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Job Title Supervising Associate - Financial Services
Department Financial Markets
Role Associate
Job Location Bristol


Our Financial Services team undertakes technical and complex financial services and markets regulatory work for asset and wealth managers, banking groups, brokerage houses, investment exchanges, commodity traders, general insurance and life assurance companies and other financial institutions operating in the UK and international financial markets.

Our funds and financial services regulatory teams are recognised for both technical excellence and outstanding commerciality in connection with a wide range of global structuring, investment and service development projects.

Our Bristol team plays an exciting and key role within the Simmons & Simmons financial services group and is a growing and ambitious part of our platform for the future. Working alongside our London and international team, this role presents an opportunity to do cutting edge work for the world’s largest asset managers as well as the rising class of new and disruptive money managers of the future.


The role:

We are recruiting for a senior lawyer to play an integral part of our financial services team in our Bristol office. The ideal candidate will be 5 years + PQE level and have a credible background in financial services and ideally within investments, funds and/or regulatory.

We are looking for a talented and technical lawyer who has the ambition and aptitude to embrace our first class client base in the asset management and financial institutions sectors and is looking to further develop their knowledge and experience of this exciting and evolving industry.

The successful candidate will be exposed to a varied workload and will effectively provide financial services regulatory advice and support specifically in relation to investment funds products and related financial services.

There is the opportunity for a proactive and dedicated individual who may, at the moment, be part of another part of the financial services legal advisory industry to re-train into the practice and support and training will be provided. The role requires a confident and able networker who enjoys working and developing teams and embraces client and business development. There are great future career opportunities at the firm for the right individual who tackles this role with success.

This role will give the chosen candidate the opportunity to live in the beautiful west country whilst developing a truly first class career as a lawyer in the financial services industry normally associated with roles in the City.

The role is principally based in our Bristol office but also involves travel to/from London for team/firm events, training and general development as well as client meetings. The role may also require travel from time to time to our offices/locations abroad.


Person specification:


  • Excellent academics.
  • Applicants will ideally have 5 years’ post qualified experience in a financial services practice which will have been gained at another leading City/national or regional practice.
  • Strong client focus with an ability and willingness to get actively involved in marketing and business development.
  • Commercially driven.
    • Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion as required.


Equal opportunities:

  • We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to equal opportunities in employment. 
  • We believe in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, and national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.
  • At Simmons & Simmons we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  We are supportive of flexible working arrangements wherever possible and we would encourage you to discuss this with us, should this be something you are interested in.
  • Please note our job descriptions refer to PQE levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider an application from you if you are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.

Background screening:

All recruits of Simmons & Simmons will be required to go through our background screening process.  Depending on the position you apply for this may include a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate.  We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a DBS certificate on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.  The firm’s policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request.


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