits of working at Blake Morgan include:

*       27 days' annual holiday and option to purchase 1 weeks' leave

*       Birthday holiday

*       My Time – one working week off for community, faith-based festivals, volunteering, or wellbeing activities

*       Profit Share Scheme

*       Performance related bonus scheme

*       Target Plus (rolling bonus scheme)

*       Private medical insurance including access to a health advice helpline

*       Auto-enrolment pension scheme (5% employer pension contribution when employee contributes 3%)

*       Life assurance scheme

*       Critical illness cover

*       Cash Plan - claim for flu jab, health screening, optical and dental plus a range of wellbeing and health services

*       Employee Assistance Programme

*       Professional subscriptions

*       Free parking or travel season ticket loan depending on your office location

*       Cycle to work scheme

*       Discounts at leading retailers

*       Recruitment referral scheme

*       Gifts at key lifestyle and career milestones