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We are looking for an experienced and ambitious Solicitor to join our team. The team currently comprises 3 people and will offer an excellent opportunity to work with leading individuals within the Firm. The right candidate will have access to excellent training, both within the team and also as part of our structured in house programmes for lawyers. The position is Cardiff based, with occasional travel to our London, Reading and Southampton offices and offers exciting opportunities for an ambitious and career minded individual to develop their skills and to build their career within a leading law firm.
You will be given access to a portfolio of high quality and rewarding finance work both leading and supporting on transactions. We offer plenty of client exposure and the opportunity to develop a strong network of client relationships.
You will be able to rely on support from team members across the firm. Our lawyer teams are also well supported by our Business Services Finance, HR, IT and Risk functions.
We are currently working remotely and will continue to work predominantly in this way on an informal basis until government guidelines change and likely beyond. So long as you would be able to come to one of our offices at least twice per week, client and team requirements depending, you will be able to undertake this role. You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support and resources that you require.
Our Banking and Finance team comprises specialist lawyers able to resource transactions from the simplest to the most complex. Our Cardiff team advises on major aspects of domestic and international banking and acts for a wide variety of lenders including clearing banks, investment and merchant banks, mezzanine and non-institutional funders. We also act for borrowers including housing associations, colleges and universities, private and public companies. The team operates across a wide range of disciplines including corporate and transactional banking, management buy-outs and buy-ins, trade finance, asset finance, insolvency and restructuring, and financial services regulation.
Blake Morgan LLP* maintains a 'responsive, commercial and results-focused' service to banks and borrowers across a range of mid-market activity throughout Wales and the UK. The team is inclusive, approachable, straightforward and engaging.*
The Legal 500 UK 2021
They are very keen to build and value local relationships‿the lawyers are good to work with and understand the clients' needs.
Chambers and Partners UK 2021
Skills / Experience Required
The firm is interested in candidates with 2- 4 years high calibre banking and finance experience, acquired at a leading national or regional law firm. Exceptional in-house candidates will also be considered.
* Confident and personable
* Strong technical competence
* Intellectual ability
* A team player
* Motivated with a can do attitude
* Good communication skills (verbal and written)
* Commercial awareness
* Committed to both a career in banking and finance and also to developing a network and career in the Cardiff area
* Committed to rigour around treating all clients fairly
* Focused on attributing dedication, determination and loyalty to colleagues, clients and communities
* Able to demonstrate continuous development and diversity in thinking
* Understands and complies with Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality
Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals.
We pride ourselves both on the depth of our deal experience and our ability to deliver specialist support resources on every aspect of a transaction. We are listed in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, which recognises UK companies dedicated to ensuring diversity in the workplace.
Our business groups are:
Banking and Finance
Commercial and Charities
Commercial Recoveries and Travel
Employment, Pensions, Benefits & Immigration
Our Culture and Environment
We pride ourselves on our Personality, which is weaved into everything we do for our staff, clients and communities alike. We have created an environment underpinned by our ACTS framework that places high value on being:
It's part of the way we like to do things. If you wish to work amongst colleagues with these behaviours, then you will find yourself amongst like-minded individuals at Blake Morgan.
We work as one team and believe in supporting our colleagues to strengthen the firm. We act honestly and openly in all that we do. We care for our communities and encourage all our people to actively participate in our sports, social and charitable activities. We foster a mature and smart flexible working environment which is family friendly. We also offer opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge and to progress within the firm via our Blake Morgan Academy.
Blake Morgan strives to create and maintain a positive, non-discriminatory work environment. We will ensure that all applications for vacancies will be considered without discrimination against any person on the basis of race, colour, religion, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or marital status. We strive to ensure that our shortlisting and interviewing panels are diverse. Further details about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion can be found here.
Some of the benefits of working at Blake Morgan include:
* 26 days' annual holiday and option to purchase 1 weeks' leave
* Birthday holiday, should your birthday fall on a working day
* Performance related bonus scheme
* Private medical insurance including access to a health advice helpline
* Auto-enrolment pension scheme (5% employer pension contribution when employee contributes 3%)
* Life assurance scheme
* Critical illness cover
* Cash Plan - claim for flu jab, health screening, optical and dental plus a range of wellbeing and health services
* Employee Assistance Programme
* Professional subscriptions
* Season ticket loan (Cardiff, London and Reading)
* Cycle to work scheme
* Discounts at leading retailers
* Volunteering leave
* Recruitment referral scheme
* Gifts at key milestones