04 Jul, 2024

Commercial and Corporate Finance - Team Leader

  • Birkett Long
  • Hybrid (Essex, UK)
Full time Lawyer Solicitor Partner

Job Description

The Firm

Based in Essex, with offices in Chelmsford, Basildon and Colchester, Birkett Long focuses on people – our clients, our employees, our business partners and those in our local communities.

We are a modern-thinking Legal 500 law firm, and this is an ideal opportunity to join a successful and thriving practice. 

The Role

This is a unique opportunity for a driven and experienced Solicitor to join and lead our highly regarded multidisciplinary Commercial and Corporate Finance Team.  

Our Team handles a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions with values exceeding £20m. We now have an exciting opening that has arisen due to succession planning and restructuring to recruit a new Team Leader. The team consists of a mixture of highly qualified senior lawyers and junior lawyers. The Commercial and Corporate Finance Team also includes Birkett Long’s regulatory offering, which continues to grow and offers new and exciting opportunities to develop new and existing client relationships.

The team operates across Birkett Long’s three offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon whilst also complementing the Firm’s London initiatives. 

As Team Leader, the successful candidate will be granted a discounted fee target to acknowledge the time and commitment required to manage and develop a Team.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead and develop the existing team whilst also identifying areas for growth and new revenue streams. The role will require excellent communication skills and the ability to nurture business partner relationships. The role will involve marketing and business development, and therefore, the ideal candidate must be flexible enough to work outside normal office hours and be comfortable attending a range of marketing events and progressing a variety of business development initiatives.

Looking to the future, and ongoing succession planning there is an opportunity for additional recruitment into the team, which would give the successful candidate the chance to mould the team and create their own identity. 

This opportunity has fantastic potential and for the right candidate and presents a clear pathway to an equity position within the firm’s partnership.

The firm has a progressive and flexible working culture, which includes the opportunity to work from home and flexibly throughout the day in accordance with the Firm’s guidelines and policies. However, it is important that the individual develops and maintains strong relationships with all members of the team across all of the firm’s offices. 

Birkett Long boasts a strong corporate social responsibility and voluntary, community and charitable work is encouraged. The candidate will, therefore, have the possibility of pursuing charitable interests as work commitments allow. 

The role will be focused on the following:

  • Leading a highly successful and motivated team;
  • Coaching and mentoring a team of lawyers and support staff;
  • Developing a team strategy and plan for growth;
  • Reporting to the senior management team;
  • Identifying training needs amongst team members;
  • General corporate commercial work including:
    • Share sale and purchases;
    • Asset sale and purchases;
    • Management Buy Outs;
    • Employee Ownership Trusts;
    • Demergers;
    • Share re-organisations;
    • Shareholder agreements;
    • Share buy backs;
    • Employee share schemes;
    • Joint Ventures;
    • Partnerships;
    • LLPs;
    • Corporate Governance;
    • Directors Duties;
    • General Commercial Contracts.

The Candidate

We welcome applications from prospective candidates who are committed to delivering exceptional client service, developing, and maintaining professional relationships and those who can actively lead a team of colleagues in line with the firm’s objectives.

You will have the ability to lead and manage a professional services team, delivering excellent client and team communication skills, and able to demonstrate a proven track record of success and a desire to play a key role in the future development of the team.  

This role is an excellent opportunity for progression. The candidate will be well supported in their personal development.

Birkett Long offers a competitive package, details of which can be found here what do we offer? - Birkett Long Solicitors

Staff Type

Legal Staff


PQE 6-9, PQE 10+, PQE Partner

Competitive Salary



Commercial, Corporate

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