14 Jan, 2020

Corporate and Commercial Lawyer

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Queen Square, Bristol, UK
Other Lawyer Solicitor Legal Executive

Job Description

Working in our growing Corporate + Commercial team, you will develop and maintain links with new and existing clients, and undertake all elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the firm’s growing capability in the provision of commercial legal services.

This department was established in 2017 and has grown rapidly since then, both in terms of the size of the team and the volume and quality of client work. The team comprises one partner who heads up the department, three lawyers and one legal secretary. We are looking to recruit another solicitor in order to meet increasing client work demands and assist with the continued growth of the team.

This position will suit a junior lawyer who’s looking to gain hands-on experience with plenty of client contact, or a more senior lawyer wanting something a little different in terms of opportunities and challenges with the ability to influence matters within the team and the firm more widely.

Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market, both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and business clients, but also as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer. Barcan+Kirby prides itself on promoting the work/life balance of employees and both the firm and the team are fully supportive of flexible working arrangements.

Key responsibilities

You will undertake all elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work including:

  • Share sales and purchases
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Share buybacks and general corporate law advice
  • Partnership agreements and advice
  • Terms and conditions of business, and other commercial agreements (e.g. distribution, services, franchising agreements)
  • General commercial law advice including for retainer clients
  • Liaising with and coordinating input of other departments into matters
  • Providing advice to other departments, e.g. commercial property, employment, commercial disputes, probate
  • Developing know-how and precedents for the team

Business development work, in conjunction with the established Marketing department

  • Attending internal and external networking events
  • Developing sources of work and maintaining relationships with existing contacts and clients
  • Identifying and driving forwards areas for growth
  • Involvement in marketing strategies and initiatives
  • Developing blogs and marketing material for the department
  • Cross department working to raise profile of the work undertaken by the team and identify cross-selling opportunities

Knowledge and experience


  • Previous experience as a Corporate and Commercial lawyer
  • Business development skills: knowledge and experience of networking as a business development tool
  • Sound technical legal skills and subject matter expertise


  • Experience of the Bristol market



  • Qualified Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive with a minimum of two years PQE*

Skills and competencies

Team orientation


  • Thrives working as part of a team and helps and supports others
  • Embraces change and challenges, and has the ability to respond to external influences and a changing business environment


Management experience

  • Able to identify and implement improvements to ways of working within the team and across the firm



  • Able to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views
  • Can communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • Able to convey information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with language appropriate to the audience

Management of themselves and others


  • Able to organise their own work within deadlines and to agreed standards
  • Able to motivate themselves and be fully productive without being prompted
  • Able to balance tasks and structure own workload to make best use of time and resources


  • Takes a long-term view, sets goals for the future, and takes a strategic perspective

Customer focus


  • Solutions focused and proactive in progressing matters and obtaining results
  • Responds promptly within agreed service level standards
  • Anticipates clients’ future requirements, understands business objectives and commercial realities and takes a client focused pragmatic approach
  • Takes ownership of any problems and maintains contact with client until they are resolved

Results orientation


  • Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality
  • Shows initiative in improving results
  • Focuses on getting things finished, persists until the job is done
  • Ability to work calmly and to maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of deadlines and/or changing objectives

Problem solving


  • Focuses on detail and is methodical, organised and systematic in their approach
  • Able to view problems and solutions from a range of perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making
  • Able to use own initiative in making sound decisions


  • Generates new ideas, enjoys being creative and thinks of original solutions

Location and working hours

  • This can be a full-time or part-time role
  • Full-time working hours are 9.00am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break)
  • You will be based at our Queen Square office

Closing date

Applications for this role close on Friday 7th February 2020.


PQE 2  

Competitive Salary



Commercial,   Corporate  

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