Our Banking and Finance practice acts for banks, non-traditional lenders, public sector bodies and borrower clients in relation to a wide range of financing transactions.

The team are now looking for a talented lawyer to join them in Edinburgh. With a strong rating in Chambers, and an enviable FTSE 250 client list, this is an excellent opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary banking practice with national and international reach. From our office in the heart of the city, the Edinburgh team is focused on supporting UK and international clients in the financial services, energy and property sectors, as well providing Scots law support on cross-border deals.

So what will you be doing?

You’ll be working closely with Chris McLauchlan, who leads the Scottish banking team and has over 20 years of experience acting for borrowers and lenders (including clearing banks, investment banks, investment funds and insurance companies) on a range of Scottish, English and cross-border transactions. Working as part of our national team, you will have opportunity to work with great clients on asset finance, acquisition finance, project and property finance transactions. Your workload will include international as well as domestic financings, re-financings and restructurings.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

You’ll be a lawyer, either newly qualified or with up to 2 years post qualified experience working in banking law, and have good general transactional experience as well as a developing expertise in a particular area of finance. You’ll pride yourself on your ability to work collaboratively to achieve results. You’ll have an analytical mind and enjoy the intellectual challenge that this work presents. Your pragmatism and commercial outlook together with excellent drafting skills will be vital in supporting our clients.

You will have an entrepreneurial spirit and be looking for a role that allows you to further develop your knowledge, expertise and reputation by working as part of a national team that acts for clearing banks, specialist lenders and private equity-owned businesses and owner-managed businesses. You will be keen to take an active part in building the Edinburgh business, and excited by the opportunity to align yourself to one of the team’s specialist practice areas (corporate finance, real estate finance, asset finance and public finance) and/or one or more of our sector groups.

Who are we? A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm’s reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we’re more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have firm supported networks for ethnic diversity, LGBTQ+, disabilities, families, and women’s career development and we’re in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it’s important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we’re very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns. We also recognise the challenges of relocation and post-pandemic return to the office.

And that’s not all, alongside a competitive salary you’ll receive a flexible benefits package so you can choose and vary the benefits that matter most to you.