Hill Dickinson LLP is a leading and award-winning international commercial law firm with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco and Hong Kong. With more than 840 people including 175 partners and legal directors, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory and transactional work, to all forms of commercial litigation.

Hill Dickinson acts as a trusted adviser to a wide portfolio of clients across a wide range of specialist sectors: from transport and logistics and international trade, through to retail, insurance, marine, health, education, manufacturing, public sector and banking and financial services.

Job Role:  Associate / Senior Associate

Hours:  37.5 hours a week, 9am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

As the winner of Working Families’ ‘Best UK employer for Flexible Working Award 2020’, we are happy to consider flexible working opportunities to help you balance your work and home life.

Department:  Health Commercial

Location:  Liverpool/Manchester base (predominantly advising clients across the North West but working as part of a team advising clients on a national footprint across the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber and London and the South)


At Hill Dickinson we understand that incentives go far beyond a good salary, so we have created a comprehensive benefits package tailored around our people.

 Here are some examples of what we offer:

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Birthday privilege day and Christmas shutdown
  • Holiday buy, sell and carryover scheme
  • 2 charity volunteering or pro bono days
  • Flexible, agile and home working
  • BUPA
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Flexible pension scheme
  • Medicash
  • Enhanced family leave policies
  • Life assurance
  • Annual travel season ticket loan
  • Dress for your day policy
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Financial contribution towards home working equipment
  • Role overview

    Introduction to the role:

    This role provides the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing business groups of Hill Dickinson. The Health Business Group has been growing year-on-year with a team of over 70+ lawyers and national coverage. We are one of the leading national law firms providing legal advice and support to the NHS and independent health sector organisations.

    Our dedicated Health Commercial team is now looking to recruit an ambitious Associate or Senior Associate to work on a wide range of health commercial, governance and regulatory matters for the NHS and private sector organisations operating in the health and social care sector. 

    You will be given plenty of client responsibility and exposure whilst being part of a supportive and collaborative team environment.

    Introduction to the team:

    Experts in their field, the Health Commercial team advises NHS bodies, independent sector providers of health services and others operating in the health sector (including healthtech start-ups and organisations) on a broad range of complex commercial and contractual, governance and regulatory issues. As well as CCGs, NHS trusts and foundation trusts, local authorities and primary care providers, the team advises key national organisations including NHS England, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Business Services Authority. Our work with the independent sector includes work on healthtech initiatives and projects, with the team advising start-ups and more established innovators in the field on commercial and regulatory matters.

    Key responsibilities could include elements of the following:

  • Advising on a broad range of day to day commercial, contractual and regulatory matters
  • Advising on commercial contracting structures used within both the commissioner and provider sectors, including NHS Standard Form Contracts, service level agreements and primary care contracts
  • Advising on innovative contracting and collaborative models of commissioning and care provision, including contractual joint ventures, alliance agreements and partnering arrangements
  • Advising on commercial and governance structures and arrangements as part of the establishment and implementation of integrated care systems and integrated care
  • Advising on public bodies’ governance and constitutional issues, conflicts and vires
  • Advising on public procurement processes
  • Advising on major transactions, mergers and acquisitions involving health and other public sector bodies
  • Advising healthtech providers (including NHS organisations and private providers) on commercial and regulatory issues, including information governance requirements
  • Advising on and drafting information governance arrangements, such as data sharing and data processing agreements, and data protection and FOI contractual clauses, and advising on data transfers
  • Supporting business development strategies of the team and wider business group and presenting as the face of the firm to clients and intermediaries
  • Working with the wider team to proactively promote and raise the profile of Hill Dickinson on a national footprint, including attending networking events
  • Developing your own relationships with clients / intermediaries
  • What we are looking for

    We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious Associate or Senior Associate who wants to work collaboratively to contribute to the further development and growth of the Health Commercial team at Hill Dickinson.


  • Law degree (or equivalent)
  • Solid experience in commercial matters ideally within the sector but other relevant experience will be considered
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and develop relationships within the wider team
  • Willingness to take responsibility and ownership of client work, with supervision as appropriate
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure
  • Ability to play a proactive part in business development and profile raising activity
  • Positive attitude and interest in exploring and learning about new and unfamiliar legal areas
  • Ability to adapt approach and advice to client requirements and needs and changes within the health sector
  • Ability to work flexibly and proactively
  • Excellent communication/client service skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Hill Dickinson is committed to providing fairness and equal opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, nationality, religion or belief.

    We understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people and that it is only by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work that we can truly benefit from their rich and varied strengths.

    Hill Dickinson is an equal opportunities employer. All applications received by the firm will be considered based on their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background. 

    Disability Support

    We are a Disability Confident employer, which means that we will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the HR team at [email protected] should you require any adjustments to the application or interview process.

    All successful candidates will be subject to our standard pre-employment screening, including a basic criminal record check via Disclosure and Barring Service. Any offer of employment made is conditional upon completion of all checks. 

    Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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