Principal Associate - Corporate
What does the role involve?We are looking for an experienced corporate solicitor to join our Leeds office. Depending on experience, you will either support the partner and other members of the team, or you will work on your own matters, undertaking a broad mix of corporate work such as M&A, corporate finance, private equity joint ventures, fundraising, general shareholder agreements, capital markets, and general corporate advisory work.You will be part of a growing team which advises a broad range of clients, ranging from new start-ups, through to substantial private companies and PLCs, on a broad range of corporate issues and transactions, including IPOs, MBOs, fundraisings, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments and acquisitions and disposals.What experience is required?You will be an associate of ideally 5+ years qualified with experience gained in a City or large regional firm.You will have a good background in transactional work and be able to demonstrate both working as part of a team on large transactions, and/or managing smaller transactions largely unaided.What skills and attributes would I need?Essential:Good academicsTechnically strongExperience of running transactional work as the day to day fee earner on the dealExcellent drafting and verbal/written communication skillsStrong interpersonal skills and team skillsGood time and paper managementAttention to detailWillingness to take initiative and to participate in marketing activitiesGood business development skills and evidence of an ability to generate opportunities and relationships.Pre-employment screeningPlease note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to access your character and suitability.Disclosure and barring service checkThis post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.Why should I apply?The team punches above its weight but even so, it has an exceptionally strong and growing profile and success is reflected by the increasing quality of its clients.The team was shortlisted in this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards for Corporate team of the year.The firm has been named for a record sixteenth year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times' annual survey and is one of only a small number of organisations nationally to have achieved a listing for 16 years running, and the only UK law firm.We have also achieved the much sought after Three Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm's commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.What else should I know?Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.The firm is investing significantly in its Leeds office which has grown substantially over the last 12 months and will continue to do so with the intention of having at least 3 corporate partners in the Leeds office in the near future. As a result there are opportunities for ambitious individuals to develop their own careers within this framework.For more information please see the job description attached below.