Senior Associate - Technology/Data Protection - Birmingham

Location: Birmingham
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Corporate & Commercial
Contact name: Aimee Kelly

Contact email:
Contact phone: 0161 234 8727
Vacancy reference: 016209
Closing date: 31 March 2023
Startdate: 11 July 2022 - 11 July 2022

Why should I apply?

Mills & Reeve offer the opportunity to further your career and develop your skills through delivering high quality work for leading clients, alongside exceptional technology law partners who are independently recognised as amongst the best in the UK.

We advise on the full range of technology law work, including Cloud/SaaS, Cyber, Software Development, Outsourcing, Data Protection Compliance Projects. Our projects also include ‘cutting edge’ technology law work – as can be seen from recent examples:

  • Advising a leading automotive company on its global Connected Car project
  • A global Data Protection compliance project involving a new Crypto-Exchange and Crypto-Currency using Blockchain technology
  • Advising a NASDAQ listed company on the Data Protection implications of the deployment of facial recognition systems using neural network AI technology
  • Advising a NYSE listed company on a Cyber-breach

Our National IT and Data Protection Team is headed by  Jagvinder Singh Kang, who has been inducted into Legal 500’s official ‘Hall of Fame’. Chambers and Partners notes: “Jagvinder Singh Kang is one of the most respected technology lawyers in the market. He advises large corporate customers and vendors on the implementation of sophisticated technology projects…If you want a lawyer who can nail every point, he is your man.

Our firm’s Technology Sector is headed by  Kevin Calder, who is also recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 as well as Chambers and Partners.

You will work alongside Jagvinder and Kevin, as well as our other fantastic technology law partners and our national team.

What does the role involve? 

Our Technology and Data Protection division is expanding, and we are looking for technology lawyers or commercial lawyers with a strong interest in technology law work (IT and Data Protection) to work in our National IT and Data Protection Team, as part of our Birmingham office.

Work will include advising a range of clients from innovative start-ups to global corporates, on IT, E-commerce, Data Protection and Commercial arrangements. You will undertake a wide range of technology/data law work across a range of different industry sectors.

What experience is required? 

You should have at least 4+ years post qualification experience. You will have good technical skills in commercial and technology law. You will be enthusiastic and pragmatic in your approach to delivering legal advice to clients. In return, you will have the opportunity and freedom to develop relationships with clients, whilst also being involved in a range of business development and other initiatives – so you will have genuine opportunities to advance your skills and career.

What skills and attributes would I need?

You will be able to demonstrate your interest in technology law, possess good academics, have excellent attention to detail, drafting skills, and negotiating skills.  You will have good organisational skills to manage clients’ needs and timelines, with a pro-active approach to work.  You should be willing to learn and develop, demonstrate enthusiasm for becoming involved in business development initiatives, and show a good team-working approach whilst possessing a keen sense of humour.

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions and cautions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.