• Partner- Commercial & Technology

    Job Locations UK-Bath | UK-London | UK-Oxford
    Job ID
    Corporate & Commercial
    Permanent Full-Time
    Dependent on experience and business case
  • About the Role


    Technology is changing how we all live and work. In order for us to help our clients stay ahead of the curve we are looking for a Partner to join our Corporate & Commercial team to specialise in dealing with technology and Intellectual Property work, as well as wider commercial contracts work.


    You will look to grow, develop and manage Technology and IP work with an aim to build the business whilst maintaining a consistent level of excellent client service. You will work closely to support the Head of Department and Business Manager in achieving the Business Plan. To have responsibility for line managing and growing the Technology & Media team.


    Duties will include:


    • To carry out IP and IT work and heavy weight commercial contract work generally, but with a particular focus on the technology & media sector. Act as a recognised expert in your discipline/sector
    • Manage a client review process and introduce changes based on feedback; run effective client/ referrer development plans
    • Identify and manage professional risk for yourself and the team, ensuring appropriate systems and processes are adhered to.
    • Develop Technology & IP work and general heavy weight commercial contract work within the Corporate & Commercial department with an aim to build the business and sector specialism across Royds Withy King.
    • Expand your area of business by broadening your area of expertise into new client sectors/markets or achieving greater market share
    • Lead on the generation of thought leadership based on changes in the law, market trends or other relevant material to attract new opportunities
    • Cement and grow networks internally and externally to refer business to the department and to the firm.
    • Support pitch teams by attending pitches, writing materials and preparing documents.
    • Provide leadership and management for the Technology & IP team, setting SMART objectives and providing to support to help the team achieve these.

    • Actively manage performance within your team
    • Responsible for managing and supervising work in the team to achieve all financial and non-financial KPIs. Use management information to understand the performance of self and team

    • Ensure profitability on matters for self and team through understanding the contractual basis on which legal services are provided, including how to calculate and manage costs and bill clients.

    • Understand the key challenges in the sector and implement ways to improve business performance through innovative practices


    The role can be based in any of our offices - Bath, London, Oxford or Swindon.


    About You



    Skills & Experience:

    • Qualified Solicitor with experience operating as a senior fee earner
    • Strong knowledge and practice of IP and IT law and wider commercial law, particularly in relation to commercial contracts. The role is for non-contentious contract law specialist but a working knowledge of contentious IP law would be an advantage.
    • Clear business plan for growth proposition within the technology & IP department
    • Strong client management skills with a focus on delivery of excellent client service
    • Excellent business developer with a proven ability to convert business development activity into work
    • Ability to lead and manage a small team

    Leadership Behaviours:

    • Lead by Example- Is a role model for living Royds Withy King Values and provides clarity for others about current and future business direction
    • Has Positive Impact & Influence- Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, builds strong internal and external relationships
    • Manages Performance & Contribution- Able to optimise the talent, expertise and experience of team members in meeting organisational and individual objectives
    • Coaches & Develops Others-Plays an active part in nurturing and developing people, has a positive expectation of others’ ability to learn grow and develop
    • Manages Change and Ambiguity- Responds positively to new and changing requirements, supports and inspires others through change
    • Focuses on Innovation and Developing the Brand and Business- Demonstrates creative thinking keeping the client at the heart of ideas and innovates to grow the business



    About Us

    Royds Withy King is a UK Top 100 law firm with robust commercial, private client, personal injury and clinical negligence practices. It has the combined expertise of over 480 staff across offices in London, Bath, Oxford and Wiltshire and is a founding member of the international network of independent law firms, Interleges.


    Royds Withy King uses its experience to put clients ahead of the curve and places client relationships at the heart of everything it does. Royds Withy King achieved eight top tier rankings in The Legal 500 2017 and 39 lawyers were ranked as ‘Leaders in their Field’ in Chambers & Partners UK 2018, both leading guides to the law.


    The firm is proud to be ranked for the last five years as a Sunday Times 100 Best Mid-Size Company to Work for. Royds Withy King also received a three star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation from Best Companies in 2017 – one of just six UK law firms to have done so.


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