We are recruiting for a Senior Associate to join our Commercial team in Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham. This role will form a crucial part of our team, supporting clients principally across the Financial Services, Retail, Leisure and Digital sectors and more widely on occasion, supporting a range of projects and advice relating to supply, procurement, outsourcing, partnership, licensing, distribution and collaboration arrangements. 

In return we will invest in you. We want you to be successful. You will support complex projects (under appropriate supervision) ensuring your experience is varied and broad. Through our national service lines, you will work with notable clients and industry experts. You will receive bespoke training, ensuring you have the technical, commercial and management skills to develop your career.

Your Role

  • Working as part of a wider technology and commercial team on high value, strategic projects and contractual arrangements.
  • Providing non-contentious advice on a wide range of commercial projects, including framework agreements, supply agreements, payments, digital transformation projects, outsourcing and collaborations.
  • Taking an active role in business development, including preparing pitches and tenders, providing training, and building client relationships.
  • Working on site with clients where required, including the option for virtual and in-person secondments.
  • Supervising, managing and mentoring more junior members of the team.

Your Skills and Experience

Our employees are talented people, distinguished by technical excellence, with a willingness to embrace team working and a passion for client service. You must be able to demonstrate a similar supportive, flexible, and driven ethos and have accumulated the following experience and skills:

  • A Qualified Solicitor (SRA or Law Society Registered), with a minimum of 4-years post-qualification experience, gained within the Commercial or Technology team at a highly regarded law firm, or relevant in-house legal team.
  • Experience of advising on commercial transactions for clients in one of key sectors, namely the financial services or retail or digital sector.
  • A keen appetite to reinforce our practice with FS sector clients, particularly those operating within the payments industry.
  • A motivated self-starter with ambitions to support more complex, strategic client work (with Partner oversight and support as required).
  • Strong technical ability, particularly with negotiating, drafting and advising on contractual arrangements.
  • Client-focussed approach with the ability to nurture long standing relationships.
  • Have the drive and ambition to succeed at TLT, with the commitment to developing the firm’s strategic commercial offering locally and nationally.

Although not essential, the following payments experience would also be beneficial:

  • Experience supporting merchant acquiring, card issuing, and payment-gateway related matters.
  • Experience working with projects involving non-card scheme related payments, including Open Banking, faster payments, etc.

We are very open to hearing from applicants with a broader commercial background, so if you do not have the above payments related experience, which we have noted as being beneficial for the role, we would still love to hear from you.

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 1,500 people in offices across the UK and a network of partner firms across Europe, India and the US. TLT has been named Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2023. This marks the third year in a row TLT has presented with this accolade in industry awards – having previously been named Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards in 2021 and the British Legal Awards in 2022.  

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
Bristol, Manchester
Market Rate, Competitive
Closing Date
Friday 28 June 2024
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