Berwin Leighton Paisner

Introducing BLP

We are an award-winning, international law firm. Clients, including over 50 Global Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, rely on our expertise in 70 legal disciplines and have worked with us in 130 countries. Those clients tell us that our firm is distinguished by exceptional personal commitment and a strong focus on helping them to achieve a commercial advantage. As a result, we have a 92% loyalty rate among major clients. Furthermore, our distinctive approach has seen BLP receive 8 Law Firm of the Year awards since 2004 and, in 2015, named a top-five 'legal game changer of the last decade' by the Financial Times.

Berwin Leighton Paisner London, United Kingdom
Jan 22, 2018
Contract
Paralegal – Real Estate Finance – 6 months FTC (0909)   London The Team Paralegal will be working in the Real Estate Finance team. Our Real Estate Finance team is the leading specialist team in the UK. Focussed on the funding of domestic and international real estate in all its forms, we act for the leading financial institutions, investors, developers and funds. We are active in all sectors of the global real estate finance market including investment, development and structured financings, originations for CMBS and principal financing. The Opportunity This is a great opportunity for a Paralegal to build up their real estate finance knowledge as well as further develop their commercial skills and awareness. You will be exposed to high-quality finance and banking matters. This is a six months fixed term contract. Who we’re looking for The right candidate will have a law degree, LPC would be an advantage. Ideally you will have already gained some transactional experience as a Paralegal, however this is not essential. At BLP we focus on exceptional client service, therefore successful applicants will have excellent attention to detail, along with organisational skills and the ability to assimilate and summarise information. What’s in it for you Making sure our people feel valued is part of our everyday culture, ensuring that they are rewarded is part of our everyday work too. From 25 days holiday per year to private medical insurance, pensions, charity schemes and a whole host of other flexible benefits, you can rest assured that we've got your best interests covered. Join BLP, and you'll discover an environment unlike any other law firm with an open door policy that helps to deliver real results. Your career is important to us, as the more our people develop getting closer to their potential, the more successful our firm is. So ensuring that the training we offer is exactly what you need is essential. Lawyers, PA’s and business services experts - everyone here has access to tailored learning to suit their skills and ambitions. Apply online by following the ‘Apply for this role’ link, using either your CV or LinkedIn profile. About BLP We are an international law firm renowned for our innovative approach to high quality, commercial, legal advice support for clients around the world. Our vision is to be the most respected law firm. We will achieve this through always exceeding our client’s expectations and being a better place to work than our competitors. We have expertise across 70 legal disciplines and our commitment to exceptional service means our clients can expect more than just our technical excellence when we work with them. Our international offering is an important part of our commitment to our clients and through our emerging markets focus and preferred firm network we are able to support them wherever they do business. All this is possible because the quality of our people. Part of our core vision is to be a better place to work than our competitors and we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent. We embrace diversity by promoting and sustaining an open, inclusive and supportive working environment.
Berwin Leighton Paisner London, United Kingdom
Jan 15, 2018
Full time
Junior Associate – Private Client (0904)   Team: Private Client - Tax Reports to: Private Client Partners Purpose of job To provide personal tax and trusts advice to ultra-high net-worth individuals and their related trusts, controlled companies and businesses including UK-resident non-domiciles and individuals based overseas. What’s in it for you?  The BLP Private Wealth team has helped over 5,000 wealth owners around the world, their families and their other advisers, to protect, grow and pass on their personal business wealth.   This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated Private Client Associate to develop their career in a highly regarded team, whilst gaining exposure to a broad range of Private Client work.  We invest strongly in the training available to our associates. Our expert team of Private Client lawyers are known for their succinct, commercial and tailored approach which has gained us a Tier 1 Legal 500 ranking. This role will enable you to have significant client contact. Key responsibilities To advise clients on a wide range of Private Client matters including, but not limited to; • Business succession planning; • Tax efficient structuring for investment and trading activities; • Shareholders’ agreements and shareholder disputes; • Family constitutions/family governance agreements; • Sale of a family business; • Regulatory and compliance issues for family offices; • Preventing and resolving family disputes; • Confidentiality issues, including online risks; • Service and administration agreements; • Personal, trust and corporate tax advice; • Residence and domicile, pre-immigration tax and wealth planning and emigration planning; • International asset holding structures for personal and business assets, including art, private jets and yachts; • Advising on HMRC and tax litigation; and • Philanthropy and charitable giving. Key relationships   A range of our clients as well as the Private Client team. Experience and knowledge • Circa 1 – 2 years’ PQE • Relevant experience in Private Client and/or Tax • Strong academic background Skills and competencies  • Excellent attention to detail • Ability to apply commercial and legal analytical skills to identify key issues and propose commercial solutions • Clear and concise communication skills • Flexible attitude • Ability to add value and strengthen client relationships • Makes an effort to understand the client’s needs and helps the team deliver excellent service • Delegates work appropriately • Takes responsibility for own development and regularly asks for feedback • Develops knowledge of own practice area: reads relevant materials and attends training courses and seminars Diversity,  inclusion and working differently  Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of BLP. We are wholly committed to creating an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to make the most of their skills qualities and points of difference and, most importantly, be themselves. We believe that our goals of always exceeding client expectations and being the most attractive place to work will only be achieved if we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability. BLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce. We are supportive of a range of working arrangements, tailored to you as an individual, wherever possible. Please ask the Resourcing Team about the flexible working arrangements that are available to you within this role. Please note that our PQE levels as stated in our job descriptions are a guide only and all suitable candidates will be considered.
Berwin Leighton Paisner London, United Kingdom
Nov 27, 2017
Full time
Intellectual Property Senior Associate (non-contentious) (0881)   Team: Corporate – Commercial & Technology Reports to: Head of Commercial & Technology Law Practice (C&T), within BLP’s Corporate Department Purpose of job To provide non-contentious intellectual property (IP) law advice to BLP's clients largely in support of our commercial and technology, corporate finance, finance/banking, real estate/built environment and litigation/dispute resolution practices. Clients are in a range of sectors (as will be obvious from the above support areas), but to give more flavour sectors will include: technology, property/PropTech, financial services/FinTech, consumer retail, hospitality and leisure (including hotels) medical devices. The only sectors that BLP does not currently serve are pharma and life sciences. To develop new sources of work from outside BLP’s existing client base, i.e. to take the role beyond support. To lead the development of BLP’s non-contentious IP practice, using BLP’s current and future platform as a base. Note: this is a solely non-contentious IP role.  BLP may consider the development of a contentious IP practice later. Based in London, but a successful leader is likely to have  opportunities to develop the non-contentious IP practice in other geographies. What’s in it for you?  This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and career focused non-contentious IP solicitor to really make their mark at a top law firm that is ranked for innovation. IP is a core part of our commercial business. The C&T practice is largely transactional, but with strong advisory work streams.  It represents household name and other clients on a range of strategic commercial, IT, outsourcing, IP, data protection and cyber matters. Clients include: Tesco, Travelex, MasterCard, Ferrero, DXC, Tata Consultancy Services, Direct Line Group, Barclays, Co-op Bank, Securitas/Verisure, Stagecoach, Thames Water, Dentsu Aegis Network, Canary Wharf, Schroders and Dell. This is an opportunity for you to play a key role in helping to grow our practice in this area. The C&T practice currently has:  five partners, including a dedicated specialist data protection/cyber partner;  one Associate Director;  four Senior Associates;  four Associates;  one Newly Qualified Associate (we are expecting to take on one or more NQs in March 2017); and  two trainees. Key responsibilities To provide BLP with expertise in non-contentious IP law advice, serving as the English law expert in this area of law for the firm.  We are looking for an individual who is a technically excellent IP lawyer steeped in non-contentious IP, but focused on developing their career and – with our support and commitment - taking it to the next stage in due course. The appointee will not only service existing work from within BLP, but also actively identify and develop new opportunities internally from the firm's entire client base in the UK and elsewhere. The successful appointee will in addition identify and develop new client opportunities and client targets outside the firm. Key relationships Head of C&T Practice, C&T partners and the wider C&T practice group, and other partners and members of the Corporate department. Experience and knowledge Minimum 5/6 years PQE. Exclusively or very largely private practice background in a comparable or niche IP firm (but if the latter, with the ability to operate in a large, full-service law firm). Steeped in non-contentious IP. A demonstrable track record of delivering high quality non-contentious IP advice. Non-contentious IP specialist with a deep knowledge and experience of: (1) the full range of IP rights (including general patentability, but excluding patent clearance and work that patent attorneys would usually undertake), and (2) the application of those rights in a wide range of transactions and situations, including structuring, ownership, assignment, licensing and other exploitation, and management of IP rights to enable owners to claim and protect them and exploit their commercial value. (We do not expect the appointee to undertake trade mark and patent management that would usually be undertaken by patent and trade mark attorneys.) Experience and openness to working with clients across a range of sectors. Track record in a client facing role. Managing client relationships. Skills and competencies  Skilled in maintaining and developing client relationships. Understands how to provide timely and effective support to colleagues from the C&T and other practices in BLP. Identifies and delivers activities that will strengthen client relationships (e.g. bespoke workshops, client and networking events). Motivated to grow own client base and demonstrate ability to foster relationships across the wider BLP network in order to win work from key clients of the firm and new clients from outside the firm. Gives commercially astute, practical, advice and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the legal and commercial issues that clients face. Ability to support the group’s business plan; interprets market intelligence on specific targets and works with others to convert leads to future business. Early or more developed leadership and project management skills, in particular successfully delegating and overseeing the work of junior team members. Willingness to enthuse junior members of the C&T team to work on IP with them. Works with partners and the marketing team to create pitches and tenders. A team player with the ability to work in a highly collegiate environment. Good communication skills. Flexibility and adaptability. Diversity,  inclusion and working differently  Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of BLP. We are wholly committed to creating an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to make the most of their skills qualities and points of difference and, most importantly, be themselves. We believe that our goals of always exceeding client expectations and being the most attractive place to work will only be achieved if we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability.   BLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce. We are supportive of a range of working arrangements, tailored to you as an individual, wherever possible. Please ask the Resourcing Team about the flexible working arrangements that are available to you within this role. Please note that our PQE levels as stated in our job descriptions are a guide only and all suitable candidates will be considered. Confidentiality   BLP ensures all hardcopy materials containing confidential information are securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content. BLP ensures all confidential information stored electronically is securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content.
Berwin Leighton Paisner London, United Kingdom
Nov 20, 2017
Full time
Principal Knowledge Development Lawyer (0876)   We are recruiting a Principal Knowledge Development lawyer to join our rapidly expanding Commercial and Technology Team.   This role will see you help enhance the client offering of the Commercial & Technology Practice Group by continuously improving the quality of technical knowledge and training available to the team. You will also act as a point person within the Firm for query handling and dissemination of knowledge of legal developments in the commercial contracts and technology areas.   In addition, you will participate as needed in the Commercial & Technology Practice Group client services and knowledge initiatives in support of the group’s business strategy objectives.   This role would suit someone who is really looking to make an impact on the firm, and spearhead the development of the commercial knowhow within the knowledge management team
Berwin Leighton Paisner London, United Kingdom
Oct 09, 2017
Full time
Principal Knowledge Development Lawyer – Corporate Finance London The Team The strategic purpose of the Knowledge Management team is to ensure that all those involved in delivering legal advice to clients have access to the knowledge and information they require to deliver a technically excellent, efficient service; to devise new and innovative ways of sharing that knowledge with clients as part of client relationship management; to input knowledge into the firm’s continuous process improvement initiatives around legal service delivery; and to ensure that the firm is harnessing new technology to support those objectives. The Opportunity You will have an excellent opportunity to make your mark within our Corporate Finance team and the wider Firm. You will be part of a market leading Knowledge Management (KM) group at a firm where KM and Client Service is a strategic priority. Who we’re looking for You will be at least five years PQE with expertise in all aspects of Public M&A and Equity Capital Markets, including public takeovers; primary and secondary fundraisings; and familiarity with the Listing Rules, AIM Rules and MAR.  Ideally you will have a couple of years’ experience as a professional support lawyer. You should have the experience and intellect to quickly win the trust of the corporate finance team - and be able to establish good working relationships across the firm and work well under pressure. What’s in it for you Making sure our people feel valued is part of our everyday culture, ensuring that they are rewarded is part of our everyday work too. From 25 days holiday per year to private medical insurance, pensions, charity schemes and a whole host of other flexible benefits, you can rest assured that we've got your best interests covered. Join BLP, and you'll discover an environment unlike any other law firm with an open door policy that helps to deliver real results. Your career is important to us and the success of our firm is driven by ensuring that every employee maximises their potential. So ensuring that the training we offer is exactly what you need is essential. Lawyers, PA’s and business services experts - everyone here has access to tailored learning to suit their skills and ambitions. Apply online by following the ‘Apply for this role’ link, using either your CV or LinkedIn profile. About BLP We are an international law firm renowned for our innovative approach to high quality, commercial, legal advice support for clients around the world. Our vision is to be the most respected law firm. We will achieve this through always exceeding our client’s expectations and being a better place to work than our competitors. We have expertise across 70 legal disciplines and our commitment to exceptional service means our clients can expect more than just our technical excellence when we work with them. Our international offering is an important part of our commitment to our clients and through our emerging markets focus and preferred firm network we are able to support them wherever they do business. All this is possible because the quality of our people. Part of our core vision is to be a better place to work than our competitors and we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent. We embrace diversity by promoting and sustaining an open, inclusive and supportive working environment. Diversity, inclusion and working differently Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our firm. At BLP we aim to create an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. We believe that our goals of always exceeding client expectations and being the most attractive place to work will only be achieved if we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability. We are wholly committed to promoting an inclusive and inspirational working environment for our employees, our most important asset, to enable our people to make the most of their particular skills, qualities and points of difference. BLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce and is supportive of flexible working arrangements, tailored to the individual, wherever possible.   
Berwin Leighton Paisner Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 09, 2017
Full time
Senior Associate, Real Estate (0732)   The Team This is an excellent opportunity to join our Manchester office and our Real Estate team. You will be part of the Real Estate practice area which is widely acknowledged as a market leading practice and which covers all aspects of commercial property. The Opportunity This role is an excellent opportunity to work in private practice whilst having responsibilities more aligned to in-house work. You will be focused on providing high quality legal and commercial solutions and advice to our clients. The successful candidate will advise on a variety of Real Estate matters with particular focus on Asset Management work ensuring a consistent level of client service is provided at all times. You will be supervise the work of junior lawyers and paralegals, providing the relevant guidance, support and development. Who we’re looking for You will have 5-7 years PQE with a solid track record in working on commercial Real Estate matters including non-contentious Landlord and Tenant issues. You will also have experience of asset management work. You will have experience in mentoring and developing junior associates. What’s in it for you Making sure our people feel valued is part of our everyday culture, ensuring that they are rewarded is part of our everyday work too. From 25 days holiday per year to private medical insurance, pensions, charity schemes and a whole host of other flexible benefits, you can rest assured that we've got your best interests covered. Join BLP, and you'll discover an environment unlike any other law firm with an open door policy that helps to deliver real results. Your career is important to us, as the more our people develop getting closer to their potential, the more successful our firm is. So ensuring that the training we offer is exactly what you need is essential. Lawyers, PA’s and business services experts - everyone here has access to tailored learning to suit their skills and ambitions. Apply online by following the ‘Apply for this role’ link, using either your CV or LinkedIn profile. About BLP We are an international law firm renowned for our innovative approach to high quality, commercial, legal advice support for clients around the world. Our vision is to be the most respected law firm. We will achieve this through always exceeding our client’s expectations and being a better place to work than our competitors. We have expertise across 70 legal disciplines and our commitment to exceptional service means our clients can expect more than just our technical excellence when we work with them. Our international offering is an important part of our commitment to our clients and through our emerging markets focus and preferred firm network we are able to support them wherever they do business. All this is possible because the quality of our people. Part of our core vision is to be a better place to work than our competitors and we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent. We embrace diversity by promoting and sustaining an open, inclusive and supportive working environment. Diversity, inclusion and working differently Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our firm. At BLP we aim to create an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. We believe that our goals of always exceeding client expectations and being the most attractive place to work will only be achieved if we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability. We are wholly committed to promoting an inclusive and inspirational working environment for our employees, our most important asset, to enable our people to make the most of their particular skills, qualities and points of difference. BLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce and is supportive of flexible working arrangements, tailored to the individual, wherever possible.