Commercial Lawyer

Term: Contract
Reports to: Head of Lewissilkinhouse
Department: Lewissilkinhouse
Location: London
The firm

Lewis Silkin works with leading businesses to protect and enhance their most important assets - their ideas, their people, their brand and their future. We call it: Ideas. People. Possibilities.

With offices in London, Oxford, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin and Hong Kong, we are recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct for our unique culture, market-leading practice areas, sector focused approach and for providing solutions to complex, multijurisdictional business challenges, with a pragmatic and human touch. We have two things at our core: people — both ours and our clients’— and a focus on creative, tech and innovative businesses.

Our culture is encapsulated by an ethos of bravery and kindness, guided by our values of Integrity, Clarity, Unity and Excellence (our ‘I-CUE’). We aim to provide a supportive environment for our people, clients and wider community and embrace diversity & inclusion, ensuring people are able to bring their full selves to work.

The department

Lewissilkinhouse is Lewis Silkin’s flexible resourcing service which provides clients with temporary lawyers and paralegals to cover for absence, busy periods or assist with projects. It was established in 2013 and is one of the first law firms providing an offering of this kind. 


We are looking for commercial lawyers to join our Lewissilkinhouse commercial service. Our Lewissilkinhouse lawyers are engaged either as consultants, or as employees of the firm typically on  fixed-term and zero hours employment contracts.  Note that all placements are expected to fall inside IR35 where the lawyer is engaged as a consultant.  Our in-house lawyers  receive a competitive remuneration package. They usually work exclusively at clients’ premises though post pandemic some clients are considering a hybrid working pattern. Placements are generally full-time but part-time placements, typically 4 days per week do also arise from time to time.  Placements are largely based in Central London but can be based elsewhere including Greater London, the M4 corridor and further afield.

Many of our clients who use our in-house service are well-known household names across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including media, technology, financial services, energy, automotive, international consulting, retail, FMCG and professional services.

Additional information

The role would suit a commercial lawyer with excellent academics, strong interpersonal skills, high level private practice and in-house experience and a broad range of the following experience:

  • Technology, including software licensing, systems integration, website/app development, SaaS and other cloud related work, e-commerce;
  • Data, including exploitation of data, data protection and privacy and understanding implications of GDPR;
  • Commercial agreements, including outsourcing, franchising, supplier agreements, software and technology agreements;
  • Intellectual property advisory and commercial agreements such as sponsorship, publishing, media, advertising; and
  • Regulatory advice including consumer and advertising.

All levels of PQE are welcome to apply.

IT skills required:

  • Competency in MS Office suite.

Professional qualifications required:

  • Qualified UK lawyer with a current UK practising certificate or overseas equivalent.

At Lewis Silkin our ethos is simple. We strive to do the best for our clients, our people and the communities in which we operate. We recognise that an inclusive workplace allows for all kinds of ideas and thoughts, a variety of points of view that can trigger discussions or deliver innovative results, and a wide range of versatile skills and expertise. We are proud of the diversity within Lewis Silkin and of our culture that allows people to be themselves at work, ensuring we provide the best possible service to our clients. We are committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working patterns and office location.

No agencies please.