Job Title: Commercial Associate Location: Crawley Salary: Competitive Job Ref: MJC/19153 This leading regional law firm is modern, non-traditional, and challenges the status quo. They aim to reinvent in and disrupt the market with their forward thinking, client-centric approach. Rated among the 50 most innovative law firms in Europe, they are making good on their promise to create a law firm their clients would design. They apply creative techniques and methodologies to suit each client's needs. Their offices are open plan, modern and inviting with a community feel. Their culture empowers staff, who really feel valued and part of something greater. The open-door policy they enjoy allows a flatter structure with less hierarchy than other firms. IT systems are cutting edge and constantly evolving. Administration and support is outstanding and differs from the norm. They aim to build partnerships with their staff and like enthusiastic, positive, challenging individuals. Legal Executives are as welcome as Solicitors and personal and professional development is encouraged and supported. Once probation is completed a mutually agreed, comprehensive development plan is drawn up so all staff know what they need to do to progress their careers. They are seeking a Commercial Associate for their office in Crawley. The team they would join provides commercial advice to in-house lawyers, their commercial colleagues and managers of businesses. They have strong expertise in technology related issues including IT function, on-line trading, IP rights management, data protection and much more. About the role: Working as part of the team on: - High level matters requiring particular expertise to bring their experience to the team. - Running caseloads and work within the team to ensure work is completed accurately. - Assisting with supervision of junior members of the team. - Providing management assistance around the financial performance of the team. - Developing propositions for clients. - Helping Partners with how work is scoped, priced and allocated. - Leading business development initiatives that conform with the Firm's strategy. Responsibilities will include: - Dealing with drafting, reviewing and negotiating trading agreements, together with supply, purchase and manufacturing agreements including joint ventures and outsourcing. - Providing advice on IT agreements, licences and SLA's both for developers and purchasers. - Advising on e-trading issues and online service solutions. - Advising on matters relating to data protection, particularly supporting initiatives on the incoming GDPRs. - Acting for a wide range of clients. - Managing a large and varied caseload with a strong commercial approach. - Playing a supporting role in building the business and developing marketing initiatives. Requirements: - 8 years PQE. - Experience of technology and IT / software contracts. - Commercial contract experience. - An understanding of protecting Intellectual Property Rights and data protection issues. - Experience working with companies and in-house counsel. - Ability to advise on technical online platforms and SaaS / Cloud computing arrangements. - Experience of working with banking or financial services, desirable but not essential. - Procurement / outsourcing contracts. - Strong IT skills with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office. - Adaptability to new IT systems and client / case management software products. - Motivated, driven and committed candidates only. - Team player. - Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. - Client focus, with a strength in building and sustaining relationships. - Commercially aware. - Must be determined to provide a truly outstanding service to clients. - An affinity with marketing and business development. - The ability to work well under pressure. Footnote: If your application is successful we will contact you to discuss the opportunity in more detail, within 72 hours of receiving your application. Due to the overwhelming application response we receive through various sources should you not hear from us within one week then please assume your application has been unsuccessful. Please be advised that if unsuccessful for this role we may keep your details in our hold file for 6 months, during which time you may be contacted for other suitable vacancies. If you do not want us to do this please call us on In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your interest in Cavendish Maine.