Corporate and Commercial Solicitor Position in Sussex

Corporate and commercial solicitor (NQ to 3 PQE)

Salary: Market rate for Brighton/Gatwick firms, or above for the right candidate

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex

We are currently looking for a junior solicitor to undertake an interesting and challenging mix of corporate and commercial legal work. Previous relevant experience is preferred, particularly in corporate law focused on private companies.

Here is the job spec:

Your new company

The Jonathan Lea Network is a forward thinking specialist business law practice. Our turnover has grown six-fold over the last two years and we are well placed to continue if not increase that rate of growth.

Jonathan himself is one of the world’s most connected lawyers with thousands of online followers and relationships built, he is seen as a thought leader in the industry who is often asked to speak at events and has also made a name for himself as one of the foremost lawyers in the UK’s tech startup scene.

We have an inclusive, supportive and relaxed culture with no office politics and light levels of bureaucracy. Our aim is to focus as much as possible on fee earning and generating quality new work from decent clients. We are forever trying new ideas and enjoy working with a very entrepreneurial client base who are at the forefront of shaping new business practices.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a junior corporate and commercial solicitor to supercharge their career and make a name for themselves by getting in early and contributing to a fast growing new practice. You will benefit from the kind of experience not available at larger more established firms and will learn more, contribute more and grow personally and professionally in a way that will exceed your expectations. If things go well you can expect to significantly increase your salary and progress to a partnership role many years earlier than at a larger more traditional law firm.

By joining us you will never be just a number and will always have a full workload, but you will also be able to enjoy a healthy work life balance. You will be able to live and work in an attractive peaceful environment (close to great beaches and delightful countryside) and also benefit from close proximity to London (40 minutes), Gatwick (10 minutes) and Brighton (20 minutes).

Ultimately, our location and set up also enables you to escape the high living costs, property prices, congestion, commuting hell, crime, unhealthy environment and general misery associated with having to work and live in London.

This is therefore also the opportunity to live the ‘Sussex dream’ – to be able to afford to live in a decent detached family house with a large garden close to work, while benefiting from lower living costs and a comparably high salary for the area.

Your new role

Our clients include leading technology startups, financial institutions, celebrities, media companies, established family owned businesses, investors and entrepreneurs across a range of industry sectors.

Most of our clients are based in and around London, while our work is also frequently international in scope and our clients are located all over the world.

We are increasingly doing work for quality clients that established City firms would be envious of. This is the chance for an ambitious lawyer to get in early at modern young firm going places and as a result find themselves quickly at the top of an increasingly large organisation which will soon be paying City salaries in Sussex.

The role is varied and encompasses most of what you would expect including:

  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • joint ventures and shareholder agreements;
  • private equity/ venture capital;
  • finance matters, restructuring and other mainstream company law matters;
  • commercial agreements and terms and conditions; and
  • intellectual property matters.

Experience required

The ideal candidate will have two years corporate and commercial law PQE but we are also very interested in applications from those with less PQE and also those with strong, alternative experience.

There is no upper limit to level of PQE and we also urge more experienced solicitors to apply if this position is of interest.

Applicants should have:

  • a good background in the relevant areas of law;
  • an ability to work well independently and use your own initiative, but also react positively to close supervision;
  • a meticulous eye for detail and an eloquent and precise way with words;
  • high service and presentation standards;
  • IT adroitness and social media savviness;
  • a genuine passion for entrepreneurship, business and transactional work;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • the ability to calmly and humorously deal with a busy workload and demanding clients;
  • an enthusiasm to take on new challenges and broaden your knowledge base and skills set; and
  • experience in marketing, networking and business development activities.

If you would like to apply please send us a CV and covering letter to