We are looking for a solicitor with a particular interest in contentious intellectual property and commercial litigation work to join our team. The ideal candidate will have strong litigation skills with a proven track record of taking a leading role on High Court disputes. In line with our approach at this level of qualification, the role will work across IP, commercial, litigation and sports law, but will have a bias towards contentious work for a range of interesting, high profile and/or fast growth clients.
The role may suit someone with particular skills in one of the above areas, who now wants to gain wider experience with a mixed, interesting and high-value caseload moving forward. Experience in intellectual property disputes would be beneficial, but is not essential for the right candidate.
Brandsmiths is a boutique law firm with offices in Manchester and London providing specialist legal advice to IP rich businesses and individuals.
Our clients include established brands such as BMW, Microsoft, Umbro, Trivago, Speedo, Lacoste, Entertainment One, Bremont, Cinch, Black and Decker, Supreme and Beverly Hills Polo Club, as well as fast growth businesses like Pure Gym, Missguided, Vinted and LadBible. In sport, we have considerable experience advising sporting clubs including Leeds United, QPR and Oldham Athletic as well as high profile individuals such as Sir Mo Farah, Roberto Carlos and David Haye.
We pride ourselves on offering a supportive and collegiate atmosphere.
We focus on:
- Intellectual Property: protecting, exploiting and enforcing IP rights for brands
- Sport: using regulatory expertise to help sporting clubs and talent
- Commercial litigation: applying strategy and legal knowledge to get the best result
- Corporate/Commercial: helping IP rich businesses get to where they want to be
- Media & Privacy: protecting the reputations of brands and celebrities
Current workloads mean we have a requirement for an experienced solicitor who has excellent litigation skills and is able to work as a senior member of a team involving a Partner, taking a key role in the team on larger cases and running smaller matters with lots of autonomy. The role may suit someone who already has both commercial and intellectual property litigation experience, or a solicitor who has specialised more in one area but wants to have a more mixed, interesting and high-value caseload moving forward. We encourage autonomy and you will have room to make the role your own. You will progress based on merit, with a clear path to promotion for the right candidate.
You must have top class legal, technical and soft skills, demonstrating the right level of experience for your qualification to carry out this role.
You will be expected to be able to work proactively, with appropriate supervision, and so should be able to demonstrate experience in letters of claim, issuing claims and managing litigation through to, and including, trial. You will be expected to supervise more junior staff as a key senior member of the team.
Personality is important at Brandsmiths. You will need to work within a tight-knit team and demonstrate an ability to build relationships within the business and with clients. You will be supervised by senior lawyers, but will also be expected to supervise and mentor more junior staff to assist in their development and progression.
You should be goal orientated, driven, comfortable dealing directly with clients and welcome opportunities to develop business. You will be encouraged to grow your network and, in time, build a client base of your own.
Travel to our other office may occasionally be required, and cross-office working is always encouraged.