Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas.
With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.
Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple : we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.
We set out to truly understand our clients’ needs and help realise their ambitions.
We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-
lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.
Our Charities and Social Enterprise Team sits within the firm’s Corporate department, and comprises specialists in charity law and regulation.
The team is multi-disciplinary, advising charity clients on matters relating to all aspects of their constitutional, governance and operational needs.
Top Tier Legal 500 2017 : The service from Birketts LLP is genuinely excellent, prompt and well informed’. The specialist charities and social enterprise team has superb expert knowledge’ and works cross-
office, bringing together capabilities from practices such as employment, property, corporate and dispute resolution.
Purpose of job
This is a great opportunity to join a growing practice area with an excellent reputation, offering good career prospects for the right candidate.
You will be joining a relatively new practice area within the firm, which highly regarded, very busy and rapidly expanding.
You will primarily provide support to and work closely with a highly experienced and senior charity law specialist in our Ipswich office on core areas of charity law and governance, but you will be involved in all aspects of the multi-
disciplinary and cross-office Charities and Social Enterprise Team. Full participation in business development will also be expected, and travel to other locations and offices will also occasionally be required.
Working for one of East Anglia's leading law firms, our lawyers are engaged in the highest quality work in a region of outstanding natural beauty.
Our lawyers are proactively supported throughout their careers with an established career progression framework, technical and business skills training programmes and PSL support.
The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, ambitious, energetic, and must have a genuine interest in charity law. The successful candidate will join a rapidly growing practice, and will need to be confident in advising clients directly, as they will be expected to lead on their own matters (with appropriate support and supervision) in addition to providing support on more complex matters led by senior fee earners.
They will also be involved in a range of business development activities, including attending networking and other BD events, supporting on tenders / pitches, and writing sector-
relevant articles for our own and external publications.
Strong technical drafting, research and communication skills, with good attention to detail and a commercial / pragmatic approach are essential qualities, as is the ability to deliver a strongly client-
focussed service, giving clear, timely and practical legal advice on often complex, technical areas of charity law and regulation.
Prior experience of charity law is not essential, but candidates must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in becoming a charity law specialist.
Work includes advising on setting up new charities, incorporating existing charities, advising on structuring social enterprise projects, advising on trustees’ powers, interpreting historic constitutional and other documents to identify restrictions affecting charity assets, updating constitutional documents, advising on charity mergers, fundraising arrangements, commercial contracts, Charity Commission investigations, governance and a range of other technical questions of charity law and regulation.
Candidates with good quality experience of either corporate / commercial or private client work (in particular, trust law) who have a desire to specialise in charity law would be suitable for the role.
Qualifications / Experience
We are ideally seeking a solicitor of NQ - 2 years’ experience gained within a well-regarded city, regional or national firm, with a well-
developed or progressing knowledge of core corporate / commercial law (i.e. a good understanding of company law and contract law, experience updating articles of association, advising on structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, group re-
organisations, and commercial contracts) and / or trust law (including drafting trust deeds, advising on powers and trustee duties).
Experience of charity law would be helpful, but is not essential, as the successful candidate will be working closely with a highly experienced and senior charity law specialist in the Charities and Social Enterprise team, who will be responsible for the candidate’s charity law training and supervision.
Any information regarding PQE is provided for guidance only, and will not be determinative in the recruitment decision. Any applicant with more or less PQE than that mentioned in the vacancy details will be considered on their individual merits.
Competitive salary (dependent on experience / ability) and benefits, including pension scheme, private medical insurance, permanent health insurance, life assurance, bonus scheme, holiday from 25 days, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers.
We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience.
All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.