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Associate - Art Law (2-3 PQE)
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more
than 900 people with over 550 lawyers offering a wide range of legal
services to companies and individuals.
Based in London and Singapore, the firm services an international
community of clients and provides advice in situations where the
constraints of geography often do not apply. The work it undertakes is
cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core
practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment;
Intellectual Property; Private; and Real Estate.
Mishcon de Reya has grown rapidly in recent years, showing more than
70% revenue growth in the past five years alone. In 2015, the firm
moved into a purpose designed building on Kingsway, and has converted
to both an alternative business structure and LLP.
Mishcon de Reya prides itself on the diverse range of people who make
up the Firm. The central role played by the Academy, the firm's
in-house place of learning, development and new thinking, and its
active and innovative social impact strategy are reflected in its
Investors in People Platinum standard.
At Mishcon Private, we have a deep understanding of the dynamics and
politics of families, family businesses and personal relationships. We
understand the issues our clients face and what keeps them awake at
night. We know that their concerns go far beyond money and wealth
preservation: family issues, reputation, their home, the things they
love, or their legacy are far more important. Our business is
protecting them, their interests and the things that matter most to them.
Our team at Mishcon Private comprises art, reputation, property,
immigration, tax and wealth planning specialists, alongside tenacious
litigators who are highly experienced at dealing with both family and
business disputes and complex multi-jurisdictional cases. We provide
practical and inventive solutions, combining our legal expertise with
commercial, real world advice. If disputes cannot be avoided, we
endeavour to resolve them with minimum fuss.
Founded in 1995, our specialist art law practice was the first of its
kind. Today, as a leader in this field, we have a presence in almost
every conceivable aspect of the art market and our clients include
international collectors, artists, dealers, art institutions, art
foundations, museums, galleries, governments and auction houses.
We understand that collecting art and artefacts can be a lifetime
passion. But owning, managing and creating art brings obligations and
responsibilities, such as reputation and legacy, the protection of
cultural heritage and financial planning.
Art and antiques are also international business. They transcend
national boundaries, moving around the world as they are bought, sold,
exhibited and loaned. Art provokes political debate and attracts media
attention, yet those who handle it are reliant on trust and discretion.
Our non-contentious work includes complex international
cross-jurisdictional transactions covering a wide range of commercial
agreements, creation of art funds and other art investment structures,
and advice on anti-money laundering regulations. Our contentious work
includes advising on cases of defective title, provenance,
authenticity, attribution and reputation as well as criminal and
fraudulent aspects of art.
Specialist services range from advice on sale, purchase, loan,
consignment and financing of art to exploitation and protection of
copyright and cultural heritage issues.
The team has established an extensive international network of art
world contacts and a close association with other specialist art
lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile,
politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and
with the utmost discretion.
An opportunity has arisen to join our Art Law practice for a
litigator with a specialism in Art Law and Luxury Assets (ideally 2-3
year PQE). Applications are particularly welcomed from established
litigators who operate within the art market, with an appetite and
commitment to our specialism.
In the context of the above job profile, successful candidates are expected:
• To manage all client work allocated by the Partners and other
solicitors within the Group and sometimes across the wider Department.
• To ensure that all client work is progressed in a timely
fashion and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and
costs. • At all times to exercise high standards of client care
in a professional and pleasant manner. • To demonstrate excellent
written and interpersonal skills in order to meet the drafting and
presentation aspects of the role. • To ensure the
confidentiality and security of all of the Firm's client documentation
and information. • To demonstrate excellent organisational and
prioritising skills to meet the demands of challenging and commercial
internal and external clients. • To demonstrate a willingness to
support clients and go that extra mile for them. • To achieve
agreed levels of billing and time recording.
• Candidates should be commercial, creative legal thinkers and
litigators wanting to develop a business, who are able to approach
matters both from a legal as well as a commercial perspective. •
Proven commitment and interest in the art market and this specialist
area of law. • Ability to adopt politically sensitive matters act
swiftly and with the utmost discretion. • Suitable candidates
will demonstrate a degree of entrepreneurial flair and gravitas in
order to flourish in our dynamic working environment. • Excellent
written and verbal communication skills are a pre-requisite as are
organisational and client care skills. • Candidates will be
naturally self-motivated, enthusiastic and possess a positive attitude
towards challenges and change. • Candidates will need to be able
to inspire the trust and confidence of clients and senior colleagues
and possess a willingness to undertake business development activities
both internally and externally. • Strong case management
experience and first hand exposure to high net-worth private clients
is essential. • Strong technical knowledge and analytical
skills. • An ability to deal with clients in a sensitive,
professional and competent way. • Commercial and driven with an
interest in business development and marketing activities. •
Excellent attention to detail, listening skills and organisational
skills. • Ability to effectively manage own workload. •
Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels and
develop strong relationships both with clients and colleagues across
the firm. • Personable and confident, with the ability to work
independently and as part of a team. • Resilient and calm under
pressure. • Demonstrates a pragmatic and flexible approach with
the ability to think laterally with a desire to learn and a natural
curiosity in the world around them.
Please note that this job profile is not an exhaustive list of
duties but merely an outline of the key components of the role. You
may be required by your line manager to take on additional
responsibilities when requested.
Diversity & Inclusion lie at the heart of our core values. At
Mishcon de Reya, our aim is to promote and foster a culture which
embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of
talent, to empower individuals to fulfil their, and the firm's,
potential. In order to support this, we recognise the importance of
flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how
this could work for you and our business.