Commercial Senior Associate

Osborne Clarke LLP
15 Sep 2018
19 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
"They are consistently impressive and very helpful." - Chambers & Partners We are looking for a Senior Associate to join our highly regarded Commercial team in the Thames Valley, focusing on high value commercial contracts and advertising law work. This is an exciting opportunity to join a Chambers and Legal 500 rated team and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive and collegiate environment. The practice Our Commercial group provides leading-edge business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinationals and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity. Our Thames Valley team has a strong reputation with large global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice. We have considerable expertise in a range of key sectors, including energy, healthcare, transport, telecoms and financial services and particularly digital business. Other areas of strength include retail and manufacturing. We are known for our outstanding expertise in advising on highly complex commercial contracts across these sectors. We have considerable expertise in a range of key sectors. In the energy sector, we have advised in relation to everything from smart meter procurements, agreements for connection to electricity distribution networks, high value procurements of essential equipment such as switchgear; to advice on the legislative framework and interpretation of Ofgem licence conditions. Our premier client base across the digital business sector, where we also enjoy a fantastic reputation, includes the likes of Microsoft, Vodafone, Freeview Connected, Deutsche Telekom, the BBC, Virgin Media, YouTube, ThomsonReuters, BT Vision, Facebook and Channel 4. In the financial services sector, another field in which we have considerable strength, our typical work includes advice on complex services agreements, including agreements for the development of new financial products and panel arrangements, for clients such as KPMG, Monitise and Towergate. In particular, we have specialist expertise in "new generation" payment services, such as mobile payments (including NFC), online payments, prepaid, virtual currencies and micro-payments. This role will also have a focus on a wide range of issues, including international software licenses and IT implementation agreements, outsourcing matters and regulatory issues for the Commercial group's technology clients. To find out more about the practice, please see the link below: The team "As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" - Chambers & Partners Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of almost 50 lawyers in total. The Thames Valley Commercial team is currently made up of 1 Legal Director, 1 Senior Associate, 2 Associates, 1 Trainee Solicitor and 2 Paralegals and it is actively expanding. The team is led by Anna Williams who is recognised in the legal directories and industry for her focus on advertising and sponsorship work as well as her focus on digital business clients. The work You will have the opportunity to work on projects in various sectors, as well as develop your expertise in technology matters. Examples of recent projects are: We continue to advise Vodafone on a range of important matters, including this year assisting with substantial outsourcing projects relating to their HR and Enterprise IT services. We continue to advise longstanding global software and IT client Micro Focus on a wide range of issues, including international software licenses and IT implementation agreements, as well as a substantial licensing dispute with one of its financial services customers. KPMG Crimsonwing Limited is KPMG's new Microsoft Azure implementation business. We were instructed by them on a major IT systems integration and outsourcing deal in relation to the management of in-cab SaaS systems for leading waste management business Biffa. We are acting for a major Japanese bank in connection with the monetisation of various IT assets. This has involved structuring ownership of our client's rights in the relevant assets, advising on the tender documentation and subsequent responses, as well as contractual terms for the exploitation of the IT assets. Osborne Clarke continues to advise the AA on a range of IT and commercial agreements related to its core insurance underwriting business for both motor and home insurance products. Our role includes assisting with software licensing and maintenance, for example in relation to claims handling software, on both an outsourced and on-premises basis, as well as advising on agreements for the provision of business critical data feeds - for example for the detection of insurance fraud or for property valuation). Advising a FTSE 100 company on the outsourcing of a significant part of its European warehousing operations. Advising household name retailers on their sales channels structures (franchises and concessions) and manufacturers on their routes to market, including agency and distribution agreements, working alongside colleagues in our European and US offices Advising a defence contractor on a long-term agreement for the provision of strategic equipment and related maintenance services Advising on a major strategic alliance and sponsorship arrangement between a well-known brand and a Formula One racing team to combine sponsorship advantages with the development of data analytic offerings. Acting for energy retailers and a DNO on a range of commercial and energy regulatory issues Hoopla is the "Netflix for libraries", allowing users to use library cards to access digital copies of films, music and books. We advised this new entrant to the UK entertainment industry on all aspects of its launch, from a website compliance exercise to its agreements with content owners. We acted for CloudTalent, a cloud advisory business, in connection with its sale to Avanade Inc. (jointly owned by Accenture and Microsoft). The acquisition is intended to strengthen Avanade's Microsoft-focused infrastructure and cloud business in the UK and its expansion of services across Western Europe. Technical skills and experience You will have a range of commercial law experience gained either at a city, national or large regional law firm recognised for its commercial law practice, or in-house. In particular you will have strong drafting skills, ideally have experience of advising on a range of commercial contracts, privacy matters and technology deals, and be able to provide concise, commercial advice to clients whilst really getting to know their sector as well as their business. Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for a Senior Associate, although we will consider candidates with less or more experience. Your career development Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with: clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress; high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure; thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues; robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure. Salary and b

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