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Associate – Solicitor or Barrister Public Law

Mills & Reeve
Contract Type
Insurance, Legal
Expiry Date
We have a vacancy for a solicitor (or barrister) to be based in our Birmingham office, working with Richard Sykes, Helen Tringham, and other members of the Regulatory, Public and Commercial Disputes NSL across our six offices.

Job Description

What does the role involve?

We have a vacancy for a solicitor (or barrister) to be based in our Birmingham office, working with Richard Sykes, Helen Tringham, and other members of the Regulatory, Public and Commercial Disputes NSL across our six offices.


Working under supervision, your caseload will primarily involve advising clients across a range of public law and litigious matters such as:

  • Advising on the application of the freedom of information and data protection legislation, including advising on responding to data subject access requests and complaints to the Information Commissioner and First Tier Tribunal;
  • Conducting litigation, including breach of contract, judicial review and discrimination claim;.
  • Advising institutions on safeguarding vulnerable groups legislation and obligations;
  • Equality and diversity issues (other than employment law obligations);
  •  Drafting and advising on governance documents, policies and procedures;
  • The international sanctions legislation;
  •  Non-employment immigration issues; and
  •  Advising on existing and new legislation.


The majority of the work will be for clients in the education sector, including universities, further education colleges, academies and related educational bodies, meaning that the context of a lot of the work is frequently the institution/student relationship.


You will be based in our Birmingham office and will be expected to travel within the UK to support clients, engage in business development and work collaboratively with colleagues across our six UK offices.


The role involves business development and client relationship responsibilities such as:

  • Building strong client relationships
  • Supporting client relationship manages to deliver outstanding client service
  • Attending internal and external networking events  
  •  Contributing to the continued development of the profile of the firm through the writing of articles and blogs for both Mills & Reeve and external publications
  • Supporting the delivery of training and other sessions to clients and prospects


Why should I apply?

This is a great opportunity to join a forward thinking law firm and our stats speak for themselves. 


As a market leader in higher education, we are at the forefront of developments in the law in the sector, being involved in test cases, applying new legislation to the HE sector, developing new governance and collaborative arrangements.  There are diverse legal issues necessitating problem solving and will frequently involve different areas of law.  However, work will be interesting, intellectually stimulating, and will be as close to general practice as it can get.


The firm has been named for a record 15th year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times’ annual survey and is one of only a small number of organisations nationally to have achieved a listing for 15 years running, and the only UK law firm.


We have also achieved the much sought after Two Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm’s commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.


You will be working with Richard Sykes, partner, and Helen Tringham to whom you will report on a day to day basis. You will also work with Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance).  The team is part of the cross- office Regulatory Public and Commercial Disputes NSL headed up by partner, Jamie Wheatley.


What experience is required?

You will be at least 2+years PQE (solicitor or barrister) with experience in conducting litigation.  Ideally, you will have experience in some of the legal areas listed above, but experience of the education sector is not essential.  However, relevant or similar experience will be helpful.

What skills and attributes would I need?



  • Good academics (eg 2.1 degree or equivalent with good  A levels or equivalent
  • Experience of conducting litigation
  •  IT literacy, including familiarity with MS Office
  •  Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build and strengthen relationships with clients and potential clients
  • Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources
  • Negotiating skills
  •  Effective time and matter paper management skills with a systematic approach to work
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade
  • Drive and commitment to see a job through
  • Attention to detail



  • Experience of public law and/or working for HE or FE clients
  • Marketing skills
  • Advocacy and other public speaking


What else should I know?


Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that’.


Please visit our website for further information regarding our diversity policy, and about working for us.