Solicitor/Associate

PQE: NQ - 6
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full or Part-time
Department: Banking and Finance
Location: Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Birketts is now recruiting for an ambitious, driven and forward thinking Solicitor or Associate, ideally with 1-6 years PQE ideally with Banking and Finance background, to come and join our growing team on a full time permanent basis.  Individuals with a background in commercial and/or corporate with an interest in Banking and Finance will also be considered.

You will join a highly successful, leading Corporate division, working specifically with the Banking and Finance team, who are seeing substantial growth, resulting in the need for extra resource to take forward ambitious plans for the future.

The Banking and Finance team is led by our Partner Alex Schaafsma, who along with other team members will guide and support you throughout your career at Birketts LLP. The team's expertise covers a variety of different types of banking and finance areas including:

  • Syndicated and bilateral conventional lending
  • Property finance, including advising on funding acquisitions of land, investment property and development/construction
  • Education loans and housing association finance
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Re-financings, restructurings/work-outs
  • Private finance and loan arrangements
  • Asset finance/asset backed lending.
Purpose of job

As a qualified solicitor you will cover a broad range of work across the Banking and Finance team providing assistance to the entire team and its growth.

Work includes:

  • drafting, negotiating and agreeing finance documentation – both facility agreements and security documents using both LMA documentation and Birketts’ own precedents
  • drafting, negotiating and agreeing ancilliary documentation such as fee letters, undertakings and corporate authorities
  • managing transactions and liaising with other team members on larger transactions
  • attending meetings with clients and other law firms.
The candidate

You will need to have strong attention to detail skills to produce work/ documentation which is consistently of a high standard. You will have a flexible approach to work to ensure client deadlines are always met and clients are communicated with on a consistent and regular basis and an interest in and aptitude for business development.

Prior experience of Banking and Finance is not essential, but candidates must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in becoming a specialist within this area. Candidates with good quality experience of either commercial, corporate or real estate finance who have a desire to specialise in Banking and Finance would be highly suited.

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. 

Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.

Benefits

One of the best things about joining Birketts is our rewards package. At Birketts we’re appreciative of the people who work for us and our rewards package is reviewed regularly to reflect that. You can expect to receive:

  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service
  • Private Healthcare - BUPA (offered after probation is passed)
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme (5% employer / 5% Employee)
  • Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)
  • Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance
  • Paid ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) day
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Gym Flex membership
  • Electric car scheme
  • Dress for your Day Policy
  • Agile Working Policy