Experienced Solicitor - Corporate Legal, Birmingham

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About PwC

We are one of the world’s leading professional service firms. Our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Our strategy is built around five priorities: 1. be technology enabled; 2. deliver exceptional value to our clients; 3. empower our people; 4. lead by example; and 5. invest in sustainable growth. We are the largest legal services network in the world by geography. We have over 3,500 lawyers in over 90 countries. We offer legal advice integrated with other non-legal
specialists from across the PwC network. Whatever the needs of our clients, we have the right people with the right expertise to solve their business needs.

About the team

Our UK Corporate legal team currently comprises 10 Partners and Directors and 35 other lawyers, 8 of which are located in our Birmingham office, working on a broad range of corporate legal work. We have significant growth plans for our legal business in the Midlands and the candidate would be joining at an exciting stage in the team’s development. A large proportion of our work is carried out alongside non-lawyers in PwC such as tax and deals advisers. This gives us access to projects that other law firms do not see. Consequently, our lawyers develop a deeper understanding of business issues and the commercial context for our advice.

About the role

The candidate would be joining a successful, busy team doing a variety of technically challenging work for high profile clients as well as given suitable scope and responsibility to supervise, develop personally and grow the practice. The candidate would be expected to have excellent project management and people skills, particularly liaising and networking with other PwC professionals, overseas counsel and clients. Typical projects which the candidate would be involved in include:

  • corporate group reorganisations, returns of value to shareholders and corporate simplification (e.g. share for share, bonus issue of shares, capital reductions, share buybacks, dividends, demergers, business transfers, etc.)

  • management incentivisation (growth shares, hurdle shares, EMI schemes)

  • shareholders’ agreements, partnership arrangements and joint ventures

  • mergers and acquisitions and legal due diligence

Essential skills and experience
  • Solicitor qualified in England & Wales with excellent academic background and significant experience following qualification

  • Clear, articulate and confident in written and verbal communication skills A solid general corporate law and private company background including experience of intra-group corporate and business structuring work and an interest in working on a broad range of corporate areas

  • Strong client service skills and the ability to work to deadlines

  • Experience and interest in supervising and managing the work of junior lawyers

  • An interest in personal professional development and learning in a supportive environment and the development of others within the team

  • Experience in project management

  • Good understanding of financial and matter management and organisational skills

  • Able to work under own initiative within a collaborative team

  • Experience in business development and networking activities