About Us

Wilkes is one of the leading independent medium-sized UK law firms operating from the Midlands region. We provide a wide range of specialist expertise aimed at our core clients – businesses, individuals, financiers and charities.

Our expert solicitors specialise in a wide range of legal services for both businesses and individuals. Choosing a solicitor is an important decision, and client satisfaction is at the core of everything we do.

Our aim from the outset is to become trusted advisors to our clients and consistently provide legal excellence at every opportunity.

The Team

Our team of corporate lawyers are one of the most established and well respected transaction teams outside of London. Over the last 30 years we have developed an enviable reputation for providing a first class, proactive service in relation to all corporate affairs. We are proud to serve our valued and long-established client base of local, national and international businesses (both large and small) on the full spectrum of corporate affairs.

The team typically advises on over fifty substantial M&A transactions per year in the corporate mid-market (up to £50 million deal size). We advise in accordance with best market practice on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, MBOs/MBIs, Employee Ownership, asset finance, development and start-up capital. All of our transactions are partner led.

In addition, we have an extensive track record in delivering the latest thinking on corporate tax/financial restructuring and reorganisations - such as capital reduction de-mergers, family investment companies, LLPs and joint venture companies, allowing our clients to achieve optimal positioning for both their tax and risk management.

We provide our clients with access to the real expertise and experience that you need to get to a fast, clear, cost-effective and commercial solution to achieve your objectives. We pride ourselves on building long relationships and becoming trusted advisors to our corporate clients.

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Solicitor/Associate to join our busy corporate team based in our Birmingham office. This role would ideally suit a corporate solicitor with between 3-5 years post qualification experience and will be capable of working alongside our diverse corporate partners on a broad range of matters including mergers & acquisitions, corporate disposals & exits and equity capital markets transactions.

The successful candidate will be keen to develop their skills in this area within a leading Midlands-based team, interacting effectively with colleagues and clients at every level and actively engaging in business development. The successful candidate will be able to take full advantage of the on-going comprehensive training available.

What we’re looking for

  • 3+ years PQE
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Eagerness to take responsibility
  • Proven ability to successfully manage client relationships
  • Fosters collaborative working relationships
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Focused on ongoing learning & development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

What we can offer you

As well as offering a competitive salary, we pride ourselves on creating a supportive, friendly and professionally rewarding work environment. Whist our team is busy, ambitious and we work hard, we do not have (or foster) an “excessive hours culture” found in many larger firms doing similar quality work.

We encourage and support our staff in their ongoing development, and provide ample opportunities for staff to build on their skills and experience.

We aim to provide flexibility where possible for staff in their working hours and location, and support all staff in maintaining a good work-life balance. This is underpinned by our enhanced family friendly policies, and our commitment to our staff’s mental health. We want to provide a supportive culture to allow people to thrive at work.

As a Firm, we believe we have a responsibility to make a positive impact on our local community, and we encourage all staff to participate in contributing to our local communities through our CSR initiatives.

Our benefits include:

  • 24 days annual leave plus the option to purchase additional days.
  • Matching 4% pension contributions.
  • Life Assurance of 4X base salary.
  • Discounts on personal conveyancing and wills.
  • Corporate discounts on gym memberships, restaurants and days out.
  • Annual flu jabs.

Other Information

The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks.

Details of how we handle your personal data can be found in our Candidate Privacy Notice.

How to Apply

Please forward your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]

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