Are you the Lawyer we’ve been looking for?

Would you like to be part of our talented Corporate team?

Swinburne Maddison is Durham City’s leading law firm and last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We are a progressive and forward-thinking firm, operating from modern premises conveniently located on the outskirts of the city.

We are an ambitious, multi-disciplinary, 12-partner practice dedicated to providing first-class client care or, quite simply, “legal solutions that fit”. We are truly Values-led and place people at the heart of everything we do. We are constantly striving to make Swinburne Maddison a great place to work. We have a fantastic team of talented people, many of whom have been with us for much of our journey.

Our Corporate team are regularly shortlisted in various industry and regional awards. Each year we are recognised as a Top Tier firm in The Legal 500 and last year we won Law Firm of the Year (6+ partners) at the 2023 Northern Law Awards. Our employees help us make our firm a Great Place to Work. We are planning for more success, and you can help us deliver this.

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    Did you know we have an award-winning Corporate team?

    In The Legal 500 2024 Edition, we were ranked as a Top Tier Firm for Corporate and Commercial services for the fourth year in a row.

    In 2022 our team won Deal of the Year at the North East Insider Dealmaker Awards and we are ranked in the top 10 by Experian in terms of deal activity by volume of deals completed. 

    The role

    You will be responsible for working independently and managing your own caseload and also operating as part of a close-knit team, when working on transactional matters. We are looking for a strong team player who will operate proactively across our business. We receive work from a variety of sources including repeat work from existing clients and professional contacts.  Excellent client care skills are required.

    The role will cover all aspects of work within the Corporate team, including corporate finance, M&A, private equity, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance and employee share schemes.

    Required experience, skills and attributes 

    The successful candidate for this role will be a qualified lawyer with at least 5 years’ PQE with demonstrable recent development work experience.

    The main attributes we look for, but are not limited to, are:

    • Proactive in terms of managing your workload and continual development of your own legal skills.
    • Possessing excellent organisation skills and having exceptional attention to detail.
    • A proven ability to meet targets on a consistent basis.
    • Strong communication skills and a proven ability to work and build relationships with both clients and the wider professional community.
    • Being able to manage projects, lead teams and supervise the work of junior colleagues.
    • Having an aptitude to develop your own career, the Corporate department and the wider firm.

    An existing professional network would be beneficial but is not necessary. Many opportunities will be provided for Business Development.

    How to apply

    Please upload your CV and short covering letter to the submission box at the top of the page, or alternatively please email these directly to

    Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 24th May 2024

    Vacancy information

    Location: Durham

    Job type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time

    Salary: Competitive

    Why us? Why not?

    The successful candidate can expect to be offered:

    • a competitive salary; in line with experience.
    • a published career path available for those looking to progress;
    • an opportunity to work under our hybrid working policy;
    • an opportunity to work under our flexible working policy;
    • a pension salary sacrifice scheme;
    • additional holiday scheme;
    • death in service benefit;
    • enhanced family leave pay;
    • health cashback plan;
    • a generous contribution to the staff pension scheme;
    • a non-contractual bonus scheme;
    • membership of Perkbox; and
    • free on-site parking.

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