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Lawyer - Data Protection and Intellectual Property/Information Technology (0042)

At Morton Fraser we are a different kind of law firm, independent by choice and a place where we make our own decisions and our people can have their own say. Our culture empowers all of our people to be the best they can be.

You'll get responsibility early on and the support to make great things happen. And because we understand that hard work comes from people who are empowered to be at their best more of the time, we offer an agile working environment.

We are charting our way to become the best in our field, so if you share our ambition, come chart your best course with us.

Summary of Role

To lead and grow the firm's existing data protection and IP/IT practice, building on and developing the current client base and acting as an ambassador for the Firm generally. You will deliver outstanding client service, drive business development and marketing activities (including through social media) and develop and deploy technical knowledge and management skills.

Key Tasks

  • To advise clients and the Firm on data protection, freedom of information and IP/IT matters.
  • To support the development and implementation of the Firm's approach to knowledge management in the areas of data protection and IP/IT.
  • To be a collaborative team player, contributing to the work of other members of the division.
  • To lead and implement team marketing initiatives within the context of the wider Corporate marketing and BD plan.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong experience of the following:
    • IP (predominantly trademark registrations (both UK and CTM), general copyright advice, patent advice (but not applications), advice in relation to passing off and occasional registered design and design right advice);
    • IP exploitation (licensing and assignation of all main IP classes and drafting and reviewing NDAs);
    • Data protection advice (including advice on reporting of breaches to the ICO, drafting and implementation of DP policies and data sharing agreements, and DP training to clients and potential clients);
    • FOI advice (including advising clients on application of FOI exemptions and providing FOI training to clients and potential clients);
    • IT agreements (for example software and website development agreements, software licensing agreements, Wi-Fi agreements and mobile application development agreements);
    • Online law (for example drafting website terms and conditions and privacy policies; advising on distance selling and e-commerce related issues; and assisting businesses and individuals with online IP and privacy related issues); and
    • General commercial contracts, particularly in relation to arrangements which commonly have an IP component, such as franchising, sponsorship and outsourcing agreements, as well as agency and distribution agreements and the legislation relating to agents' compensation on termination of agency agreements.
    • Experience of procurement law and of public sector contracting would be useful but is not essential.

Person Specification

  • You have excellent communication skills, you are articulate, you communicate clearly, concisely and without any jargon.
  • You enjoy working within a team and autonomously on your own initiative.
  • You are personable and good at building and developing client relationships.
  • You are confident and you have a strong belief in yourself and your own ability.
  • You are committed to providing a good client experience and willing to put in extra time and effort when required

Here at Morton Fraser we believe in a positive work life balance and in an inclusive and friendly working environment.

We offer a generous benefits package including:

  • Profit Related Pay
  • Pension Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance for all employees
  • Holidays starting at 25 days plus 9 public holidays
  • Tax Efficient Car Lease Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Comprehensive Wellbeing resources
  • Retail Discounts

As signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, we recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. Please ensure you include any military skills and qualifications you hold when applying for a vacancy with us to ensure they are recognise during our recruitment and selection process.

Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


  • Division:
    Corporate & Banking
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  • Location:
    Edinburgh or Glasgow
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