This an exciting opportunity to join the in-house legal team at Softcat. We are a small, friendly and supportive team based in Softcat’s Manchester office but we work closely with colleagues across all our offices. We cover a range of commercial work across our public and private sector customer base and the corresponding supplier and distribution network.
The continuing success of the business means the Legal team are becoming increasingly busy. We are looking for a commercial paralegal who can provide pragmatic, commercial and jargon-free legal advice to colleagues at all levels of the business.
You’ll have a proven background in providing advice on, and the negotiation of, customer and supplier contracts (including data processing provisions), ideally in the IT industry (although applicants from other backgrounds will not be rejected on that basis).
You’ll be experienced in working within a small team without the resources of a private practice lawyer, or confident enough to work on this basis with support and supervision from the rest of the team. You’ll also need to be able to work flexibly and effectively to manage a varied workload and respond to changing priorities.
What you’ll be doing
- Managing the Legal inbox
- Reviewing and negotiating customer contracts and supplier contracts based on amendments to our standard terms or customer/supplier terms and conditions
- Creating bespoke contracts where required e.g. referral agreements
- Delivering contract training to account managers and the supplier/partner management team
- Providing ad hoc legal advice e.g. advice on termination of contracts
- Supporting the development of our precedents and process improvements
What we need from you
Required skills, experience and qualifications:
- Experienced commercial paralegal
- Experience of working with commercial contracts, including drafting, preparation, review and amendment; conducting negotiations; and advising on the effect of legal provisions
- Sound technical understanding of contract and tort law
- Excellent attention to detail and organisation
- Confidence to work independently on own caseload
- Understanding of data protection provisions, including data processing/sharing agreements
- In-house experience (through employment or secondment opportunities) or otherwise able to demonstrate a good understanding of the challenges faced by in-house lawyers and how to overcome them
Further skills, experience and qualifications which would be beneficial (but not essential):
- LPC graduate and/or CILEx membership
- Experience of direct interaction with clients
- Experience in the IT sector and/or IP law
- Experience of public sector procurement, including the operation of framework agreements
- Experience of delivering legal training
- Experience of contract disputes and pre-litigation dispute resolution
- Experience of advising on the impact of Brexit on commercial transactions
- Experience of advising on contracts in other jurisdictions, including Ireland
- Experience of implementing process changes