Gowling WLG

In tune with its clients’ worlds, Gowling WLG uses commercial and innovative thinking to provide the legal solutions its clients need to thrive and prosper. The partner-led service is backed up by the strength of more than 3,000 individuals operating from eighteen cities in ten countries, including the UK, Canada, France, Monaco, Belgium, Germany, Russia, UAE, Singapore and China. The single team ethos means the firm is aligned with clients’ opportunities wherever they are in the world, and provides a seamless service across offices, borders and jurisdictions. Gowling WLG is World Law Group’s representative law firm in England and Wales, connecting clients with more than 15,000 lawyers globally. The firm also works with a global network of trusted independent firms, meaning that clients receive the best possible service in every jurisdiction. This global reach, combined with the sector know-how and technical excellence of its people, is why the firm is a trusted adviser to FTSE 100 and 250 businesses, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, UK and overseas government departments, and high net worth individuals.

Gowling WLG London, United Kingdom
Jan 05, 2018
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Financial Services Location: London About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. About the Team We work with new financial businesses, with innovative models, to provide regulatory solutions and guidance, quite often with a cross-border element and where the business founders have elected the UK as their establishment of choice.  In addition, we work with the following: New businesses supporting them in their applications to the PRA and the FCA for authorisation: from payment service providers, challenger banks to fund managers. Firms to ensure successful and pragmatic implementation of EU legislation such as MiFID II, the AIFMD, CRD IV, EMIR and MAR. Retail banks to produce compliant, customer facing documentation and promotional material for use on-line and in a more traditional branch environment. Retail credit providers assisting them to navigate the FCA regulatory environment, including P2P lending platforms, housing developers, car manufacturers and manufacturers of goods offering credit to their customers. Global financial services institutions and foreign lawyers. Business development initiatives to raise the team's profile and expand the practice further, will be fully supported. Our clients include: investment and retail banks, retail credit providers, pension schemes, insurers, exchanges, platforms, fund managers, broker dealers and other intermediaries, and fintech entrepreneurs. The team is rated in the Legal 500. Main Purpose of the Job This is an exciting opportunity for a financial services regulatory lawyer to support and build on the financial services and regulatory practice, located in Birmingham or London.  The team comprises corporate, tax, funds and financial regulation specialists and we work closely together.  We also support a number of internal stakeholders within the Firm such as our award winning Pensions Team, Banking, Real Estate Funds and Commercial and Energy teams. Key skills and experience Qualified lawyer with a broad base of technical expertise in financial services regulation Broad experience of and enthusiasm for dealing with a diverse range of financial institutions and businesses Ability to deal with clients ranging from senior bank executives and in-house counsel to entrepreneurs Experienced in advising on UK financial regulations and on the following European legislation: MiFiD, MAR, AIFMD, PSD, CRD, EMIR and the MLR Confident in own judgement   Equal Opportunities Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.  
Gowling WLG Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jan 05, 2018
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Commercial, IT & Outsourcing Location: Birmingham About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. About the Team This role is to join our Commercial, IT and Outsourcing team to focus on servicing our public sector practice. Our reputation and profile in the Public Sector is growing rapidly and we are recruiting to help deliver a number of significant wins for the team. In February 2017 we were appointed as one of 12 Tier 1 firms to the Central Government legal services framework, managed by the Crown Commercial Service. This built on the advice we have provided over numerous years for clients such as the Ministry of Defence, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Insolvency Service, and OFQUAL, as well as a range of local authority, health and social housing clients. We have over 70 professionals dedicated to servicing the frameworks across a range of specialisms but recent wins in the Commercial, IT and Outsourcing team for clients such as the Home Office, Ofwat, Office for National Statistics and TfL/London Underground mean that we need to expand our capability. Main Duties and Responsibilities We are a diverse team, covering a range of commercial contract types (e.g. IT, outsourcing, health commissioning, and services) across the public sector. The role involves: taking instructions, structuring, drafting and negotiating a range of commercial contracts; corresponding and/or liaising with clients and counter parties; working alone, subject to appropriate supervision, or as part of a team on matters according to according to their size and complexity or supervising more junior lawyers; advising on procurement issues; an active role in business development – building relationships with clients, proactively seeking out business development opportunities and helping secure them,  helping writing tenders, participating in tender presentations and attending functions and events; running meetings; file management including delegation and supervision of tasks as appropriate; time recording, costs estimating and billing. Key skills and experience Experience of advising public bodies (e.g. central government, local government, NDPBs) and/or those in the health or social housing sector on contracts for goods or services. Alternatively, we will consider candidates who have acted for the private sector bidding for work under a public sector procurement. We are particularly interested in those who have a good knowledge of the public procurement rules and/or state aid, and who have advised on/assisted with procurements run under the Restricted, Competitive Dialogue and/or CPN procedures. Experience of public sector model contracts (e.g. Model Services Agreement, PFI/PP, NHS standard terms) would also be welcomed, as would experience in advising on vires, FOIA and/or data protection.   We are looking for someone who is: team-spirited; commercial; robust (in negotiation); responsible and able to think on feet to assess risks and exercise sound judgement; an enthusiasm for commercial contracts and the public sector environment; developing a track record in developing and maintaining client relationships; keen to be involved in business development, particularly tenders; solid technical ability in the law and drafting; ambitious, flexible and positive.   
Gowling WLG London, United Kingdom
Nov 20, 2017
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Property Litigation Location: London About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. About the Team The specialist Property Litigation Team contains 17 fee earners at two offices in London and Birmingham.  Physically located within the Real Estate Group we have the benefit of working with one of the largest real estate practices in the country with a diverse range of clients from house-builders to pension funds, and taking in property companies, developers and telecoms operators along the way.  Ranked by the directories in the top tiers for Birmingham and for London, we also attract stand-alone clients looking for specialist help with complex or high value disputes. The team is led by Martin Thomas, who is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field along with fellow Partners Anne Waltham, Carole Peet and Clive Chalkely Based in both the London and Birmingham offices we work as a single team regardless of geographical base providing a full litigation and dispute resolution service for clients in the Real Estate sector.  We advise and represent clients in all types of Court and also in arbitrations, adjudications and Mediations.  Advocacy is not for everyone, but those with the right skills and enthusiasm are encouraged to qualify and we do, where required, provide in-house advocates. The London team consists of 2 Partners and 6 fee earners.  The London Team works for some of the largest investment landlords and developers in the country including The Crown Estate, The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society,  Henderson, U and I and t Modwen's.  It also works on a number of high profile matters for Government departments.   Main Duties and Responsibilities The role involves a lot of independent responsibility managing a large number of cases; working independently (with a Partner) and in larger teams (depending on the size and complexity of the particular dispute); advising on and managing all stages of the litigation process from the outset to trial, dealing directly with clients; and instructing/working alongside other professionals such as surveyors and advocates.  The caseload is likely to include: Clearing off or enforcing rights on freehold land such as easements or restrictive covenants Development related issues such as rights to light, vacant possession strategies and nuisance claims Contract disputes concerning land, including pre-conditions, breach and overage disputes Professional negligence issues arising from real estate transactions Landlord and tenant, especially business tenancies 1954 Act renewals Forfeiture and possession claims Dilapidations Rent/Service charge issues Rent reviews Insolvency issues impacting on real estate/leases Key skills and experience As a property litigator you need to have experience of and enjoy contentious litigation and an understanding of clients, and transactions, in the Real Estate sector.  We are looking for someone who is: A team player A good technical lawyer Practical and commercial Flexible and positive and able to absorb a heavy caseload. Enthusiasm for advocacy advantageous as would higher rights of audience (but not required) Equal Opportunities Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment  
Gowling WLG London, United Kingdom
Oct 23, 2017
Full time
Closing date: 28/09/2017 Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Real Estate Location: London About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. Main Purpose of the Job A position has arisen at PA level within the London based sub-team of our Housing Development and Regeneration team in the Real Estate Group for secretarial and administrative support.   Providing the fee earners in that sub-team with the administrative support needed to provide seamless legal services to clients. Be proactively involved in all aspects of the management and execution of their fee earners’ day-to-day workload by providing exceptional and proactive administrative support. Acting as workflow manager for other support services including delegating and supervising the completion of document production, file management and copying/scanning work. Taking an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of all aspects of client requirements to provide exceptional service levels to fee earners and clients.   Main Duties and Responsibilities Administrative Manage diaries, ensuring they are up to date and reminding fee earners of meetings etc on a daily basis. Ensure critical date diaries are up to date and circulate to team. Arrange meetings, book conference rooms, refreshments, check rooms prior to meetings etc and liaise with other attendees, both internal and external. Coordinate travel arrangements in the UK and internationally, book and confirm reservations and deal with related details/papers/itineraries. Arrange photocopying, printing, organising couriers, sending out of letters, etc. Arrange for files to be opened and closed, supervise general filing, e-filing, scanning requirements and record keeping. Use effective systems to ensure that both short and long term tasks are completed within required timescales. Support lawyers in marketing activities including involvement in preparation of pitches and presentations. Good working knowledge of the property process and terminology with an ability to carry out property searches and enquiries and liaison with appropriate authorities, preparation of completion statements, reports on title, leases and conveyances and property forms. Communication Take internal and external telephone queries, responding as appropriate and/or ensuring that all messages are passed on in a timely manner. Ensure that all client-related correspondence is passed on to the appropriate fee earner and follow up to ensure that matters are dealt with proactively if the relevant person is out of the office. Monitor post and/or emails and deal with as appropriate. Respond to routine queries using own initiative. Manage outbound correspondence with supporting documentation. Liaise with business support departments on behalf of fee earners as required. Liaise with the Practice Coordinator over any planned absences, arranging cover as necessary and communicating this to the relevant fee earners. Document Production Coordinate correspondence, attachments, documents, reports, presentations, etc produced by the DPC team before they are passed to the relevant fee earner for approval/sign off and undertake basic/minor amendments where appropriate. Type short correspondence and emails when required. Produce and maintain Excel spreadsheets as required. Financial Coordinate the billing process and assist fee earners in the billing and credit control process by liaising with the fee earner and accounts and to produce financial/time reports through the system. Be aware of any service level agreements or arrangements with clients requiring bespoke billing information and be competent in the delivery of that information. Be competent in the delivery of more complex client reporting as and when required using Excel and the firm's financial management systems. Liaise with finance and cash functions as appropriate. Team Duties Assist others in the Group whenever there is spare capacity. Support members of the Birmingham side of the team when they are hot-desking in our London office. Pick up telephone calls for colleagues when they are away from their desk. Work effectively with other legal Groups and support departments as required. Seek out opportunities to pass on knowledge to colleagues. Any other relevant duties as reasonably requested by fee earners. Practice Operations Manager, Practice Co-Ordinator or a person of an appropriate seniority. Key skills and experience Key Skills and Experience: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, research tools and other systems implemented by the firm. Excellent telephone manner. Confidence to deal with routine client queries and take the necessary action in the absence of fee earners. Excellent communication, organisational and team skills. Excellent attention to detail. Flexible, proactive and dependable with a results-orientated approach. Able to remain calm under pressure, work to tight deadlines and prioritise workload. Confident in taking the initiative.  
Gowling WLG Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 23, 2017
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Employment Location: Birmingham About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. Main Purpose of the Job To provide employment law advice as appropriate at a junior level, working with the support of the rest of the team across London and Birmingham. Main Duties and Responsibilities To take responsibility as MFE for matters where day to day running by a junior lawyer is appropriate – e.g. straightforward tribunal claims; review of handbook/contract/policy; written and telephone advice on straightforward operational ER queries; To work with the employment partners, director and associates on contentious and non-contentious matters where they are MFE but there are tasks which are appropriate to delegate to a junior lawyer, e.g. producing first draft risk assessments; first draft TUPE warranties; research; and draft advice. To participate in and contribute to all training run by the team internally within the firm; To deliver training to clients and targets externally as part of a wider team; To participate in pitching for work as part of formal pitch processes, e.g. by contributing to the pitch documentation or being part of the team presenting at the pitch; To participate and contribute to the team’s BD activity as appropriate for a junior lawyer; To support the team’s Excellence activities by sharing knowhow and learning; To ensure all matters for which he/she is MFE are SRA compliant. Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager or Group Support Manager of the firm. Key skills and experience A thorough technical grounding in a good range of employment law issues (albeit we wouldn’t expect the person to have come across everything, given the level of experience we are looking at) e.g. drafting and negotiating compromise agreements; handling straightforward tribunal claims and supporting on more complex ones; advising on ER issues; transactional support – due diligence, drafting and negotiating warranties and indemnities; Excellent analytical skills and an ability to focus on the key issues; Excellent written and oral communication skills, including listening; Proven relationship building skills; A demonstrable ability to see things from a number of perspectives, including primarily the client’s commercial perspective; A willingness to learn and take responsibility for their own development and to support others to do the same; and Flexibility in approach.  
Gowling WLG Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 23, 2017
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Department: Tax & Funds Location: Birmingham About Gowling WLG Gowling WLG is a new international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances. Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow. About the Team Our Tax team is one of the most respected in the United Kingdom.  We consistently receive No1/top tier status in Legal 500 and Chambers. We have a reputation for technical excellence, delivered in a robust, pragmatic and friendly manner and in a commercially relevant context.  We pride ourselves on our supportive and business-driven environment.  We provide tax advice and support across the full range of disciplines and sectors: Our sector focus includes: real estate, and housing; banking and finance; corporate (M&A, joint ventures, share schemes, restructuring and reorganisations); funds – listed and private (including private equity and VCT/EIS/SEIS); energy and projects; pensions; employment and incentives; and international and cross-border. Our disciplines include: corporation tax, income tax and capital gains tax; capital allowances; stamp taxes (stamp duty, SDRT and SDLT); VAT; NICs, PAYE and other employee related tax issues; and CIS. Main Purpose of the Job We are involved in transactional work, and we advise on tax-efficient structuring and set-up work.  Many clients instruct us direct on tax matters. Our clients include: UK institutional investors (including pension funds, life funds and private equity houses); major corporates (public and private); overseas investors (e.g., US, EU, Middle East and Far East); local authorities and other government/quasi-government bodies; not-for-profit organisations (e.g., housing associations); family offices; many well-known businesses (e.g., in the food, manufacturing, housing and energy sectors).  We work closely with many in-house tax teams, and we work collaboratively with other professionals (e.g., accountants, surveyors, actuaries, consultants and engineers). Our team members belong to a host of business-relevant organisations, including: the Chartered Institute of Taxation; the British Property Federation (where we sit on the tax and VAT technical committees); SDLT and VAT Practitioners groups; the Investment Property Forum; the Institute for Fiscal Studies; the Urban Land Institute; the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; and the Federation of Corporate Real Estate. Our business is growing: both top-line revenue and profits.  We have a confident pipeline of activity.   Key skills and experience We want to invest in a corporate tax lawyer with appropriate qualifications and relevant experience.  You will be a qualified solicitor, specialising in Corporate M&A tax.  You will be able to demonstrate academic excellence and first-rate tax-technical skills.  A CTA qualification is desirable, though not essential. Your role will have a classical corporate tax focus (see the bullet points below) - principally to provide transactional tax support and structuring advice to our Corporate team (including banking and finance) and its clients.  You must have share scheme and related experience, and a track-record of providing advice to owner-managed businesses.  The role may be wider than that for the appropriate applicant. You will have a reasonable working knowledge of VAT and SDLT; however expertise in these areas or real estate-focused tax is not required. The appointment is Birmingham-based - but the role requires flexibility.  Much of our work is for London-based clients and others whose business is London-centric.  You need to be flexible enough to work out of our London office as required by the needs of the business. Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture, your success will be integral to ensure the continuing success and growth of the team over the long term. Areas where you will be required to advise: Structuring corporate acquisitions and disposals Documentation and advice on company and business sales and purchases Ensuring tax efficiency for reconstructions and reorganisations Joint ventures Partnership taxation Acting for lenders and borrowers (including withholding tax issues and passport scheme) Tax aspects of banking and insolvency transactions UK aspects of cross-border/international tax structuring, particularly around in-bound investment  Employment and pensions related tax issues Share and other incentives “Schedule 22” advice Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager or Group Support Manager of the firm