Principal Associate

British Medical Association

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Job Description

Job Overview

About BMA Law

BMA Law is a specialist healthcare law firm that was established by the British Medical Association (BMA), the professional association and trade union for around 150,000 doctors and medical students across the UK. Working closely with the BMA and specialist provider firms, BMA Law provides expert legal support for medical professionals and businesses.

Purpose of the role

To provide specialist commercial legal advice and assistance to BMA members and other clients operating in the healthcare sector (including on occasion the internal departments and committees of the BMA itself) via the BMA’s busy external-facing law firm, BMA Law.

In addition to conducting a personal caseload, to be responsible for the management of the BMA Law team and the day to day operations of the firm.

Key responsibilities and duties:

Client relations

* Provide a high quality legal service to BMA Law clients including doctors and medical organisations, such as GP practices and GP networks/federations, local medical committees (LMC) and, when called upon, institutional clients which include the BMA itself with wo! rk being commissioned by its Legal Department.
* Develop and maintain good relationships with clients by gaining their confidence.
* Deal with enquiries from prospective and current clients of BMA Law about matters such as partnership agreement drafting; advising on working at scale (such as mergers and acquisitions of GP practices, setting up corporate vehicles for groups of GP practices); commercial contracts; partnership/commercial disputes; data protection/GDPR, freedom of information, competition and procurement law; and the contracts/regulations relating to the commissioning of NHS primary care services.
* Determine the most appropriate response to enquiries and liaise with colleagues/external provider firms as needed.
* Take instructions and conduct research in order to give pragmatic legal advice and draft robust legal documentation.
* Use commercial awaren ess, initiative and creativity in order to find practical solutions to client’s problems/requirements and pre-empt issues before they arise.

Work systems

* Foster good working relationships with colleagues in BMA Law third party suppliers adopt a collaborative approach to knowledge sharing. Foster good relations with clients (including BMA staff).
* Manage transactions or projects, either individually or supervising a team on larger, complex transactions or projects, to set deadlines.
* Allocate tasks effectively and delegate and supervise the work of junior colleagues as appropriate.

* Develop and utilise precedent documents and standard processes wherever possible.
* Support internal procedures and systems of BMA Law including case management and time recordin g.
* Generate practi! ce income! in order to achieve allocated personal, team and firm billing targets commensurate to position and level of experience.

* Maintain the confidentiality of clients and the business of BMA Law.

Business development

• Grow the business by leading on business development, including:
* Feed into the BMA on how BMA Law can provide services to support drives and work with its affinity partners
* Develop new products/services
* Organise and attend events to promote BMA Law’s services
* Deliver seminars/workshops and legal clinics
* Produce guidance, articles, marketing material etc for promotional purposes
* Produce and maintain precedent documen ts (questionnaires, agreements etc)
* Pitch to other membership associations to win new business.


* Manage and oversee the work of the BMA Law team, comprising a senior associate, solicitor, office manager and marketing executive.
* Manage the firm’s relationships with its external providers (including operational issues, contract negotiations/renewals, agreed fee structures), corporate trustee, suppliers and BMA senior personnel and affinity partners.
* Handle any complaints about the firm/BMA Law team.
* Act as Money Laundering Regulatory Officer (MLRO) and oversee the firm’s compliance with SRA regulations, corporate governance, data protection/GDPR.
* Oversee the annual internal audit of the firm’s and panel firm’s files by its compliance team.
* Oversee the! firm’s! Office Procedure Manal (OPM) and its policies and procedures.
* Oversee the firm’s annual Professional Indemnity (PI) renewal.
* Report to the board of BMA Law and the BMA on BMA Law’s activities/performance (including annual budget reports and bi-monthly management reports).

Professional standards and personal development

* Ensure compliance with Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules and guidance and BMA Law’s Office Procedure Manual (OPM).
* Develop and maintain knowledge of law and practice, generally and specific to the healthcare sector, and meet continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.
* Maintain high standards of work and professionalism to support the BMA Law/BMA brand and the high profile nature of the work carried out.

Person specification

Key skills and qualifications/experience:

* At least 5 years’ post qualification experience (PQE) with recent experience gained in private practice
* Good background in commercial work (healthcare experience is beneficial but not essential)
* Experience of managing a team and business development skills
* Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate complex legal concepts clearly and succinctly
* Effective interpersonal skills and ability to deal with clients professionally and empathetically
* Team player able to work closely with colleagues and third party providers used by BMA Law
* Confidence to work largely autonomously with initiative to seek support when needed
* S elf-starter motivated by an interest in thei! r persona! l development and the work and development of the business of BMA Law
* Attention to detail whilst able to see the bigger picture
* Ability to conduct a busy caseload and allocate time and resources to prioritise and manage tasks effectively
* Willingness to develop and embrace new ideas and opportunities to lead on core services offered by BMA Law or aspects of its business development
* Flexibility to work outside office hours and travel as needed from time to time.

Why work for us?

As a BMA employee, you`ll receive:

* Generous annual leave provision, plus 1 company day and public holidays
* Double matching pension contributions up to 12% of salary
* Season ticket loan (up to £ ;10,000) after completion of probationary period
* Additional flexible benefits.

You may be working remotely initially, but we`ll provide all the support you need. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply through our website. For any queries please email

Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring:

We need your support to make sure our staff come from a variety of backgrounds so we especially welcome applications from disadvantaged communities. Even if you`re not selected, it would be really helpful if you could complete the diversity & inclusion data when you apply for this role, because we can make sure we are encouraging a diverse mixture of candidates to apply. Thank you very much.

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.