UK/Remote - Contracts Specialist (Associate level)

PQE: 2 years +
Term: Permanent
Reports to: Client Team Leads & Client Relationship Partner
Practice group: Helix
Location: UK/Remote
Purpose of role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for bright and ambitious lawyers with 2+ PQE to join a relatively newly formed dedicated team to work in innovative new ways for one of the UK's best-loved and most iconic retail brands.
Dentons Helix is a new practice group looking to make a difference in the legal industry. We deliver excellent legal services and insightful data to support our clients by using a combination of legal, technological, and operational specialists to define a new standard for best practice.
Our client has entrusted Dentons to manage the requirements of their commercial contract and enter into a genuine long-term partner relationship. Given the extensive nature of our client's business and its innovative and dynamic approach, the work (which will encompass commercial contracts, technology, and outsourcing agreements, third-party supplier arrangements, and other contracts relating to its business operations) will undoubtedly be varied, challenging, and engaging. This is a unique role that will see you supervising a team of lawyers and paralegals as well as working directly with business partners and helping to develop and grow the service offering.
We have built a dedicated hybrid-working team to support this work, which will work alongside our Band 1 ranked Technology, Media, and Telecoms (TMT) team as well as the client's in-house legal function. Given the focus of the team, this opportunity will be ideal for lawyers and paralegals who wish for an alternative experience. In particular:

  • Due to the single client focus and the nature of the team, these roles will provide greater certainty and flexibility of working hours;
  • This role will provide the opportunity to work with one client as a core part of its legal function, enabling the successful candidates to gain a deeper understanding of the client's business and a closer working relationship with the client's in-house team;
  • Whilst this is a dedicated team, the successful candidates will work alongside the UK TMT team and benefit from their training, materials, and know-how.

We are looking for 2+ PQE lawyers with general commercial contracts, technology/outsourcing, and intellectual property experience.
This is a great opportunity to join one of the leading teams in the UK and work with a really exciting client. The role offers excellent experience, training, and genuine career development prospects.
We welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time or part-time opportunities.

Responsibilities

You will work as part of a team to deliver the full spectrum of commercial contract requirements for our client. This will include drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts as well as providing advice on contracts or other queries. Through newly established ways of working, including an increased emphasis on technological solutions, you will be supported in taking full ownership of contracts, giving greater responsibility than is available in traditional private practice teams. Our approach is to create a supportive environment by working collaboratively as part of a team whilst also encouraging team members to operate with a degree of independence.
You will work closely with other members of this dedicated team as well as the in-house legal function at our client. The department has a strong teamwork ethic and a first-class client management approach. It is essential that candidates are team players and committed to developing personally and professionally. A determination to deliver high-quality focused services to our clients is essential, as is maintaining and developing client relationships. Successful candidates will be people with energy and enthusiasm who want to become one of the top teams in the country, working hard to provide the highest levels of client service whilst at the same time valuing having fun being part of a supportive and collegiate team.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Candidates who are qualified solicitors:

  • Strong academic record, including a degree or equivalent
  • 2+ PQE
  • Having experience working on general commercial contracts
  • Candidates are expected to have technology awareness
  • Having experience working on similar work for sophisticated clients is desired
  • Exceptional drafting skills and legal research ability

Personal attributes

  • Dedicated to exceptional client service
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills, coupled with good business awareness
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and drive
  • You will be a team player and sociable
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • The ability to prioritize and multi-task, particularly when working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • A methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy
The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner, and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture that respects individual differences.
We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

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If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.
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