Are you the Commercial Lawyer we’ve been looking for?

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

We are Durham’s leading law firm. We are agile and forward-thinking and operate from modern premises conveniently located on the city’s outskirts. Last year we celebrated 25 years of business.


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.

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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 third year in a row. As a firm, we have previously won Law Firm of the Year (6+ Partners) at the 2017 Northern Law Awards and were finalists in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

    In 2022 our team won Deal of the Year at the North East Insider Dealmaker Awards and were ranked in the top 5 by Experian in terms of deal activity by volume of deals completed. 

    The role

    You will be joining a busy and growing corporate and commercial team working on complex projects regionally, nationally and on a cross-border basis.

    You will be advising on a range of complex and high-value commercial transactions many in the technology sector, covering intellectual property, software development, software licensing (including cloud), and data protection, as well as others of a more general nature including terms of online and offline business, distribution and agency and franchising.

    The team provides advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, established SMEs, public limited companies and large public sector organisations.

    The team regularly win and are shortlisted at leading regional award events and ranked in the top 5 in terms of deal activity (by volume of deals completed (Experian 2022)).  All lawyers within the team are trained and work collaboratively to provide services around all aspects of the engagement and this is reflected in the quality of work that they undertake.

    Required experience, skills and attributes 

    We are looking for a lawyer with upwards of 5+ PQE working at another commercial law firm and who has experience in providing commercial advice.

    We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the technology sector working on information technology, software and IP agreements.

    The main attributes we look for, but will not be limited to, are given below: –

    • pro-active in terms of managing your workload and continual development of your own legal skills;
    • possessing excellent organisational skills;
    • possessing excellent drafting skills;
    • demonstrating exceptional attention to detail;
    • demonstrating strong communication skills and an ability to work and build relationships with colleagues, clients and the wider professional community and
    • an ability to supervise and train junior members of the team.

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

    How to apply

    Please complete the application form at the top of the page, attaching your CV together with a short covering letter.

    Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 31st May 2024

    Vacancy information

    Location: Durham

    Job type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time/Part-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;
    • an attractive performance related bonus scheme;
    • membership of Perkbox; and
    • free on-site parking.

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