Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, financial institutions and governments.

Slaughter and May London, United Kingdom
Oct 27, 2017
Full time
Overview Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms with an extensive corporate, financial institutions, commercial and financing practice. The specialist groups, including Intellectual Property, Financial Regulation, Tax, Competition, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Pensions and Employment, complement these main activities. The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of financial and commercial matters as well as developing an expertise in specialist areas. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving our overseas offices as well as leading independent law firms in many other jurisdictions. Associates tend to work for partners in their own group, but you may also work for partners in other groups to provide a breadth of experience not only in types of work, but also in the different working practices and approach of different partners. The transactions we work on are generally challenging and sophisticated. We do, however, aim to give associates as much responsibility and client contact as they are ready for. Junior associates may take the lead either on the transaction as a whole or a part of it. If you feel comfortable running a negotiation/meeting alone, the partners will be keen to encourage you. We recognise that individuals all need to develop at their own pace so your progress and workload will be continually monitored and reviewed with your mentor partner. Group structure of our IP/Techonology practice Our IP/Technology practice is led by 5 partners and currently has 12 associates, 5 trainees, 2 PSLs and a paralegal. As an associate with us, you will potentially work with any of the partners in your group and also those from elsewhere, giving you the opportunity to see a wide range of working styles and strategic approaches. The group acts for a broad range of clients across a number of sectors, including consumer brands, pharmaceuticals, financial services, high street and online retail, transport, telecoms and technology, utilities, sport, and central Government. In keeping with our “multi-specialist approach”, we advise on matters of intellectual property, information technology, telecoms, strategic sourcing and outsourcing, e-commerce and data protection, rather than specialising in any one small area. This gives our lawyers regular client contact and significant involvement in clients’ broader business interests. You will therefore be in a position to build strong client relationships from a very early stage of your career and be involved in both the legal and commercial decisionmaking at some of the largest commercial organisations in the world, including GSK, Diageo, Arsenal and Rolls- Royce. IP/Technology Associate 1-3 PQE IP/Technology Associate 1-3 PQE Role and responsibilities  Advising on trade mark licensing, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and franchising deals  Advising on disputes and litigation covering the full spectrum of intellectual property rights. These range from complex patent actions to all forms of dispute relating to trade marks, passing off, copyright, database rights, design rights and breach of confidence claims  Advising on commercial technology arrangements from global technology outsourcings, strategic Technology procurement programs and cloud solutions to traditional software, development, licensing and maintenance agreements  Advising on the IP/technology aspects of M&A, disposals and joint ventures. For example, establishing sophisticated licensing structures, conducting complex due diligence exercises on very substantial portfolios of patents, trademarks and copyright works and advising on the creation and enforcement of security interests over IP assets  Advising on the full range of sourcing arrangements - from technology outsourcings, including infrastructure, desktop, application and application support, to more general business transformation outsourcing including business process, knowledge process, manufacturing, telecoms and facilities management outsourcing; advising on different strategic sourcing structures including co-sourcing, multi-sourcing, offshoring and insourcing  Advising on strategic digital projects for a wide mix of technology, online, e-commerce and innovation clients  Providing strategic data protection and privacy advice for technology clients and on digital and technology related transactions, including GDPR compliance programmes  Developing professional relationships with clients  Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising the profile of the firm  Managing/supervising the work of others including trainees  Providing efficient professional support for partners. Key skills and attributes   
Slaughter and May London, United Kingdom
Sep 25, 2017
Full time
Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms with an extensive corporate, commercial and financing practice. The specialist practice areas, including the Incentives practice, complement these main activities. The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of financial and commercial matters as well as developing an expertise in specialist areas. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving the firm’s overseas offices as well as leading independent law firms in other jurisdictions. Unlike at other City firms, we do not have individual billing or time recording targets. The absence of those targets benefits both our clients and our fee earners. While our clients appreciate the value we add, our lawyers are able to focus exclusively on the work in hand and are not burdened by an hours‑driven culture. The Team The Incentives practice at Slaughter and May is part of the Pensions and Employment group. This is an integrated department of 6 partners, around 23 associates, 4 Professional Support Lawyers and 6 trainees, advising on employment, share plans and pensions. Many of our lawyers advise in two or more of these areas. This is in contrast to the common approach of having separate departments for each of these areas. The department’s work in relation to incentives includes some of the largest corporate transactions, for example in 2017 advising Standard Life on its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management and John Wood Group on its proposed acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler, as well as advising a large number of companies on the implementation of new share plans and the operation of existing plans. Key Responsibilities • Acting as the day-to-day contact for advising clients on a wide range of share plan and incentives issues • Taking responsibility for the share plan and incentives aspects of corporate transactions of all kinds, including public and private transactions • Contributing to and developing share plan knowhow Requirements Essential: • Training ideally in a City or other firm with a known incentives practice • Is newly qualified to 1 year PQE and has experience or interest in either incentives or employment • Experience post-qualification could be 100% in the field of incentives but experience of incentives plus employment or personal tax or corporate work would also be beneficial • Has the flexibility to support on straightforward employment or other matters, if there was insufficient workload on the incentives front at any time • Has a strong academic background and a demonstrable, high level of intellectual rigour. We are also looking for candidates who demonstrate: • Ability to draft, advise and negotiate in relation to complex transactions • First rate analytical skills • Excellent inter-personal skills • Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment • Resilient under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines • High level of professionalism and integrity. The purpose of this description is to provide guidance in relation to the general requirements of the position referred to. It is by no means an exhaustive list of the responsibilities that will be involved