Commercial Associate - Bristol

  • Osborne Clarke
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Jan 05, 2018
Full time Commercial Company Commercial Data Protection Information Technology Non-Contentious Outsourcing

Job Description

"They're a really solid firm that offers value for money given their level of expertise" – Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate to join our highly regarded Commercial team in Bristol.  You will have the opportunity to advise on a good spread of commercial work, spanning Technology, Privacy, IP and wider commercial projects. This is an exciting opportunity to join a top-tier Chambers and Legal 500 rated team and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive and collegiate environment.  As you progress, you will be able to choose the types of work and sectors that you wish to focus on, to build the career you want.

The practice

Our Commercial group provides leading-edge business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinationals and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity.  Our Bristol team has a strong reputation with large global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice.

We span multiple sectors, with particular focuses in Digital Business, Retail, Energy and Transport – creating opportunities for lawyers to gain experience and involvement in a variety of sectors and to develop a focus on areas of particular interest for longer term career development.

The work

Our longstanding focus on the Digital Business Sector means we work with A-grade tech and comms businesses (including EE, Vodafone, Facebook and Microsoft (confidential)) and also for businesses procuring technology solutions (with regular work for the likes of Dyson, Homebase, Ralph Lauren and Dassault Systemes)).

We have a great stream of work relating to developing areas of technology including online content licensing and streaming, social media, online advertising and online broadcasting. Privacy is another busy area, not just with GDPR but also with an increasing volume of cyber related work, Big Data, Analytics and general data exploitation opportunities. 

We also regularly manage large IP projects and transactions for clients based in Europe, the US and Asia, providing advice on brand protection strategy, trade marks and licensing issues. Our clients include leading technology companies (e.g. Bose, Vodafone, Airbus) and we regularly assist them with IP issues at the forefront of business innovation. 

You will get to work on high value, strategic commercial projects for big name brands across our sectors, too – companies like Centrica, Admiral, EE, and Arriva.  Whether it's a major outsourcing, an innovative collaboration, developing sales channels via agency or distribution networks, or a strategic, high value procurement, there will be plenty of complex, interesting commercial transactions for you to support, working closely alongside partners and senior lawyers, with plenty of client exposure.

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The team

"As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" – Chambers & Partners

Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of almost 50 lawyers in total. The Bristol team is made up of 2 Partners, 1 Associate Director, 5 Senior Associates, 4 Associates, 1 Trainee Solicitor and 2 paralegals. The Bristol practice is led by partner Lara Burch.  You will be working closely with technology partner Will Robertson as well as having the opportunity to work with other lawyers across the commercial team. 

Technical skills and experience

You will have a range of commercial law experience gained either at a city, national or large regional law firm recognised for its commercial law practice, or in-house. Within your commercial experience you will have advised on one or more of the following areas:  technology, privacy, IP, data privacy or wider commercial contracts. Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for an Associate, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.