18 Jul, 2018
About Gowling WLG We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence - we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world. 'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director. There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more. Working flexibly, working fairly Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse - and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm - having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively. By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team - while maintaining that all important work-life balance. About the Team Gowling WLG has one of the UK's largest dedicated and sector-focused commercial, IT and outsourcing contracts teams. You won't get bored - no two days will be the same. We advise on an entire range of commercial contracts; from large, ground-breaking outsourcing projects such as the London Olympic Stadium operating concession, to acting as a seamless extension to our clients' teams in advising on routine business contracts (Regular clients include Marks & Spencer, Tarmac, CBRE and Birds Eye). We're able to jump between these extremes because we have a substantial and specialist commercial contracts team. We typically advise on 1500 contracts each year; that's 6 contracts every working day (but don't worry, that's not just your workload!). We act for clients across a huge range of sectors including automotive, health and care, retail and leisure, telecoms, tech, food and beverage, and the public sector. Our partners are the Head of Health & Care Sector, Head of the Public Procurement, Head of the Food & Beverage Sector, Head of International Trade and Head of Data Protection. What are we specialists in? Alliancing, collaboration and commercial joint ventures, data protection, e-commerce, facilities management, property/asset management, general outsourcing and procurement, health and care services contracts, IT outsourcing and cloud arrangements, data centres, logistics and warehousing, manufacturing and supply of goods, agency, distribution and franchising. Our team consists of four partners and around 20 fee earners. We work seamlessly across all of our offices to deliver an exceptional and first class service to our clients. Find out more at gowlingwlgcareers.co.uk Main Duties and Responsibilities This team is a vibrant team with huge enthusiasm for supporting clients develop the contracts they need to build and secure their businesses. It considers itself one of the leading commercial teams in the UK . The successful candidate will be exposed to a broad range of general commercial contracts across many sectors including retail, food and drink, automotive, and life sciences. There is a diverse and interesting blend of work and the opportunity to learn and develop in this role is greater, in our view, than other commercial opportunities. Recent examples of the contracts it gets involved in include: M&S on its contact centre outsourcing contract with Capita worth more than £50m per year Argos on its pilot agreement with eBay of a new "fulfilment marketplace" network, to have goods delivered to Argos stores. TfL on the London Cycle Hire Scheme Food sector clients such as Premier Foods, United Biscuits, Hovis, Birds Eye Iglo, Tyrells Crisps on all their contract requirements small and large. London Legacy Development Corporation on the concession contract to operate the Olympic Stadium AstraZeneca on its FM and laboratory services outsourcings Smiths News on the logistics contract to deliver the Metro in London London Taxis on the sales and distribution contracts relating to the launch of its new electric taxi Tarmac on a huge variety of contracts ranging from large joint venture to routine plant hire contracts That does not mean the team only does big contracts for household names. It has a diverse practice acting for many mid and large sized businesses advising on both routine contracts and strategically important contracts. This team seeks to build relationships with its clients, providing a complete contract services - offering an efficient effective service for routine contracts and also bringing its valuable experience to deliver the important contracts. David Lowe is the partner who leads the team focusing on the private sector, non-IT commercial contracts. It involves: taking instructions, structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts; corresponding and/or liaising with clients and counter parties; working alone, subject to appropriate supervision, or as part of a team on matters according to according to their size and complexity or supervising more junior lawyers; and active role in business development - building relationships with clients, proactively seeking out business development opportunities and helping secure them, administering sales pipelines, involved in writing articles and alerts, organising events, participating in tenders and attending functions and events; running meetings; file management including delegation and supervision of tasks as appropriate; time recording, costs estimating and billing. The worktype is broad - supply/manufacture of goods, non IT outsourcing of all types (BPO, Logistics, FM etc), routes to market (agency, distribution and franchising), ecommerce and consumer law. Much of the work is private sector although we do advise on significant public sector projects where we can bring particular value. Key skills and experience A qualified solicitor with relevant experience in line with the above. Understanding and practical experience of drafting and advising on the fundamental issues of commercial contracts. We are looking for someone who is: team-spirited; commercial; robust (in negotiation); responsible and able to think on feet to assess risks and exercise sound judgement; an enthusiasm for commercial contracts; developing a track record in developing and maintaining client relationships; keen to be involved in business development; solid technical ability in the law and drafting; ambitious, flexible and positive. Equal Opportunities Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment. At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.