I provide legal support for the company commercial team of solicitors. My role is to help to make sure the clients receive the solutions they need on time. Jobs are fast moving especially transactional work which always comes with pressures.
Typically I am focused on:
I help the partners run the transactional work. Most of the transactions involve the purchase or sale of businesses and investment rounds. In the background, there is always a mass of compliance work which has to be dealt with and I do just that. If compliance is not dealt with the jobs will not complete. The work ranges from reviewing commercial documents to spot the problems we need to resolve, dealing with due diligence and disclosure through to handling completion and the movement of funds.
I do spend time helping start ups to start up. My work includes designing articles, shareholders’ agreements and investment documentation. I work on applications to HMRC for advanced assurance from HMRC that the business can qualify for SEIS or EIS. The team also designs share incentive plans for employees and I help with the implementation.
The commercial team is always very busy and I am called in to support the work loads fairly frequently. Areas I cover include:
- Assisting the team on the commercial issues they handle. This can range from litigation support to commercial contract reviews. As a junior my work stream is broad.
- I work on cases involving intellectual property enforcement. I work with clients who want to stop infringement of their intellectual property. On the flip side I help clients who have been accused to infringement to defend them. My role is to look to see if there are any alternatives to going to court via more effective dispute resolution methods.
Why I love my job
I enjoy tackling issues faced by businesses and the feel of satisfaction when a solution has been found and implemented. I enjoy dealing with people and get to meet a great variety in this role which is always interesting.