Commercial Solicitor

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Harper James is a growing and ambitious commercial law firm like no other. Forget any misconceptions you may have about the legal industry, we’re not stuffy or inhibited by traditions.

Founded in 2014, our purpose is as strong now as it was then – to enable growth-oriented businesses to succeed through delivering top-quality and accessible legal services by acting as partners in our clients’ journeys while our people enjoy a true work-life balance.

Our Commercial team is renowned for its expertise, with a focus on providing exceptional legal services to clients across various industries.

If you are a talented and ambitious junior commercial lawyer (of at least 2 years PQE) feeling held back by the constraints of private practice, join our innovative and forward-thinking firm where your skills and potential are truly valued.

Who we are

Harper James is a national commercial law firm designed to support entrepreneurial businesses from start-up to exit. We aspire to disrupt the model for which legal services are provided to businesses. The firm’s innovative approach to delivering highly tailored and accessible legal advice is considered genuinely different to the establishment.

Harper James was founded in 2014 and continues to grow at c40%+ year on year.  Today we are more than 117 people, who will support more than 2500 businesses this financial year and will turnover around £13m. We expect to double in size over the next 3 years.

What we offer

Our commercial team work remotely with the possibility of working from our offices in Birmingham and Sheffield if preferred. We are energetic, hardworking and collaborate effectively through frequent and regular touchpoints via Teams. We also meet up for in-person team days and social events in Birmingham at least quarterly.

We work really hard to ensure our lawyers feel part of a team so they can collaborate, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company even though we are all in different locations. Working remotely allows us to work from wherever we want, giving us great flexibility that is useful for all sorts of reasons. We want people to feel part of something big, and that their contribution is recognized both individually and as part of a team.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

This opportunity is suited to an ambitious commercial lawyer, with great academics and a solid training foundation.

We are looking for a team player who is proactive and commercial in their approach.

If you’re someone who is looking to flourish and grow in your next role, supported by an experienced mentor, we would love to explore how you could achieve great things with us at Harper James.

What you will do

You will work with a diverse range of clients and industries, on a wide variety of commercial work, including drafting, reviewing and a broad spectrum of commercial and technology contracts. We help our clients with supply and distribution agreements, leading-edge technology agreements, and everything in between, which ensures that no two days at Harper James are the same.

Your client base will range from start ups at the very beginning of their life, through cutting edge SMEs, to larger businesses looking to gain great advice at sensible prices – and across multiple industry sectors.

Every day at Harper James presents new challenges and the opportunity to make a real difference – not just to the businesses you work with, but also to your team and the firm.

You will work closely with an experienced senior lawyer, who will act as your mentor, and we encourage lawyers at all levels to tap into the wider team’s knowledge and experience. At Harper James, we believe in supporting you to be the best lawyer that you are able to be.

The bottom line

  • This is an opportunity to play a fundamental part in the growth of the commercial practice where career progression is not determined by PQE.
  • An environment with no politics, no bureaucracy and a great team of people who all play a part in the success and continued growth of the business.
  • Competitive salary and bonus, pension, holiday and healthcare.
  • Full time or part-time hours are available as part of a fully remote but collaborative team

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to apply this role, please complete the application form using the link below.

Alternatively, if you would like to have an initial informal chat with our Head of talent, Leah Horwood, to find out more about the role, you can call her direct on
07809 475202 or arrange a convenient time to speak by emailing her via Please be assured that all conversations are confidential and we will act discreetly throughout the process.

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Our offices

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Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Head Office

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Regional Spaces

Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
1st Floor, Dearing House, 1 Young St, Sheffield, S1 4UP
White Building Studios, 1-4 Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2NP
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