Commercial & Intellectual Property Lawyer, Senior Manager

London, England, gb
Company: PwC
Category: Legal Occupations
Published on 2021-06-21 18:03:53

Job description


We help our clients stay ahead of changes that impact their businesses, navigating complexity and risk. We deliver deep tax technical and legal expertise, while providing the critical context to make informed and compliant decisions. With clients ranging from multinational organisations and public sector bodies to entrepreneurs and family businesses, the work we do is diverse.

Hear from Ed Stacey, Tax People Leader about what a career in Tax could mean for you - from development, to our culture, to what we value in our people when building our team.

The IP & Commercial team within our Legal network is uniquely placed for a range of traditional and highly unusual (mostly non-contentious) legal projects. We advise businesses, from start-ups to multinational companies across every sector, accessing PwC’s extensive and diverse client-base. We enjoy an unrivalled opportunity to build deep client relationships, and to work on technically challenging and varied engagements. Our commercial and IP work often overlaps. Typical commercial work might vary from traditional contract drafting, review and negotiation to assisting large groups to working on large global group reorganisations. These reorganisations involve helping clients to work out how major operational changes might impact them from a legal perspective, with responsibilities (amongst others) for changes to their international supplier and customer relationships and putting in place new (often complex) intragroup agreements to reflect the new model. In other projects, we might review a client’s key contracts to assess them (and how they enter into them) against best practice. The team is also home to our IP expertise, and the range of work is equally extensive. We regularly advise on protecting IP and on a range of IP contracts (licences, franchises etc), as well (to a lesser extent) on IP disputes. Working with other (non-legal) IP experts around PwC, we also have an unparalleled practice advising on IP structuring (reorganising IP portfolios), analysis, commercialisation and risk reviews. Following the events of the last year, PwC has radically changed its approach to working, introducing a hybrid model of office and remote working, as well as flexible hours. You will have unprecedented freedom to design your own working day around your own, your clients’ and our team’s needs. With more than 3,700 legal specialists in over 100 countries, our legal services network is one of the most extensive in the world, connecting you with talented professionals to leverage and learn from throughout your career with us.

The role

  • Responsibilities will include drafting contracts and advising on a diverse range of commercial law issues. As our team is also responsible for Intellectual Property, our work might also involve (mostly non-contentious) IP advice; typically this will be drafting IP agreements or analysing IP ownership. As such, familiarity (or preferably good experience) with IP is also useful. It would be of particular interest if you have had exposure to intragroup contracting and/or working alongside non-legal professionals, but this is not essential. Experience of competition law is also of interest but not a requirement.
  • As a senior manager, you will have the opportunity to lead large, international projects, having main responsibility for the legal workstream and for advice in our areas. It is also likely that you will have been involved with managing a portfolio of clients and doing some work winning activities.
  • As we want to grow the practice, you will also have the chance to build your own practice, with quite a lot of flexibility over the areas of focus and type of client base you want to develop. Any experience you have of winning work and building networks will be useful, but we have plenty of support and guidance to help you learn to do this or build your skills.
  • Essential skills and experience

  • Qualified Lawyer (England & Wales, or with substantial experience practising in England & Wales)
  • Draft and negotiate complex contracts, giving commercial law advice and, if possible but not essential, advising on non-contentious IP and/or competition issues.
  • Excellent legal analysis, and an interest in technically challenging projects, and an intellectual curiosity about how businesses work, and what drives their value.
  • Be actively involved in business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new/existing clients, or have a willingness to develop these skills
  • Manage and deliver large projects by developing the project team, assessing engagement risks throughout, driving conclusions, and reviewing / challenging the output produced by the team
  • Shape and deliver projects to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients and our own quality criteria
  • Train, coach, and supervise team members
  • Build networks and develop internal relationships, with a view to developing your PwC brand
  • Finally, importantly, the role will involve supervising and helping to develop a (currently small) team of talented junior lawyers.

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