We are recruiting for a Legal Director to join our Government and Trade team. This vacancy has arisen in due to the ongoing growth of our busy practice, and the role will report into Caroline Ramsay, a Partner who leads our International Trade team.

The firm’s GAT Practice is made up of three distinct but complementary teams – the Procurement Team, the Public Contracts Team, and the International Trade Team. 

The GAT practice is part of the firm’s Commercial Services Group, which is led by partner, Bill Hull. The GAT Practice has 6 partners and 13 specialist lawyers operating out of multiple different TLT offices across the UK. Our GAT lawyers were well-versed in agile and remote working across different geographical locations long before COVID-19 required this. For that reason, we are location agnostic regarding the base office for this role and successful candidate.

Your Role

This role will provide exposure to some of the highest profile and most significant Government and competition projects in the UK and internationally. It will afford the opportunity to the successful candidate to further enhance their expertise in a broad range of trade law and competition work across both the public and private sectors.

The successful candidate will be working with and supporting clients such as:

  • Central government departments
  • Non department public bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Private and third sector organisations providing services into the public sector

The type of work and projects that the candidate will work on is broad in scope and will involve advising on:

  • Free trade agreement and other international treaty negotiations
  • International trade law advisory (including WTO rules, free trade agreements, trade remedies, export controls and sanctions rules)
  • Subsidy control advisory (under the UK domestic regime, Northern Ireland Protocol and the WTO rules)

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be the day-to-day project lead in a variety of trade projects. This will include, for example, managing a multidisciplinary, transatlantic team providing legal advisory services to a sovereign government engaged in bilateral treaty negotiations. This will require the candidate to lead on the drafting of the legal advice notes to support the client in negotiations and co-ordination and oversight of legal advice obtained from foreign law firm subcontractors as well as wider multidisciplinary team supporting individual chapter negotiations.

The candidate will be expected to support the GAT Partners with practice and business development activities, including the preparation of tenders for new business opportunities and client training.

As a senior member of the practice, the successful candidate will be expected to mentor and manage junior GAT lawyers, contributing to training and skills development as well as day to day supervision.


Your Skills and Experience

We are seeking candidates with 5- 8 years PQE with the requisite skills and experience gained within private practice, the public sector or in-house. Applicants with appropriate experience outside this PQE range will also be considered.

  • You must be a Qualified Solicitor (SRA or Law Society Registered), already operating at a Senior level
  • Have a proven track record in business development and maintaining strong client relationships
  • Experience of supervising and/or managing a small team
  • Demonstrate first class communication skills with the ability and confidence to engage with clients and colleagues at all levels
  • Ability to confidently provide strategic advice to a variety of TLT clients
  • Be an active, senior member of the team at TLT, with the commitment to developing the firm’s offering locally and nationally

Your Team

The TLT International Trade team currently has a team of 5 lawyers, led by one partner.   An additional Associate (a newly qualified lawyer) will be joining the team in March.  In addition to this team, there will also be an opportunity for the candidate to work with our strategic foreign law firm partners.

Further to our appointment to the post-Brexit trade law panel early in 2021 with our fellow Artis consortium members (US firm McDermott Will & Emery and Canada’s Borden Ladner Gervais), we offer the UK government access to exceptional understanding and experience in international trade law, backed by a substantial UK presence and extensive experience in advising central government across a multitude of UK and EU matters.

To date, the consortium has been awarded a contract by the UK’s Department for International Trade to advise it on the upcoming free trade agreement negotiations with India.  It has also been appointed to advise the DIT on the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and two bilateral free trade agreements with Canada and Mexico in August 2021.

About TLT

Fast paced, fast growing and forward thinking, TLT is the law firm that helps clients stay one step ahead, and we do the same for our people.

We work with high profile clients in innovative sectors. With local, national and international reach, we have over 1,200 people in offices across the UK and a network of partner firms across Europe, India and the US. In 2021 we were named The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, recognising our incredible success story.

Our purpose is to protect, prepare and progress our clients for what comes next and it’s essential that we do the same for our people, our planet and our communities too. In our open and collaborative culture, we encourage everyone to be their whole self, to have a voice and to contribute. 

Our Benefits

We value our employees highly and we want you to feel valued. You’ll receive a competitive salary with an annual pay review. You will also have access to an extensive range of benefits via our flexible benefits scheme including 25 days holiday (which will increase to 30 days based upon length of service) and private medical insurance.

At TLT we have a progressive fully flexible working approach. We empower our people to work in a place and at a time that meets their needs, those of their clients and of the wider team and firm. Part of this agile approach is a focus on hybrid working and supporting the work/life balance of our people.


TLT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and encourages applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any of the characteristics protected by the laws in the locations in which we operate.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to make interviews and jobs more accessible. Should you have any difficulty during the recruitment process, require any reasonable adjustments or an application to Access to work please contact the recruitment team on HR-Recruitment@TLTsolicitors.com

Legal careers
London, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol
Market Rate, Competitive
Published Date
Friday 25 November 2022
Closing Date
Tuesday 28 February 2023
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