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Associate - Banking
Our banking team operates as a fully integrated global practice
acting for banks, funds, asset managers, corporates and governments on
some of the most complex, challenging and innovative transactions
worldwide. And we are now looking for a clever, ambitious and
commercially minded associate with around 1-3 years PQE to join us.
Our team has the characteristics you'd expect from a top tier global
legal practice. We act for first class clients doing headline-making
cross-border transactions, we have the highest standards and demand a
lot form ourselves and each other and we're passionate about our
clients and the work we do. We are also working hard to be more
diverse and inclusive. We believe that having all types of people from
all types of backgrounds provides a variety of approach and thought
which helps our business be both creative and dynamic. But we
recognise there is more to do on that and we're on it. And we're also
growing, fast. But there are some things about us which are a little different.
A variety of work:We think it's important that
early in your career you experience lots of different areas of banking
law. In our team, you'll get to work on deals relating to acquisition
finance, real estate finance, fund finance, digital finance, trade
finance, asset finance, general corporate lending and debt
restructuring. That way, when the time comes for you to specialise,
you'll not only be a more versatile lawyer, you'll know what you enjoy
most and what you want to focus on going forward. And training is
central to this. We'll make sure you are equipped with all the
technical skills needed to enable you to excel in these different areas.
A focus on developing business: Winning clients
and work is not just the job of senior lawyers. We need the whole team
to pull together to grow the practice. We need the whole team to be
entrepreneurial and business minded. And from day 1, we'll support you
in developing these skills. They're integral to the success of our
business and to your own success as you career progresses. An
important part of that will often be through client secondments in
some of the biggest businesses in the market.
A team focus: Our team has a flat structure. We're
not hierarchical; we're all just lawyers with different levels of
experience. We're all approachable and we all help each other. There
is a real trust amongst us that we'll all work hard together to do
whatever it takes to get the job done well. People are given early
responsibility because we believe the best way to learn is by doing.
And that often involves stepping outside your comfort zone, whilst at
the same time being properly supported. And we're a team that gets
along and has fun together too. It can't be all work and no play.
A digital approach:Recently we acquired a digital
solutions business called Wavelength. Our data scientists, legal
engineers and designers are now unlocking new value, efficiencies and
insights in a way that is transforming the products and services we
sell to our clients. The legal market is changing in front of our eyes
and as part of our team you'll develop the digital and tech skills you
need to play a key role in the development of a next generation law
firm. And you'll also be able to use these skills to help others. For
example, our GreenTech Fund uses our digital expertise to support
start-ups by giving free legal advice to new companies who are focused
on using technology to mitigate climate change. This approach is
reflected in everything that we do; we're bold and unafraid of
changing old habits if we think there's a new and better way of doing things.
A balanced life:We act for first class clients on
the biggest deals in the market. And because of that, we work hard and
sometimes our careers take up more time than they should. That's part
of being ambitious lawyers who really care about our clients. But
physical and mental wellbeing are at the heart of our culture too.
Working hard is important but balance is important too and we make
sure our team has down-time when needed. A couple of years ago, we
were one of the first law firms to become a signatory to the Mindful
Business Charter and since then we have worked hard to create an
environment where we look after ourselves and each other. And we now
have a new way of working where our team is in the office a minimum of
two days a week, leaving people to work from home or work from the
office depending on what's best for them.
The attributes we'll be looking for in the person that joins us are
of course good academics but also a real interest in business and
commerce. You'll have strong transactional and general banking
experience gained from working in an international or leading UK firm.
You'll want to be a part of a diverse, hard-working and progressive
team that you will play a key role in helping to grow. And you'll want
to have a career you're proud of and that you enjoy. You can base
yourself in our London office or Bristol office, whichever suits you best.
If you think you fit the bill, and if the things that are important
to us are also important to you, then please get in touch. We'd be
really pleased to hear from you.