Job description

  • Location:
    Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton
  • Salary:
  • Contract Type:
  • PQE:
    5 year +

Senior Lawyer (5+PQE) – Subsidy Control (0559)

We are seeking a Senior Lawyer (5+PQE) with state aid/subsidy control experience to join our nationally renowned and expanding public sector practice (headed up by Iain Greenshields), adding to our recent local and central government lateral hires. 

The team is highly successful and has a wide remit on projects in the public sector – working with public sector clients and private sector companies that contract with them. The team's client base includes local and central government, government agencies, NHS bodies, education providers, private sector contractors and consortia. We are working across a wide variety of sectors for these clients including real estate regeneration, leisure, energy, health, education, defence and waste.

The ideal candidate will likely be working in-house with a local authority or other public sector body, or within private practice as a senior lawyer and will have state aid/subsidy control experience.

This role is pivotal to the continuing growth and development of our public sector offering, and offers a genuine opportunity to help create, build and influence the strategy and direction of an important strand of our business from a strong platform of loyal clients. Supported by clear lawyer career framework that supports career progression to all levels, and the chance to learn from leaders in their field, this role offers a true opportunity for personal and professional growth. Working with the highest calibre clients, in a collaborative collegiate environment, we believe this is a unique opportunity for the right person.

We're flexible in terms of location and can offer either an office-based or hybrid working role, based from one of our regional offices (Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Southampton, Plymouth or Edinburgh).

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+ and for families, 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.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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Lisa Gater

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