Why work for us?
Lawyers at Harbottle & Lewis are specialists in their fields and are passionate about the industries in which they operate. We pride ourselves in offering a friendly working environment, as well as a varied and challenging workload. Our lawyers have the opportunity to work on some of the most interesting and high profile deals and cases in media, entertainment and technology.
If you choose to work at Harbottle & Lewis you can expect a truly supportive and collaborative atmosphere, where you will develop and hone your skills by playing a real part in client relationships and business development. In order to succeed here you need to be innovative, energetic and ambitious. In return you will be surrounded by talented, like-minded individuals who genuinely love their work and are committed to your success.
We provide a wide range of internal and external training, and you will be supported in your day-to-day work by a highly competent business services team.
I joined the employment team at Harbottle & Lewis as a Partner in 2015. It was a big move for me as I had been at my previous firm since shortly after I qualified. When I told colleagues that I was going to Harbottle & Lewis it was very interesting to see that people congratulated me and told me it was ‘a fantastic move’. Some even told me how envious they were. This is testament to the Harbottle & Lewis’ reputation in the legal sector.
The strength of the firm’s brand means that Harbottle & Lewis has always been on my radar – I think I actually applied for a training contract here when I was at law school. The firm has a reputation for being a great place to work and this has proved to be well deserved. The atmosphere is friendly and genuinely collegiate and that perception played a big part in my decision to join the firm. I think Harbottle & Lewis is one of very few firms who have managed to hold onto their brand and culture through a period of great change in the London legal market. It’s a culture which is by no means the norm in law firms any longer and one which really sets Harbottle & Lewis apart.
In my role here I cover a broad spectrum of employment law including litigation, advisory, corporate transactional and immigration and partnership work. I have always wanted to keep that variety. The breadth of the client base, the quality of Harbottle & Lewis’ employment practice, and the quality of all other teams in the firm, has made this possible.
I joined the corporate and commercial team at Harbottle & Lewis as an associate, having trained and spent three years post qualification at a large City firm. I am now a partner in the same team.
Harbottle & Lewis has proven to be exactly what I was looking for. A lot of the attraction of working here is the size: you feel part of a firm that is big enough to carry out, and has the resources to challenge for, the best work for fantastic clients whilst at the same time being small enough to allow you to put a name to just about everyone’s face within a couple of months of joining.
One of the things I recognised very early on is that there is a very real sense of family at the firm, and people who work here value and appreciate that. It is a theme that runs through everything we do: in a work context colleagues are approachable and supportive, whilst subsidised social events and sports teams provide ample opportunity to get to know your colleagues outside the office.
There is a clearly identified sense of tradition and a forward-looking culture. It is a culture that gives its lawyers the freedom to initiate and innovate. This actively encourages lawyers of all levels of qualification to develop the firm’s business (and this is a more realistic prospect, even for junior lawyers, than it would be in some larger firms with a different client base).
We are looking for a paralegal to join the firm’s well-established Litigation Group on a six month contract. The Group’s work encompasses a broad range of litigation including disputes relating to intellectual property, defamation and privacy, contract and insolvency.
It will involve working directly with partners and other lawyers in the Group on a multi-party contractual and tortious claim as well as assisting with general work for the Group including attending at Court, undertaking research and preparing bundles, costs schedules and assisting with preparation of bills.
Applicants should have a strong academic record and have completed the LPC (or equivalent from another jurisdiction). They must have a minimum of 6 months experience of working in a litigation department of a law firm. Some Court experience would also be an advantage.
Please send your application to Lisa Lacuna.
We are looking for a qualified solicitor to join Harbottle & Lewis’s successful and expanding charities team. The role is part-time working up to 21 hours per week.
The successful candidate is likely to have a minimum of 6 years PQE and have excellent academic qualifications. They should expect to work with the partners within the group (David Scott, Colin Howes).
The successful candidate will have:
- a mix of technical skill, and commercial awareness, combined with experience of the types of issues that typically arise within the sector
- be familiar with the principles around both regulatory charity law work and drafting commercial agreements
- a basic understanding of intellectual property law would be useful but not essential; and
- they should welcome the opportunity to work in a team, be confident and out-going, and embrace opportunities to be problem-solving and to think laterally
The firm’s charity clients include media-related charities such as Comic Relief, Virgin Unite and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust along with several publicly-funded theatres as well as a number of more conventional voluntary sector organisations.
The work ranges from drafting various types of commercial and licensing agreements to dealing with a variety of regulatory issues.
We are looking for a solicitor to join the Media and Information Group (MIG) which is part of the Litigation Group. MIG’s work encompasses work of the highest calibre for household names and corporate clients and encompasses all aspects of information law ranging from defamation and privacy actions through to Data Protection and Freedom of Information litigation.
The successful candidate is likely to have a minimum of 2 to 3 years PQE. They will have strong academics, having received high quality training and experience to date. The successful candidate will have the desire and ability to be pro-active and flexible and adapt their skills to work on a very broad range of matters. Strong drafting skills and negotiating experience is essential.
We are seeking the right person to provide the highest quality legal advice delivered in a pragmatic and commercial manner; the role will involve working directly with partners and also with other lawyers in MIG.
Specifically, the successful candidate must be able to:
- Demonstrate a good level of knowledge of the substantive law of libel, privacy and data protection (whether or not this has been the candidate’s main practice area previously)
- Take responsibility for tasks when appropriate but be able to follow direction competently and efficiently
- Think and act independently and pro-actively when required but know when to ask for help and take instructions
- Adapt to a wide variety of tasks, depending on the nature of the matter or size of the team, and be willing to get involved with all aspects of a matter (from early pre action stage up to trial) whether taking instruction from senior lawyers or managing trainees, and support staff
- Work independently under pressure and progress matters without constant supervision
- Keep other lawyers up to date with the status of cases
- “Pitch in” when working on larger matters and cases, as well as participating in the out of hours rota for urgent media work
- Be confident and sociable as well as discreet when dealing directly with clients
- Take an active role and interest in marketing and business development within the firm
- Communicate to other lawyers in MIG important developments in the area of information law.
To apply please send your CV by email to Paulina Drewecka.
Nothing that catches your eye? We are always interested to hear from candidates with top quality experience and a passion for our fields of expertise.
Tell us why you’d be a great addition to the team. Please email email@example.com to lodge an expression of interest. All applications are treated as strictly confidential.
Harbottle & Lewis works with a number of preferred supplier agencies (PSL) to assist with fee-earner recruitment. All applications submitted via agencies are subject to our terms and conditions (TCs) and we are unable to accept applications from agencies that have not agreed terms of introduction with the HR team. If you wish to receive a copy of our TCs and information on how to be considered for our PSL, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org