Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through 21 offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The firm: Simmons & Simmons applies considerable expertise to all business sectors but focuses on: asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). It also focuses on the energy and infrastructure market, in particular through its international projects and construction teams. Simmons & Simmons acts regularly on the most innovative cases, deals and transactions in its chosen areas of specialism and receives recognition for the quality of its work from clients and others within these industry sectors.

Simmons & Simmons London, United Kingdom
Jan 05, 2018
Full time
Job Title   Employment - Senior Associate   Department   Employment   Role   Associate   Job Location   London   Description Overview: Simmons & Simmons’ London employment practice is a recognised leader in the UK marketplace. We are known for our strength–in–depth and ability to provide clients with a proactive approach to employment law matters. We have an unrivalled client base among global corporates and financial institutions – giving us what we believe to be an unparalleled level of experience in complex, domestic and international employment law matters. In the Chambers 2014 UK guide we were described as “The pre-eminent adviser for complex, high-risk claims.” and in the previous year they said “This ‘approachable, decisive and commercial’ team is highly recommended for its advice to clients on high-end litigation matters and strategic restructuring projects.” The group has the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to provide practical advice on domestic, international and transnational issues offering a commercial and creative approach. The team offers a full range of services including advising on all general and strategic employment issues, litigation and issues associated with corporate transactions and reorganisations and advises clients across key business sectors including financial markets, life sciences, TMT and energy and infrastructure. The role: We are seeking a skilled associate with excellent experience to play an integral part in our leading employment practice. The ideal candidate will be 6 years + PQE level and have a credible background in employment law matters. A willingness to take on significant responsibility is essential and the ability to utilise your existing knowledge to further develop on the groups existing platform is essential, including business development and networking activities as part of this role. This role can be based in either our London or Bristol office. Person specification: Excellent academics. Applicants will ideally have 6 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.    
Simmons & Simmons London, United Kingdom
Nov 15, 2017
Full time
Job Title   Professional Support Lawyer - IP   Department   Intellectual Property   Role   Professional Support Lawyer   Job Location   London   Description Our Intellectual Property (IP) Group has been at the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years and has consistently been involved in many of the leading IP cases and transactions. We have over 70 lawyers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Simmons & Simmons is one of the most highly regarded IP practices and advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP. We have industry expertise and focus, in particular in life sciences, TMT, consumer goods, financial institutions, transport and energy and we are highly experienced in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation, strategy and negotiations. The role The purpose of this role will be to deliver knowhow and professional support services to the IP group in London and occasionally to the IP team across the network. The role will involve devising and implementing appropriate strategies to: (i) foster an effective knowledge sharing culture across the IP group; and (ii) s upport the IP Group in providing high quality, efficient and cost effective service to its clients . The role will involve a combination of mid/long term projects and strategic initiatives relating to professional support as well as day-to-day PSL work covering IP law including patents, trade marks, copyright and design rights, both contentious and non-contentious and IP agreements and transactions. Working alongside the fee earners within the IP Group, y ou will deliver high quality knowhow and professional support services, adding value to our client offering, and actively supporting the IP partners in the development of the international practice. The role has a strong focus on marketing and client development. You will work closely with the IP Group’s business development executive to identify opportunities and develop client-facing content. Client-facing knowhow, professional support and training Identifying innovative ways to use know-how to support and add value to our client relationships including drafting/arranging production of thought leadership content. Drafting legal updates and topical articles that can be used for client distribution, publishing in journals, on elexica (our online events, training and know-how website) and elsewhere. Identifying opportunities to deliver seminars, briefings and in-house training to build external client relationships and to build the IP practice’s profile and showcase its expertise. Working with colleagues to realise these opportunities. Working closely with the IP Business Development Executive and others within Marketing Business Development as needed to contribute to campaigns, drafting of pitches, proposals and experience statements. Internal knowhow, professional support and training Developing and delivering the annual IP knowhow and training plan, taking into account the wider International Dispute Resolution Practice Group and Knowledge Management business plans. Drafting and maintaining standard documents (including use of document automation), practice notes and checklists, prioritised to support core products and services of the IP practice group. Liaising with information services staff to ensure procurement of appropriate online services, books, periodicals and journals. Putting in place systems to encourage/foster an effective knowledge sharing culture across the IP practice group. Legal updates, current awareness and research Monitoring relevant legal and market developments, and advising the IP practice group of developments or trends affecting the practice or its clients . Leveraging PLC as the base current awareness offering, adding analysis and commentary as needed to give context and depth to the firm and the practice. Providing high quality research services and, where appropriate, co-ordinating the distribution of research to trainees and junior lawyers . Key Relationships Day to day interaction with the partners, associates, trade mark attorneys, trainees and IP Marketing Executive within the IP practice group in London. Periodic interaction with partners and associates within the IP International Practice Group in other offices and with PSL’s, marketing personnel and fee earners involved with the firm’s key sectors and other practice groups. Periodic contact with members of the Central Knowledge Management team, the Information Services and other Business Services staff. Person specification: Excellent academics Applicants will have at least 4 years’ post qualified experience in a wide range of intellectual property work which will have been gained at another leading City or national practice Previous PSL experience would be useful but not essential Must be entrepreneurial; able to identify opportunities to support the growth and development of the IP practice Be intellectually astute, analytical yet pragmatic Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to gain the respect and confidence of fee earners Able to coach, mentor and develop colleaguesMust be organised, analytical and methodical in their approach Ability and willingness to get involved in marketing, client pitches, etc. Must be pro-active and have the ability to use own initiative Ability to quickly grasp what needs to be done on a project and set the agenda to achieve this Must have a "can-do" attitude and be a team player Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team.  
Simmons & Simmons London, United Kingdom
Nov 06, 2017
Full time
Job Title   Commodities Lawyer   Department   Financial Markets   Role   Associate   Job Location   London   Description   The role We have a market leading commodities practice.   We advise investment banks, brokers, dealers, trading houses, hedge funds, producers, suppliers and users, as well as exchanges and trade associations on a wide range of issues. This includes advice relating to trading commodity and energy derivatives, both on exchange and OTC, and the structuring and regulation of international trading businesses; the regulation of market conduct and market abuse; the structuring of financial instruments relating to commodities/energy; physical marketing, trading and supply; commodity and inventory financing; and dispute resolution, regulatory investigations and enforcement. Our team includes practitioners with in house experience at regulators and within the industry. We are seeking an associate to work alongside the Partner primarily in relation to the regulation, conduct and structuring of financial and non-financial entities dealing in commodities derivatives. The role will be both advisory and transactional.   Person specification     A minimum of 2-5 years’ post qualification experience within commodities/ commodities regulatory which will have been gained at another leading City practice. Experience should include relevant European legislation. Experience relating to commodities exchanges (such as London Metal Exchange (LME) and ICE Futures) would be advantageous. Excellent academics.   Strong client focus with an ability and willingness to get actively involved in marketing and business development. Commercially driven. Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion as required.  
Simmons & Simmons London, United Kingdom
Nov 06, 2017
Full time
  Job Title   Managing Associate, Corporate Pensions   Department   Employment   Role   Associate   Job Location   London   Description   Overview: The pensions team acts for both companies and trustees in relation to all aspects of pension schemes, including establishment, mergers, winding up and ongoing compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements. The group has the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to advise companies, trustees, pension funds and boards of participants on their duties, responsibilities and obligations in relation to pension arrangements and also advises on a number of leading insurance companies in relation to the development of pension products. The team also regularly work with overseas parent companies to advice on their UK subsidiaries’ pension arrangements. We also have a strong pension’s litigation team dealing with all types of pension and trust related claims, advising on a number of leading insurance companies in relation to the development of pension products. The pensions group at Simmons & Simmons deals with all aspects of pension arrangements, including: the establishment, revision, amalgamation or winding up of schemes advice on trustees' powers, duties and statutory obligations investment management agreements and common investment funds acquisition and disposal of companies and assets predator protection employment contracts/dismissal extraction of surplus pension scheme deficits recovery of misappropriated scheme assets insurance products: personal pension plans and offshore arrangements advice to independent trustees contentious aspects of pensions, including rectification claims, actions to recover overpayments and claims involving professional advisers. The role: We are seeking an experienced associate with excellent experience of corporate pensions to join our market leading pensions practice. A variety of contentious and non-contentious work is on offer, with the opportunity to work closely with the team in both Bristol and London. A willingness to take on significant responsibility is essential and the ability to utilise your existing pension’s knowledge to further develop on the groups existing platform is essential, including business development and networking activities as part of this role. Due to continued growth and success, this is newly created role which will further develop and support our existing team. Person specification Excellent academics. A minimum of 5 years’ post qualification experience which will have been gained at another leading City 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.
Simmons & Simmons London, United Kingdom
Oct 23, 2017
Full time
Job Title   Business Development Executive - Projects and Construction   Department   Marketing & Business Development   Role   Business Services   Job Location   London   Description Simmons & Simmons is currently recruiting for a Business Development Executive to join the Marketing and Business Development team in London. Main purpose of the role: To work with the international projects and international construction teams and the Africa team, to deliver incisive and value-added marketing and business development support ensuring key objectives in the BD plans are achieved. The job will enable the candidate to work in an international environment. The role is in a busy area of the business where we are looking for someone that works well under pressure and delivers to deadlines. Main duties and responsibilities: Support the key client programme including updating account plans ahead of monthly client team meetings, and communicate actions following client team meetings to all stakeholders to facilitate the development of key client relationships. Support the International Projects/International Construction/Africa teams including updating plans ahead of monthly team meetings which includes sector updates, key market developments with clients, contribute to the identification of upcoming BD and marketing opportunities, and communicate actions following sub-sector meetings to all stakeholders to facilitate the development of the sub-sector plans. To run a pitch without supervision, including carrying out pitch debriefs with clients as appropriate. Project management of assigned BD initiatives which include events such as breakfast briefings, roundtables, external conferences and client visits. To develop and project manage the content of written communications including factsheets, credentials, webpages and intranet pages, including their production and maintenance ensuring best practice is observed. To strengthen the firm’s reputation in the sectors through the identification of speaking and media opportunities, involvement with trade bodies, as well as oversee the project management of directory and award submissions as necessary. To take responsibility for monitoring expenditure and ensuring efficient financial control of the relevant budgets. Person Specification Education / Qualifications / Experience: Minimum of 3 years marketing or BD experience, with experience in a professional services firm or relevant sector preferred. University degree in business, marketing or related area preferred. Professional marketing qualification is desirable. Technical/Work-based Skills/Knowledge: Capable of managing and implementing marketing and BD tasks with a low level of supervision. Fluently articulates the difference between marketing and BD, and has a minimum of three years’ experience working in one of the two areas. Can competently run a pitch, requiring supervision only on complex opportunities. Can accurately and efficiently identify contributory material for pitches and manage the logistics. Other requirements: The role is in a very pitch heavy area of the firm, therefore flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours as and when required is advantageous