Business Development Assistant.

Closing date: 28/11/2022
PQE: Not applicable
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Department: Business Services
Location: Ipswich or Norwich
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

The Birketts Business Development (BD) and Marketing Team consists of over 30 people who are responsible for the firm’s Business Development, PR and Communications, CRM, Campaigns and Events, as well as tender and proposal management.

The team is based across each of the Regional Birketts’ offices (Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge and Chelmsford) and we operate as one team across the firm, with areas of specialist focus, operating as an extension to our lawyer teams.

With the benefit of our professional qualifications, experience, knowledge of targets and our client base, we direct activity to support the firm’s strategic objectives; for all business development and marketing activity. We are KPI focussed, keen to measure and track activity and review return on investment.

We support our firm-wide vision to be the standout law firm for client experience, we continue to support delivery of a differentiated services and at the heart of what we do is build and drive the awareness of the Birketts’ brand to support firm wide growth.

We are insights driven and use data to facilitate making the best decisions for both our clients and our business and hold the business true to their team strategies and bringing them to life. Our ultimate aim is to support the firm’s strategic objectives.

Purpose of job

The role is to support the Business Development team with the coordination and production of marketing collateral and research to support business development activities and initiatives.

Marketing Materials / Collateral:

  • Driving coordination in the production of marketing collateral and maintaining this proactively and take on new collateral requests from across the team.

Legal directory submissions:

  • Responsibility for co-ordinating the production of the firm's annual legal directory submissions, guiding practice teams to ensure they submit on time and to a high quality standard to ensure continued high rankings and maintaining a database of client referees.

Research and business development:

  • Assisting the business development team to identify and research potential targets and update the CRM database as necessary.
  • Supporting the firm with the collation of information and entries of relevant award submissions.

Tenders, pitch and proposal documents:

  • Supporting the Pitch and Proposal team with the adhoc administrative/collateral requests linked to tenders or proposal documents.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of a proposals database for holding and sharing tender information.
  • Coordination role in ensuring SharePoint is up to date with current information to feed into Pitch Perfect.

Personal development:

  • As part of a team, investigating new ideas to differentiate Birketts in the market place.
  • Other business development duties/projects as and when required.
The candidate

This is a pro-active challenging role in a busy team, that requires strong attention to detail and accuracy, strong organisation skills and the ability to multi-task with a ‘can do’ approach. Actively seeks to assist on projects, with a diverse set of marketing skills.

  • An understanding of marketing and business development processes.
  • Ability to create a positive impact with colleagues, peers, partners and clients and to demonstrate diplomacy, listening and influencing skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with an excellent eye for detail
  • Demonstrating consistent excellent service delivery to internal clients.
  • Effective project management skills including the ability to plan ahead and prioritise conflicting demands to meet deadlines for the team.
  • Working effectively under pressure.
  • Demonstrating a keen interest in self-development and showing initiative.
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.


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.

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.