We are seeking to appoint a senior associate with c. 8 years + PQE to support and develop our thriving trusts practice as part of the wider Charity & Social Enterprise team.

The firm

Bates Wells’ top ranked Charity and Social Enterprise department has a stand out reputation in the sector. Widely regarded as a pioneering firm, our approach is strategic, practical, commercial and characterised by a willingness and ability to challenge and innovate.
Our clients include small grassroots organisations, household name charities, international NGOs, family and corporate foundations as well as charities that position themselves as social enterprises due to their commercial activities. Their work covers every area of activity including children and young people, education, the arts, disability, animal welfare, the environment, human rights, social enterprise, social finance and faith.

As the only UK law firm to be independently certified as a B Corporation, our commitment to positive social impact lies at the very heart of our business. We are a firm for people creating positive impact and seek people attuned to our purpose and values. We provide a uniquely friendly, supportive and flexible environment. We welcome applications from those wishing to work flexibly, including part time and/or an element of home working.

The role

This exceptional opportunity working directly with lead partner Laura Soley, two associates, a solicitor and a trainee, will cover a broad range of charity law and governance issues, particularly those involving complex charitable trusts and endowments, Royal Charter bodies and statutory charities. It may also involve advising on charity legacies. Candidates should have at least 8 years relevant experience of advising trusts and, though not essential, it is also desirable for candidates to have experience in general private client, wills and probate.

We encourage our lawyers to pursue their personal interests through their practice, develop management skills through supervising junior fee earners, contribute to business development and work cross-departmentally through our wide range of exceptionally strong sector groups.

There is also the opportunity to supervise junior fee earners, participate in business development and contribute to knowledge management. Our salaries are commensurate with hours and billing targets of a firm our size. We are committed to offer flexibility and responsibility to our lawyers as well as providing a good work-life balance.
Required skills and experience

The role requires a self-motivated trusts specialist with the ability to excel at multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 8 years PQE gained in a reputable firm. Though this is principally a trusts role there will be the opportunity to develop other areas of expertise in line with personal interests and client demand. Our practice is extremely diverse, including establishment and charity registration, regulatory issues, fundraising, grants, mergers, incorporations, spin-outs, governance, commercial contracts, trusts, social finance, data privacy, elections and campaigning. Accordingly we offer opportunities to undertake both advisory and transactional work at the very cutting edge of charity and social enterprise law, supported by a comprehensive training programme and specialist PSL team.

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How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and covering letter, addressed to Ria Dean, to recruitment@bwbllp.com (Ref HR555) by 7 June 2019 and include details on your current package – base salary, bonus/commission arrangements and your benefits package. Applications will not be processed without the above information.

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