- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
About PwC Legal
We're the largest legal services network in the world by geography. We have over 3,500 lawyers in 90 countries and immigration law services in 116 countries. We offer a unique style of integrated legal advice, with access to specialists from across the whole of the PwC network. Whatever our client’s commercial project, we have the right people with the right expertise to solve their business needs.
We are one of the world’s leading professional service firms, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make. Demonstrating genuine leadership is more important to us than size or short term revenue growth.
To achieve our aim to be recognised as the ‘the leading professional services firm’ we must be innovative, responsible and attract outstanding people.
Our strategy is therefore built around five priorities - 1. be technology enabled;
2. deliver exceptional value to our clients;
3. empower our people;
4. lead by example;
5. invest in sustainable growth.
About the team
Our Corporate legal team in the UK consists of 11 partners and directors and c.50 other fee earners. The team also includes a banking and finance team and a number of trainees and paralegals.
The team work on a broad range of corporate legal work, including international private company mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, joint ventures, buy-side and sell-side legal due diligence and international corporate restructuring projects. [Keith Bottomley, a director in the Corporate team, leads our Energy, Utilities and Resources focused corporate practice.]
We work on a wide range of corporate projects across the specialisms covered by our group. A large proportion of our work is carried out alongside non-lawyers in PwC such as tax and deals advisers. Not only does this give us access to projects that other law firms don't see, but it has helped our lawyers develop a deeper understanding of business issues and the commercial context for our advice. Unquestionably, PwC is one of the best known businesses in the world; the PwC brand attracts top tier businesses and many of our clients are household names.
PwC has aspirations to continue growing its Legal offering and the growth of the Corporate practice is a significant part of these plans.
About the role
Being a small and busy team, there is a variety of work and there is the opportunity to get involved in technically challenging projects for high profile clients in a meaningful way where you are valued and given responsibility within a suitably supported learning framework.
Typical projects which the relevant person will get involved in might include corporate group reorganisations (domestic and international), joint ventures, shareholders agreements and LLP deeds, mergers and demergers, sales and purchases of privately owned businesses, advising on returns of value to shareholders (share buybacks and other returns of capital), advising on VC and PE investment rounds and capital raisings, private placements, growth capital, pre and post-sale advice and management and wider employee incentive plans.
The successful candidate(s) will be energetic, enthusiastic and keen to embrace the challenge of turning their hand to many different types of corporate work rather than doing similar deals time and time again. The nature of working so closely alongside professionals in PwC's various teams across London and the regions, as well as worldwide, leads to an incredibly diverse range of work that the team is asked to assist with. We also have team members out on secondment to high profile clients in the UK and overseas.
A high level of technical competence is expected as well as knowledge of the mechanics of corporate transactional work.
Each member of the team is encouraged to develop relationships with clients and with the professionals in PwC with whom we work on a daily basis.
You will be expected to run certain matters under the supervision of one of the Corporate partners or directors and to work closely alongside the other fee earners in the team.
Organisational skills and the ability to take on significant levels of responsibility on transactions will therefore be key attributes. A desire to network and build relationships within PwC and with clients is also important.
Essential skills and experience
Who we’re looking for
- Qualified solicitor in England & Wales or equivalent common law jurisdiction, with relevant post-qualification experience
- A solid general corporate law and private company M&A background.
- Significant experience working on M&A and general corporate projects for Energy market participants
- Experience of intra-group corporate and business structuring work.
- An interest in working in a variety of corporate areas.
- Strong client service skills.
- Significant experience