Projects / Procurement Solicitor

Location
Manchester
Salary
£34000 - £75000 per annum
Posted
27 Apr 2018
Closes
27 May 2018
Ref
66958/66663
Contact
Emma Chisholm
Practice Area
Company/Commercial
Contract Type
Full time, Permanent

Our client is a national law firm offering a unique collection of specialisms across the commercial, public, health and insurance sectors, with offices throughout the UK. They have long-standing relationships with an impressive range of clients and aim to truly understand their needs to deliver an exceptional service which exceeds their expectations and makes their life easier.

The role

They are seeking to enhance the government and infrastructure team with two strategic appointments.

  • One junior solicitor (NQ-4PQE) who has either hands on experience of either working with public sector bodies and/or suppliers to the public sector or a strong interest and desire to learn more about the sector. This person will deliver work with a particular focus on procurement and project work.
  • A more experienced solicitor 4-10+ PQE to work across all disciplines within our team but with a particular focus on procurement and project work.

. The role will be based in our Manchester office, a small but rapidly growing part of the firm, working predominantly with a Manchester-based partner but also with team members across all of our offices.

How are we positioned?

The vast majority of the work is non-contentious commercial advice for public sector clients but they also have a strong practice advising private sector organisations that have relationships with the public sector. Their advice includes:

  • all aspects of EU procurement law, including challenges for both claimant and defendant;
  • major projects, particularly urban regeneration;
  • commercial agreements relating to collaborations, joint ventures and outsourcing;
  • alternative service delivery models, including wholly- and jointly-owned companies, mutualisation and shared services;
  • state aid;
  • vires and governance.

Examples of the type of projects the team has been recently involved in include:

  • Advising a central government department on its £100+m restructure of its IT contract provision. This has been an ongoing project over a 4 year period allowing for great working relationships with the client to be built and plenty of hands-on experience of government contracting
  • Advising a local authority on the restructuring of their service provision for housing and environmental services, moving from a joint venture with the private sector to a wholly-owned company (the contract has an annual value in excess of £18million). Work included advice on the termination of the corporate JV, setting up two wholly-owned companies, procurement and state aid, funding issues and corporate governance.
  • Advising a large local authority on the purchase of three shopping centres, including all of the property work, corporate input due to the ownership of the shopping centres being in off-shore trusts and procurement and governance advice. Purchase price was circa £50million
  • Advising a large city council on their establishment of a district heating system. Our input has included leading on the negotiation of the contract for the construction of the energy centre, setting up a group of companies, providing procurement and state aid advice, advising on the property and construction aspects of the building and the delivery of heat and electricity and tax advice. Capital costs circa £20million.
  • Advising one of the largest contractors in the country in relation to the procurement of major contracts with the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.

Responsibilities

  • managing own case load and supporting partners with matters
  • developing and taking part in marketing activities
  • role model good file and financial management
  • developing relationships within and outside the firm

Technical skills

  • experience of working as part of a team on large projects for clients
  • working with professional advisors from different disciplines
  • has experience advising on a wide range of commercial matters
  • excellent drafting skills for a wide range of commercial documents
  • able to present detailed and complex advice

Compliance

  • be familiar and compliant with the full range of regulatory policies and procedures including: equal opportunity and diversity, data protection and confidentiality/security, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering etc.
  • undertake mandatory compliance training as required

Person specification

  • work to a high standard and often to tight timescales
  • dynamic, willing to get involved in business development and marketing initiatives
  • an effective communicator and negotiator able to establish and maintain harmonious and professional relationships with clients and colleagues
  • attentive to detail
  • commercial approach
  • willing to spend time if required in the firm's other offices, or on short-term secondments with clients

awareness of the political climate that may impact on advice to the clients

Lipson Lloyd Jones Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Please note our advertisements use PQE levels purely as a guide to the minimum level of experience required. However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfill this kind of work.

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