Technology Lawyer

About PwC
PwC is the No 1 professional services network in the world with more than 208,000 professionals operating in 157 countries. In the UK, PwC has 4 lines of service (Assurance, Consulting, Deals and Tax) and turnover of more than £3 billion. The UK Office of General Counsel (OGC) has 30 lawyers and provides PwC with legal and commercial advice in 3 main areas: Litigation, Counselling/Contracting and Corporate Transactions. 

The commercial and corporate teams work across the whole UK business dealing with contracts in all of our lines of services (Consulting, Deals, Assurance and Tax) handling a wide range of challenging and significant contracts and alliances. Many of our contracts have an international aspect, and our expertise is also drawn upon by other firms within the PwC network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a multi-disciplinary team comprising 14 lawyers and 1 paralegal.

We are looking to expand our capabilities in the technology, digital and software sectors to deal with significant growth in our UK business in these areas. This is an area of major focus for PwC in the UK and globally, and a key part of PwC’s growth strategy.

The work is demanding, the deals are varied, and no day will be the same. You will be able to assimilate information quickly, get to the heart of a deal and advise the business on the legal, commercial and reputational issues that arise.

You will work closely with our delivery teams, you will have direct access to our clients and their legal team and will act very much as the face of PwC in technology transactions and development. The existing team is highly valued by the business and we are very much seen as business enablers.

You will have at least 8+ years of experience in providing legal advice, either within an in-house environment or within law firms working with clients in the technology, digital and software sectors. You will also have an ability to work internationally and travel when necessary, will have excellent communication skills, the ability to build strong relationships and the capability to determine strategy and influence negotiations in an innovative business environment.

The role is based in Central London at our award winning Embankment Place offices.

The Role

PwC UK is the largest professional services firm in the UK and a member of the world's leading network. It is a dynamic and innovative organisation with a clear growth agenda. The need for an additional senior member of the legal team arises due the ever increasing needs of the business as a result of its strategy for technology growth and innovation.

The legal team is a highly experienced, well established and supportive group of professionals, who are highly regarded by and well networked to the business, who have strong relationships with a wide range of senior professionals in the organisation, including at Executive Board level.

The successful applicant will join our in house legal team's Commercial Contracting group, and will lead and develop our team advising on all technology related initiatives. 

The role would be specifically to:
  • Advise on and negotiate a wide range of deals for the development, licensing and exploitation of software
  • Advise on the intellectual property and data protection aspects of any given deal.
  • Become a trusted adviser to business leaders and proactively lead the legal aspects of our technology strategy for the future.
  • Work in collaboration with the wider network on both internal and external technology initiatives
  • Advise on acquisitions, new business set ups, deal structures and joint ventures with an IT focus.
  • Consult with and work closely as part of the in house legal team.
The successful candidate will have access to the broad range of training and developmental opportunities available to staff at PwC and will come in to a defined career structure, reporting to the Deputy General Counsel. PwC actively encourages the development of its staff and on-going training and development is very much embedded within the day to day.

The role also provides the opportunity to be involved in and drive other commercial work and projects across the business.

What are the role requirements? 
  • Detailed knowledge of English Law, at least 8+ years PQE (or equivalent)
  • Worked in-house for a technology/software company, or if in a law firm you will have worked with clients in the technology, digital and software sectors;
  • Proven track record in negotiating deals for the development, licensing and other forms of commercial exploitation of IP;
  • Working knowledge of data protection and the forthcoming challenges of GDPR will be an advantage;
  • Ability to handle complex negotiations using sound judgment to ensure that the firm’s best interests are served;
  • Ability to gain a full appreciation of the wider reputational, commercial and business aspects of each deal;
  • Ability to tailor advice to the specific needs of the business and apply common sense and practical solutions in a fast moving environment with new challenges arising every day;
  • Ability to adapt, to change and to be open minded and innovative in your thinking;
  • Ability to lead a team and take a strategic perspective;
  • Strong drafting skills and the ability to flex communication style to suit a particular situation;
  • Sound judgment and well developed influencing skills, together with the confidence to work with senior management across the business;
  • An ability to build strong relationships and become a trusted advisor to the business;
  • Appetite to learn and develop.
About PwC
We’re one of the world’s leading professional services organisations. From 158 countries, we help our clients, some of the most successful organisations on the globe, as well as its most dynamic entrepreneurs and thriving private businesses, to create the value they want. We help to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them.
The skills we look for in future employees
All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, 'The PwC Professional' and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.
We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.
Learn more here www.pwc.com/uk/diversity