Commercial Solicitor (4-6 years PQE)

  • Location: Flexible
  • Permanent

About the role

What are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced Solicitor with at least 4 years’ experience working on a wide range of commercial agreements, many of which are technology or IP-related. You will have worked with owner managed businesses, SMEs and larger organisations in relation to drafting/reviewing/negotiating a range of commercial and IT agreements, software development and licensing, Software as a Service (SaaS) and outsourcing agreements. As we work with a lot of Technology clients, a reasonable level of experience of Intellectual property and GDPR/data protection law would be expected. Work is non-contentious in nature and it’s a team of 2 Partners and 3 other fee-earners. The team has consistently increased its turnover and profile in recent years, and we are looking for a confident, outgoing lawyer who likes to get involved with business development to help with future growth as a result of the recent merger. Evidence of a following or clients who are likely to instruct you at Moore Barlow would be advantageous.

Why should you apply?

This is a great opportunity for a confident, experienced, and self-sufficient fee earner to be part of a growing team post-merger and post-Covid. The team has been recognised by the leading directories for its Commercial and Technology expertise.

Whilst likely to be based in Southampton or Guildford, we are offering flexible working in terms of home and office, but we’d need you to be able to travel to our other offices to be with the team/meet clients when required.

Our culture is open, diverse, and inclusive; it’s an environment of belonging, where people can thrive and be the best version of themselves. We strive to nurture our people and offer enjoyable, fulfilling, and sustainable careers. This includes providing the best training, great pay and rewards, and more control over work-life balance. We have introduced a new set of Values which we are seeking to embed into our newly merged culture: these have been formed with consultation across the firm so that they are meaningful and supported in order to make a difference to our people’s and clients lives.

We’ve also won awards! Named as one of the top 200 law firms in the UK in The Times Best Law Firms 2021 list, we have also been widely recognised in Legal 500 UK 2021, the UKs leading guide to law firms, as 8 of our practise areas have been ranked Top Tier. Please do look at our LinkedIn Page to find out more about our listings.

Key tasks will include:

What will you be doing?

 Working as a self-sufficient fee earner who can work well on your own as well as with others to provide expert and commercial legal advice to clients. You’ll be assisting with:

·         Managing a personal case load, working on matters from start to finish with minimal supervision

·         Assisting other Team fee earners to fulfil their case loads

·         Delegating to/supervising/mentoring junior lawyers where required

·         Working with lawyers in other disciplines, especially Corporate and Employment

·         Being flexible and prepared to support colleagues in other office locations where required

·         Assisting with marketing and business development for the department and firm including attending networking events on a regular basis

·         Cross referring clients to other departments whenever possible

·         Acting as an ambassador for the firm - recommending people to join us, encouraging contacts to become new clients

·         Helping to win new clients and create new professional relationships

·         Excellent client skills so that your clients feel advice is relevant and commercial

·         Meeting personal and team fee income targets.


What we look for:

Experience • Solicitor with a minimum of 4 years PQE and experience in/aptitude for Commercial and Technology law work (likely to include drafting/reviewing/negotiating a range of commercial agreements, IT, software licensing and outsourcing agreements) • Good drafting/negotiating skills and experience of/ability to deal with a wide and varied range of commercial and technology agreements, • Familiarity with related areas such as Intellectual Property and GDPR. • Previous experience of advising on due diligence and disclosure on corporate transactions • Pro-active and used to taking the initiative in client work and relationships • Pro-active approach to/aptitude for business development/marketing. • An ability to understand the client’s business and what motivates them as well as their objectives • Enthusiasm • Good communication skills - a good personal manner and an ability to relate to and communicate with clients and colleagues at all levels • An ability to anticipate the client’s needs and requirements and react quickly • Good technical and organisational skills • Creativity and an ability to find solutions to problems

How to apply

Interested in a career at Moore Barlow? Please send your CV and cover letter to the Human Resources team at

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