PQE: NQ - 3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Banking & Finance
Location: Edinburgh / Glasgow
The team

Our Banking & Finance team is one of the largest in Scotland with a busy and diverse practice, acting for a range of financial institutions, sponsors, corporate borrowers and other finance sector participants, covering a comprehensive range of services, including corporate lending, real estate finance, securitisation and structured finance, real estate finance, clean energy and infrastructure finance and financial regulation.

The role

We currently have an opportunity for a Newly Qualified Banking & Finance lawyer based in Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow) within our multi-award winning Banking & Finance practice group, part of the firm’s wider Corporate division.

The successful candidate will have acquired some experience during their traineeship in banking and finance and will display an enthusiasm for proactive transaction and project management, strong technical and drafting skills, the ability to provide and to communicate practical and commercial advice as well as good team-working skills.  Although not essential, experience of working with or an interest in legal technology products such as e-signing and transaction management platforms, document automation software and AI contract analysis software would also be beneficial.

Other information

Main Duties 

  • Advising our clients throughout the UK, as lead counsel for the lender or borrower, on a variety of transactional 
  • banking matters using bespoke or Loan Market Association precedent documentation, including secured corporate 
  • lending, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, clean energy and infrastructure financing. 
  • Advising our clients throughout the UK as Scots counsel on the Scottish aspects of cross-border financings, including 
  • securitisation and structured financing, loan book trading and warehouse financing. 
  • Developing expertise in the sectors within which our clients operate, including finance, energy, technology, hospitality 
  • and food and drink. 
  • Providing advice to our financial institution clients on products, services and other regulatory matters. 

Key Relationships 
The role will involve working closely with colleagues in our Restructuring & Business Advisory, Real Estate and  Corporate Finance teams.

Candidate Profile

  • Exceptional time management skills 
  • Exceptional communication skills 
  • Strong problem solving skills 
  • Relevant legal experience 
  • Technical/Legal Skills 
  • Demonstrates appropriate range of legal knowledge and, with assistance, can identify issues outside their expertise and seek appropriate assistance. 
  • Demonstrates initiative to obtain relevant information to complete tasks. 
  • Produces a solution best addressing the client’s requirements, with guidance. 
  • Demonstrates potential to display effective spoken and written advocacy skills. 
  • If appropriate, seeks to comply with formalities required in connection with spoken and written advocacy and deals with witnesses and opposing arguments effectively. 

Business/Work Management 

  • Works as part of a team to attain objectives within agreed timescales and budgets. 
  • Keeps all clients and colleagues up-to-date with latest developments. 
  • Complies with all firm policies and procedures, including financial. 
  • Implements improvements in working methods. 
  • Prepares well for meetings with guidance. 
  • Makes effective use of the firm’s information management systems, and complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. 

Business Development & Client Relationship Management 

  • Communicates clearly with prospective and current clients in all contexts. 
  • Is aware of the impact of external market forces on clients and identifies trends which may lead to opportunities. 
  • Develops effective ways of delivering client solutions with minimum guidance. 
  • Developing an understanding of how to build client relations. 
  • Developing an understanding of client care issues. 
  • Communicates client feedback to senior team members. 
  • Developing an understanding of value of activity versus time spent. 
  • Participates in marketing activities. 
  • Developing effective presentational and writing skills. 
  • Understands importance of cross selling opportunities to the firm. 

People Management 

  • Personal Development and Knowledge Management 
  • Completes appropriate CPD hours. 
  • Maintains an adequate and up to date understanding of relevant law, policy and practice, and to identify where legal research is required. 
  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and development, evaluates strengths and limitations in relation to the demands of their work, and reflects on and learns from others. 
  • Undertakes personal study/research to address gaps in knowledge. 
  • Utilises internal/external knowledge resources and current awareness information, e.g. libraries, daily current awareness/plc newsletter etc. 
  • Contributes to firm’s knowledge resources. 
  • Gives well prepared and presented training sessions with guidance. 

Ethics, professionalism and judgment 

  • Recognition of ethical issues and will raise with appropriate person. 
  • Demonstrates an understanding and application of the ethical concepts which govern their role and behaviour as a lawyer. 
  • Identifies the relevant SRA or LSS principles and rules of professional conduct, and seeks assistance in applying them. 
  • Resists pressure to condone, ignore or commit unethical behaviour. 
  • Respects diversity, and acts fairly and inclusively. 
  • Discloses when work is beyond their personal capability and recognises when they have made mistakes and takes appropriate action. 
  • Seeks expert advice when required, and makes effective use of feedback, guidance and support received. 

Firm Contribution 

  • Awareness of and, where appropriate, participates in development of team's operational goals. 
  • Displays an awareness of organisational goals and has an engaged commitment to team goals. 
  • Participates in extra practice events to assist development of firm.