Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Veale Wasbrough Vizards acts nationally for clients in the education and charities, healthcare, public and family owned business sectors. We also offer a dedicated service to private clients; we; manage two distinctly branded divisions: Augustines Injury Law and Convey Direct. Our staff of 400; operate regionally & nationally and are based at our offices in the heart of : Bristol, London and Watford. Our combination of specialist expertise, genuine teamwork and client commitment sets us apart. That's why we're confident we can deliver the best and most effective legal solutions to help; our clients succeed.

With a team culture of support and friendliness we are committed to the growth and development of the careers of our staff. Our success is a reflection of the professional and personal fulfilment of our people. That's why we place so much emphasis on creating a work environment that provides opportunities, encourages participation and fosters achievement. Best in Bristol - Veale Wasbrough Vizards is proud to be accredited as a top 100 firm to work for by the Managing Partners Forum. We were voted 2011 'Regional Law Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Law Society awards. We are Lexcel and Investors in People accredited.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 06, 2017
Full time
We are looking for an experienced Data Protection Solicitor/Associate to join our growing team, the opportunity is avaiable in either our Bristol or London Offices. The successful candidate will join our busy data protection team who provide specialist advice on a wide range of issues, including subject access requests and data protection breaches & complaints. About Us Veale Wasbrough Vizards is a full service law firm ranked as a leader in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Our firm-wide core values of teamwork and collaboration, putting the client at the centre of the firm and taking a commercial approach ensure a dedicated and expert service to all of our clients. Our high standards have been recognised by the Law Society through Lexcel and their Conveyancing Quality schemes. With over 400 members of staff across four offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, we are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of our employees at all levels. This can be demonstrated by our Bronze Investors in People accreditation. On top of this, we have the reputation of being a friendly firm with approachable staff in all areas of the business. 96% of our clients say they would recommend us which, we believe, is a strong indicator of our culture. Required Knowledge and Experience Admitted solicitor with current Practising Certificate and up to seven years' experience in data protection. Must demonstrate an ability to work to the Law Society's Skills Standards and to provide accurate and focused advice to clients. Required Skills The ability to: Conduct effective case and transaction management including supervising juniors within the data protection team Develop strong client relationships Communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients Draft documents that are clear and concise Interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action Research the relevant legal issues applicable to a case Conduct negotiations where appropriate Confidence use of office IT applications; good typing skills. Provide training to clients on data protection desirable but not essential Key Tasks This role will include: preparing and advising on all aspects of data protection compliance including: Advising on data protection compliance generally Advising on subject access requests Advising on data protection issues in contracts and in corporate transactions Advising on issues around information security particularly in the context of new technologies and ways of working (cloud computing and BYOD etc) Advising on data protection breach management including drafting submissions to the ICO Advising on and drafting data protection policies and procedures Advising on the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations in the context of electronic marketing Ideally also dealing with Freedom of Information Act issues Experience in Education and Technology sectors would be beneficial but not essential. Legal Advice and Action Take and record clear instructions Investigate evidence Research matters of fact and law Provide concise analysis of research applied to facts Provide concise letters and reports for clients, written in plain language Undertake negotiation and/or advocacy when appropriate Draft concise documents in plain language Leadership Demonstrate awareness through action of the Firm's core values Develop personal profile and recognition throughout the firm Business Development Contribute to appropriate business development activities of the Department and the firm Wherever the opportunity arises, promote the services of teams from across the firm to the client for whom you are acting Introduce new clients to the firm Achieve agreed business development targets (if any) Identify and attend appropriate networking opportunities Collaboration/People Processes Play an active role within the department Supervise as required and take responsibility for performance management for those whom you supervise Involve the secretaries and other support staff in an effective way Take responsibility for delegated work, ask for guidance in respect of matters which are unclear and report errors which need to be resolved Prepare and conduct Performance Development Reviews and where appropriate take responsibility for the development of staff under your supervision Conduct recruitment interviews (where necessary) for secretarial/assistant support Knowledge Management Participate in VWV's knowledge networks and systems to share ideas, know-how, expertise, documents and precedents Financial Management (Under the Supervision of a Partner) Provide accurate cost estimates for clients Update clients at regular intervals (at least six monthly) Bill clients accurately and at agreed times Achieve agreed targets, including hours and billing Comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules Deal promptly with any working capital exercises Ensure any changes relating to the file are notified to the lawyer in charge of the file Fee Earning Achieve targets as set out in business plan and/or budget Quality Standards Demonstrate compliance with the Firm’s quality standards and procedures Learning and Development Attend the Management Course Stage 1 within the first three years of qualification Comply with CPD requirements and identify specific training needs Attend appropriate departmental training sessions Attend appropriate internal courses (for example management and IT skills) Provide informal and formal training as appropriate (eg mentoring and internal team presentations)  
Veale Wasbrough Vizards Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 06, 2017
Full time
Our Commercial team is expanding, and we are looking for an experienced Procurement Associate to join them and to help strengthen the team. If you have experience in this area and are looking for your next career move then we would love to hear from you. About us Veale Wasbrough Vizards is a full service law firm ranked as a leader in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Our firm-wide core values of teamwork and collaboration, putting the client at the centre of the firm and taking a commercial approach ensure a dedicated and expert service to all of our clients. Our high standards have been recognised by the Law Society through Lexcel and their Conveyancing Quality schemes. With over 400 members of staff across four offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, we are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of our employees at all levels. This can be demonstrated by our Bronze Investors in People accreditation. On top of this, we have the reputation of being a friendly firm with approachable staff in all areas of the business. 96% of our clients say they would recommend us which, we believe, is a strong indicator of our culture. About the Team The firm's procurement lawyers are much in demand from universities, academies, central government, local government and private sector clients. The firm requires an excellent lawyer to further strengthen the team. Overall Objective To work with colleagues to help clients succeed in realising their objectives, through the efficient delivery of appropriate legal advice and assistance. Required Skills The ability to: advocate and present orally when required conduct effective case and transaction management develop strong client relationships communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients draft legal documents, advice notes and give legal advice that is clear and concise interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action identify the relevant legal issues applicable to a case or a transaction conduct negotiations where appropriate researching relevant areas of law Key Tasks A Senior Associate will carry out all the requirements of the Solicitor and Associate job descriptions and in addition the following tasks: Legal/technical ability Evidence of strong Project Management skills Demonstrates a consistently high level of competence/expertise inown area of law Operates free from supervision and has responsibility for supervising others and has a track record of doing so effectively Is accurate in his/her advice and applies the law in a commercial context for the client and maintains effective working relationships with clients Shares client knowledge and supports opportunities to facilitate introductions Evidence that they understand the client's business and adjusts their approach accordingly Business Generation Contributes to appropriate business development activities of the team and the Firm Wherever the opportunity arises, promotes the services of teams from across the Firm to the client for whom they are acting Introduces new clients to the Firm Achieves agreed business development targets Identifies and attends appropriate networking opportunities Actively maintains and manages contact records in SLX Shares client knowledge and supports opportunities to facilitate introductions Promotes the Firm's sector and team based services, looking to cross refer clients within the Firm Is visibly identified within relevant department / sector or BD & Marketing plans Takes a lead role in client pitches Collaboration/People Processes Plans, allocates and directs work Promotes effective people management within the team Manages a small team and conducts annual PDRs, where appropriate Provides support to new fee earners in the department to ensure a smooth induction lays an active role within the team and supports other team members during busy times Financial Management (under the supervision of a Partner) Achieves financial and hours targets asset by the HoD Evidence of taking responsibility of billing client directly, promptly and regularlywithout supervision, where appropriate Accurate scoping of all jobs, using the scoping spreadsheet where necessary and supervising the scoping exercise with juniors Working alongside the team or department's pricing champion to develop a departmental approach to pricing. Evidence of effectively delegating work to juniors in the team and ensuring that the work is carried out profitably Ensures they are the right person/level for the job Provides full and prompt assistance to credit control staff to ensure payment of outstanding bills Demonstrates an understanding of cash flow and profitability of both the department and the firm Maintains WIP at an appropriate level Fully conversant with the SRAAccounts Rules Knowledge Sharing Actively encourages and endorses knowledge sharing at team, department and Firm level Identifies areas where knowledge sharing principles and practices can be applied to bring about smarter working (improving efficiency and profitability) Cascades knowledge sharing practices across work streams and matters, especially on matter analysis, scoping and pricing Develops knowledge sharing initiatives for new or highly technical work types e.g. work flows, matter management techniques, know-how, precedents Leads on matter specific knowledge sharing within the team via: team meetings, problem solving, training sessions, matter de-briefs, lessons learned/after action reviews Quality Standards Demonstrates consistent compliance with the Firm's quality policies and procedures as set out on the intranet Learning and Development Complies with CPD requirements and identifies specific training needs Attends appropriate departmental training sessions Attends appropriate internal courses (e.g. management and IT skills) Provides informal and formal training as appropriate (e.g. induction, mentoring and internal team presentations)
Veale Wasbrough Vizards Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 09, 2017
Full time
The Opportunity We are offering an opportunity for an associate/senior associate to join our highly successful Commercial Property team in our Birmingham office. The relevant lawyer would be assisting in a busy commercial property team with a varied caseload of commercial property work for land owners, investors and developers through the efficient delivery of appropriate legal advice and assistance within the Commercial Property team. Over 40% of the firm's turnover comes from the Real Estate department as a whole, making it a vital part of the firm. Our Real Estate lawyers make a key contribution to the success of the firm in their work across each of the firm's designated sectors. Our Real Estate lawyers make a key contribution to the success of the firm in their work across each of the firm's designated sectors. About the Team Across the entire firm the Real Estate team comprises 21 partners and 79 senior associates, associates and solicitors plus a number of trainee solicitors and paralegals spread across our four offices. Required Knowledge and Experience Experienced solicitor (8 years plus PQE), with current Practising Certificate and an expertise in the commercial property. Must demonstrate an ability to provide accurate, focussed advice to clients and service delivery excellence. Familiarity with and confidence in the use of office IT applications and good typing skills. We expect the successful candidate to have good team working and collaborative skills as we work open plan with solicitors from other teams, other departments and support staff both in Birmingham and across other offices. We expect to see the client at the centre of the firm and for our lawyers to have a commercial approach in their work. We are looking for someone who wants to join our team to help our clients achieve their objectives. The successful candidate will provide a wide range of advice on property matters including advice to charities, universities, schools, property investors and developers. Skills Required The ability to: advocate and present orally when required conduct effective case and transaction management communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients draft legal documents, advice notes and give legal advice that is clear and concise interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action identify the relevant legal issues applicable to a case or a transaction conduct negotiations where appropriate researching relevant areas of law knowledge of commercial property and the conveyancing process particularly as applied to acquisitions, disposals and leases of non-residential land and buildings. Knowledge and experience of working with public sector clients and charities/education clients would be preferred, but is not essential. The ideal candidate would also have an interest in being involved in marketing activities including assistance with presentation at seminars, attending networking events and writing articles for professional journals.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards London, United Kingdom
Sep 11, 2017
Full time
Overall Objective To work with colleagues to help clients succeed in realising their business objectives, through the efficient delivery of appropriate legal advice and assistance. This Role Will Include: preparing and advising on all aspects of data protection compliance including: Advising on data protection compliance generally Advising on subject access requests Advising on data protection issues in contracts and in corporate transactions Advising on issues around information security particularly in the context of new technologies and ways of working (cloud computing and BYOD etc) Advising on data protection breach management including drafting submissions to the ICO Advising on and drafting data protection policies and procedures Advising on the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations in the context of electronic marketing Ideally also dealing with Freedom of Information Act issues Experience in Education and Technology sectors would be beneficial but not essential. Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience Admitted solicitor with current Practising Certificate and up to seven years' experience in data protection. Must demonstrate an ability to work to the Law Society's Skills Standards and to provide accurate and focused advice to clients. Required Skills The ability to: Conduct effective case and transaction management including supervising juniors within the data protection team Develop strong client relationships Communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients Draft documents that are clear and concise Interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action Research the relevant legal issues applicable to a case Conduct negotiations where appropriate Confidence use of office IT applications; good typing skills. Provide training to clients on data protection desirable but not essential Key Tasks Legal Advice and Action Take and record clear instructions Investigate evidence Research matters of fact and law Provide concise analysis of research applied to facts Provide concise letters and reports for clients, written in plain language Undertake negotiation and/or advocacy when appropriate Draft concise documents in plain language Leadership Demonstrate awareness through action of the Firm's core values Develop personal profile and recognition throughout the firm Business Development Contribute to appropriate business development activities of the Department and the firm Wherever the opportunity arises, promote the services of teams from across the firm to the client for whom you are acting Introduce new clients to the firm Achieve agreed business development targets (if any) Identify and attend appropriate networking opportunities Collaboration/People Processes Play an active role within the department Supervise as required and take responsibility for performance management for those whom you supervise Involve the secretaries and other support staff in an effective way Take responsibility for delegated work, ask for guidance in respect of matters which are unclear and report errors which need to be resolved Prepare and conduct Performance Development Reviews and where appropriate take responsibility for the development of staff under your supervision Conduct recruitment interviews (where necessary) for secretarial/assistant support Knowledge Management Participate in VWV's knowledge networks and systems to share ideas, know-how, expertise, documents and precedents Financial Management (Under the Supervision of a Partner ) Provide accurate cost estimates for clients Update clients at regular intervals (at least six monthly) Bill clients accurately and at agreed times Achieve agreed targets, including hours and billing Comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules Deal promptly with any working capital exercises Ensure any changes relating to the file are notified to the lawyer in charge of the file Fee Earning Achieve targets as set out in business plan and/or budget Quality Standards Demonstrate compliance with the Firm’s quality standards and procedures Learning and Development Attend the Management Course Stage 1 within the first three years of qualification Comply with CPD requirements and identify specific training needs Attend appropriate departmental training sessions Attend appropriate internal courses (for example management and IT skills) Provide informal and formal training as appropriate (eg mentoring and internal team presentations)