Commercial Lawyer Vacancy

Corporate and Commercial Department

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time Commercial Lawyer to join our award-winning Corporate and Commercial team at our office in Aykley Heads, Durham, on a permanent basis.


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 SME enterprises, public limited companies and large public sector organisations. 


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 giving commercial advice regarding the services listed above.

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: -

  • being 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 is desirable but not necessary, as many opportunities will be provided for Business Development work.


In return

The successful candidate can expect to be offered: -

  • a competitive salary, in line with experience;
  • flexible working and working from home options;
  • a published career path for those looking to progress;
  • a staff benefits package which includes: 
    • a pension salary sacrifice scheme
    • additional holiday scheme
    • death in service benefit
    • health cashback plan, and
    • a generous contribution to the staff pension scheme.


How to apply

Please email your CV together with a short covering letter to Carolyn Beal at

Applications close 5pm Friday 12th March 2021


About Swinburne Maddison LLP

Swinburne Maddison LLP is an award-winning full-service law firm based in Durham. We have a team of dedicated and highly skilled specialist lawyers, who provide pragmatic and honest legal advice in complex commercial matters, as well as assisting private individuals.

In the Legal 500 2021 Edition, we were ranked as a Top Tier Firm for Commercial Services for the second year in a row. We have previously won Law Firm of the Year (6+ Partners) at the 2017 Northern Law Awards and were finalists in both the 2018 and 2019 Awards.  The Private Client team won the Private Client Team of the Year at the 2018 Northern Law Awards.

Swinburne Maddison LLP is forward-thinking and has grown significantly over the past 10 years, resulting in us recently doubling the size of our office. A major refurbishment of our premises has created a modern and innovative environment for both our staff and clients.