Withers LLP

Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years.

We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot. We have represented 42% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list.

Withers LLP London, UK
Oct 04, 2018
Full time
Description The Department The Pensions team is part of the Wealth Planning practice group, working closely with our Wealth Planning specialists.  The Wealth Planning team helps successful families and entrepreneurs around the world structure their assets in a way that will preserve their wealth now and for future generations. We advise on all aspects of wealth structuring, using domestic and international trusts and foundations and private trust companies in local as well as offshore jurisdictions and we co-ordinate the acquisition of appropriate investments. Some of our clients are based only in the US or UK. Others are international families with family members who have UK and/or US connections and want to mitigate their exposure to tax. We also assist families based in the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere who have little or no connection with the UK or US but want to hold their wealth in suitable trust structures. The Pensions team advises clients in relation to their personal tax and estate planning affairs, taking into account pensions retirement and death benefits.  The team also supports the wider Firm, and advises on a wide variety of occupational pensions matters. The Role The role will cover both pensions and wealth planning.  The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience of providing pensions advice, and will be keen to develop new skills and provide advice as a wealth planning lawyer.  It is intended that the role will be split broadly equally between providing pensions advice and providing wealth planning advice involving all aspects of tax, trusts and domestic and international wealth planning.  The successful applicant is not expected to have any prior experience of providing wealth planning advice. With regards to the pensions element of the role, client instructions cover matters such as: Advice to trustees or employers of occupational pension schemes – for example: auto-enrolment obligations (particularly for overseas employers who have employees working temporarily in the UK); managing ongoing and legacy pension arrangements (for example providing advice on day-to-day governance, on effecting changes to pension benefits, and in relation to projects such as de-risking exercises and scheme wind-up); and pension issues in corporate transactions. Advice to individual pension scheme members – for example: transferring pension benefits between schemes; 2015 pension freedoms; the Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance; and pensions inheritance tax planning. Advice to individuals with a cross-border element – for example: the taxation of overseas pension benefits received by a UK tax resident individual; the taxation of UK pension benefits received by a non-UK tax resident; and the availability of the exemption from inheritance tax to a specific overseas pension scheme. Other key accountabilities will include: Delivering high quality professional services to clients.  Managing clients’ affairs effectively and profitably through delivery of own case load. Taking responsibility for keeping up-to-date with developments in the industry, and updating colleagues where appropriate. Building and maintaining a network of intermediaries and enthusiasm for developing business.  Actively working on business development with existing and potential clients. This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive.  It is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance of this job and, as such, the role may include the undertaking of additional tasks as required. Skills and experience required Key skills and experience An ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations Experience of working for premium clients and meeting their needs Strong academics Excellent written and communication skills Excellent research skills Team player Strong IT skills (e.g. Word & excel) The essentials Based in the London office A generous benefits package 9.30am – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must About Withersworldwide Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot.  We have represented 42% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list. The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax.  Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer.  There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.
Withers LLP London, UK
Oct 04, 2018
Contract
Description The IP Team Currently the team is engaged in a broad range of IP and technology related work, from trade mark, copyright and design issues, creative industry clients to technology licensing. We also advise organisations regularly on data protection, e-privacy and cyber security matters, e-commerce regulation and advertising and consumer protection regulation as well as competition law issues. The team is also active in the art sector working with many artists, representatives, galleries, sellers and acquirers of art. Our client base ranges from individuals, such as leading designers, artists, sports people and entrepreneurs, to retailers and multinational household name brands as well as not for profit and charity clients. Our key focus is on meeting the needs of our clients who are often leaders in their sectors.  Our lawyers have trained at top legal practices and pride themselves on their rigorous legal skills and commercial service delivery to match the best in their field.   At the same time, we aim to foster a friendly and accessible culture for all the team of which the chosen candidate will be a crucial part. The Role The role will involve providing administration support and assistance. This involves assisting our lawyers and other fee earners in helping them administer their work (including trade mark portfolio management, billing and compliance, organisation of their matters, although direct client exposure will be involved and the candidate will have an opportunity to liaise with third party agents and correspondent law firms. Responsibilities Liaising regularly with the IP Team Administrator and Withers' Accounts Team regarding billing / disbursements, including reviewing billing guides; updating billing and narrative summaries; dealing with third party disbursement only invoices, reviewing draft client bills Preparation of first drafts of Terms of Engagement letters; using electronic file opening, ensuring money laundering is adhered to and requesting necessary documentation Assisting with administration of files and management of deadlines primarily in relation to trade mark applications and proceedings Updating relevant matters following phone calls and meetings to ensure accurate records within the department Receiving all IP-related disbursements from third parties, reviewing bills received to ensure that these are in line with fee estimates and taking responsibility for posting to relevant files Dealing with client and third party billing queries Conflict checks, client matter set up, DD and engagement letters File and new matter opening Day to day filing Ensuring matters progress and meet deliverables in the absence of the Associates Diary management This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive.  It is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance of this job and, as such, the role may include the undertaking of additional tasks as required. Skills and experience required Key skills and experience A solid understanding and working knowledge of IP law is essential Experience with Trade Marks would be advantageous Ability to acquire new skills and to understand sophisticated concepts Familiarity with technology e.g. Excel, Word Ability to work as part of a team and under pressure Financial aptitude (for billing and disbursements ) Excellent written and verbal communication skills The essentials 9.30 – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must 12 week probation period 4 week notice period Based in the London office Flexible benefit package  About Withersworldwide Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot.  We have represented 42% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list. The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax.  Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer.  There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.
Withers LLP London, UK
Oct 04, 2018
Full time
Description The Department Our team helps successful families and entrepreneurs around the world structure their assets in a way that will preserve their wealth now and for future generations. We advise on all aspects of wealth structuring, using domestic and international trusts and foundations and private trust companies in local as well as offshore jurisdictions and we co-ordinate the acquisition of appropriate investments. Our advice to fiduciaries covers the design and implementation of new plans, as well as the modernization and consolidation of older trusts. We also assist them in complying with the complex rules surrounding investments, accounting, taxes and compliance. Some of our clients are based only in the US or UK. Others are international families with family members who have UK and/or US connections and want to mitigate their exposure to tax. We also assist families based in the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere who have little or no connection with the UK or US but want to hold their wealth in suitable trust structures. The Role The role will cover a mixed caseload involving all aspects of tax, trusts and domestic and international wealth planning.   Other key accountabilities will include: UK personal tax advice for both domestic and international families on their succession and tax planning using wills, trusts and other structures.  Delivering high quality professional services with a focus on UK tax and trust law.  Advice to settlors, fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding the establishment and management of offshore structures. Managing clients’ affairs effectively and profitably through delivery of own case load.  Building and maintaining a network of intermediaries and enthusiasm for developing business.  Actively working on business development with domestic and international clients.  This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive.  It is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance of this job and, as such, the role may include the undertaking of additional tasks as required. Skills and experience required Key skills and experience Previous experience of private client, wealth structuring and tax advice Experience of working on transactions and large projects Strong academics Excellent written and communication skills Excellent research skills Team player Strong IT skills (e.g. Word & excel) The essentials Based in the London office A generous benefits package 9.30am – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must About Withersworldwide Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot.  We have represented 42% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list. The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax.  Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer.  There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.
Withers LLP London, UK
Oct 04, 2018
Full time
Description The role The banking and finance role encompasses the full range of multi-national transactions with a broad spectrum of clients which range from lenders (which include retail banks, private banks and bridging finance providers) and borrowers (which include private individuals, property developers and investors, corporates and hotels).  The banking and finance team in London acts for both borrowers and lenders but more private and international banks as some practice teams in London take an adverse position to larger banks. The role additionally envisages a familiarity with and willingness to undertake some corporate work as an adjunct to banking and finance.  For example, advising on and documenting the issue of shares upon the conversion of debt to equity.  Excellent academics and the benefit of a broad training in well-regarded Banking & Finance and Corporate departments Excellent written and verbal communication skills Effective team player - able to work effectively in an established, close-knit team An enthusiastic and engaged attitude with excellent people skills and a good, clear communication style A willingness to take responsibility and ability to form strong working relationships across all areas of the practice and the firm Excellent technical ability and solid drafting skills Ability to communicate and handle client contact (both internal and external) from the outset Capacity and adaptability to develop a broad transactional practice A commercial and pragmatic outlook Familiarity with technology e.g. Excel, Word Previous experience in a private client environment will be beneficial but not necessary Skills and experience required The Department Withers comprises over 160 partners and more than 1000 people across 18 strategic offices in Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific. The firm operates across multiple legal disciplines, time zones and jurisdictions and is dedicated to the creation, maintenance and enhancement of capital for successful people, businesses and institutions and enjoys a reputation as a leading service provider in the field of private capital and its financing and deployment. We have close working relations with lawyers throughout the globe and coordinate complex tax-driven and other structured transactions and multi–jurisdictional insolvency, restructurings and litigation. The international banking and finance practice of Withersworldwide comprises lawyers across our offices with expertise in the following areas: general banking; private banking; art finance; trade finance; real estate finance; asset finance; acquisition and leveraged finance; multilateral finance; project finance; capital markets, derivatives and structured finance; fund finance; tax, trusts and agency; financial services regulatory; finance litigation, asset tracing and insolvency. We advise banks, financial institutions and borrowers on wholesale and retail banking. We assist clients on all aspects of banking law, including the regulation of banking, the bank/customer relationship, domestic UK and US and international banking operations, and securities of all types. We provide advice on secured and unsecured transactions such as revolving credit, term and cash flow facilities, and draft security and facility documentation, both standard and customised. We also advise clients in related fields such as acquisition finance, aircraft and shipping finance, art finance, derivatives, financial services, leasing, project finance, property and development finance, and trade finance. Our client list includes a number of domestic and international leading banks and financial institutions, as well as business, real estate and high net worth individual borrowers. We also advise alternative investment houses such as hedge funds on innovative financing transactions, many of which have an international aspect.  In the UK we advise some of the domestic banks, as well as foreign banks in London, such as the State Bank of India. We also work with most of the major Italian banks. In the US, we represent financial institutions such as North Fork Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of America and People's United Bank. We also regularly act for non-profit clients in the provision of advice both on commercial banking and on development finance projects. About Withersworldwide Withersworldwide have been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad. In this fast moving and increasingly regulated world the need for integrated and timely advice has never been more urgent.  We are recognised as the only international law firm for successful people, their families, their businesses and their philanthropic work. With offices in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean we provide coverage that other law firms focussed on the individual cannot.  We continually look for opportunities to ensure we are based in the same locations as our clients and their wealth. We have represented 51% of the Top-100 ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, as well as a significant number of people listed in the US (Forbes) and Asian (Hurun) Rich Lists.  The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax.  Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer.  There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.                         
Withers LLP London, UK
Oct 04, 2018
Full time
Description The Division We represent a wide variety of businesses, financial institutions, governments, individuals and international organisations. As well as acting in contractual disputes, we are known for working in: financial services, international arbitration (commercial and investment treaty), public international law, art and cultural property, equity and fraud, reputation management, insolvency and international trusts. The Role An exceptional opportunity now exists to join the firm's international arbitration group in the litigation and arbitration department. We are seeking a charismatic and ambitious associate with a proven ability to develop clients and manage associates on international arbitration and public international law matters.  The role will include: Assisting with international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law matters; Drafting, reviewing and amending materials and documents such as pleadings, witness statements and correspondence; Experience in the field of Public International Law advising on international treaty disputes, the law of the sea, human rights and international investment disputes; Managing a variety of caseloads across multiple areas within the field of public international law and international arbitration; Assisting with pitches on public international law matters; Experience of managing large cases and associates; and Proven business development skills are an advantage for the role. Skills and experience required Key skills and experience Candidates should be admitted to practice law and have suitable international arbitration experience (commercial and investment treaty). The successful candidate will have excellent written communication and drafting skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate initiative.  As a successful Litigation Associate, you will be analytical and extremely organised. Candidates will ideally need to be fluent in another language. You will be well versed in commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration and have experience across a variety of cases and courts, as well as advising clients in international arbitration disputes. About Withersworldwide Withersworldwide has been acting for successful institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs,. We have  offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean. We have represented 42% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list. The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax.  Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer.  There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.  
Withers LLP London, United Kingdom
Nov 27, 2017
Full time
Description The Department The Wealth Planning practice provides sophisticated legal advice to some of the world’s most successful people, from aristocracy to first, second and third generation entrepreneurs, industrialists, senior executives, celebrities, artists, philanthropists and other prominent figures.  This practice generates approximately 55% of the firm's revenues (globally) and is the firm’s engine room.  The firm has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices in the world.  As well as acting for clients with a UK connection, the London Wealth Planning practice has an international focus and acts for clients in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America in relation to trust and succession planning.   The Role We are looking for a robust, career-minded paralegal to join our market-leading international Wealth Planning team.   You will work with a broad range of clients (including trustees, administrators, banks, and beneficiaries) in relation to a range of private client related legal matters.  Succession planning for international families is a key part of this role, and you will assist with implementing estate-planning arrangements for individuals.  The work will involve a mix of domestic UK and international matters.  Key elements of the role include: Legal research Document management, review and analysis Assisting in preparing pitches and tenders and in aspects of business development Assisting with client events Preparing draft documents including wills, powers of attorneys and trust deeds Produce accurate, high quality work quickly and efficiently, using the firm's software packages and document management systems Preparing first drafts of Terms of Engagement letters; using electronic file opening, ensuring anti-money laundering requirements are adhered to and requesting necessary Know Your Client documentation Providing effective and proactive communication with clients, legal staff and other support staff, organising meetings, answering the phone, taking messages, managing e-mail, etc. Resolving accounting queries and producing monthly bills using Elite (finance and time recording system) Skills and experience required Key skills and experience A minimum of two years' experience working as a paralegal (or in a similar role) is desirable Ability to acquire new skills and to understand sophisticated concepts Familiarity with technology e.g. Excel, Word Strong research skills Ability to work as part of a team and under pressure Financial aptitude (for billing) Strong academics Excellent written and verbal communication skills The essentials                                                                                                 9.30 – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must 12 week probation period Four week notice period Flexible benefit package This role is due to commence in Jan 2018 About Withersworldwide Withers have been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad. In this fast moving and increasingly regulated world, the need for integrated and timely advice has never been more urgent. With offices in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage that other law firms focussed on the individual cannot.  We continually look for opportunities to ensure we are based in the same locations as our clients and their wealth.