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
Slaughter and May London, United Kingdom
May 31, 2017
Full time
Job Title Associate Practice Area Pensions Location London City PQE 5 years’ + PQE (flexible) Working hours 4-5 days per week, regular hours Introduction Slaughter and May has a strong pensions practice acting for blue chip clients who include Akzo Nobel, the BT Pension Scheme, General Motors, GSK, Royal Mail and Unilever. We advise not just employers, but also pension fund trustees. Our Pensions & Employment Group comprises 4 partners, around 20 associates, 4 PSLs, 4 trainees and 2 paralegals. The 4 partners are Philip Bennett, Jonathan Fenn, Charles Cameron and Sandy Maudgil. The position We are looking for an experienced pensions lawyer to do general advisory work (as distinct from transactional work). We are able to offer regular hours (no transaction work) and the opportunity to work part-time (preferably 4 days a week) with interesting, high quality work. The vacancy arises partly from an expansion of work and partly from the retirement, later this year, of an existing senior associate who has worked on a part-time basis in the Group for more than 15 years. The candidate’s skills We are looking for a 5 years’ + PQE solicitor who:  has an agile mind  uses a rigorous analytical approach to solving clients’ problems in a practical way  has excellent organisational and time management skills,  has a broad experience of general advisory pensions work (and the associated in depth knowledge of pensions legislation), and  has good writing and drafting skills. Some other points to consider This opportunity may be of interest to somebody with the right skill set who is returning from a career break. The Department has an excellent know-how system, supported by its PSLs and active internal training programmes. Unlike a number of City firms, we do not have internal billing or time recording targets. 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 a billing or time recording target culture. Boilerplate 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. Please note that any offer of employment with the firm is subject the firm receiving a satisfactory report in respect of the successful candidate from its third party screening and vetting agency.  
Slaughter and May London, United Kingdom
May 31, 2017
Full time
Overview Financing Associate 0-3 PQE We are recruiting into our Financinggroups in London. The roles will form part of our broad multi-specialist Financingpractice and have a wide remit. Associates will tend to work for partners in their own group, but 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. It would not be unusual for one of our juniorassociates to have worked on a bilateral loan, a syndicated loan, a highly structured financing using both debt and equity components and quite commonly legal entities in multiple jurisdictions or some more specialist financing work, such as a securitisation or project financing. 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 andworkload will be continually monitored and reviewed with your mentor partner. Group structure of our Financing practice Our Financing practice is divided into three groups with around 5-8partnersand 20-30 associatesin each. 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 groups all act for a broad range of clients and handle a variety of types of work rather than specialising in one small area. However, each of the three groups does have a slightly different client base and focus: one handles a lot of Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation work, another's focus is Acquisition and Leveraged Finance while the third group has more of a Corporate Recovery and Insolvency slant.This structureleads to more regular client contact and greater involvement in clients’ broader business interests. You will therefore be in a position to build very strong client relationships from a very early stage of your career and to be involved in both the legal and commercial decision-making at some of the largest commercial organisations in the world.Financing Associate 0-3 PQE Role and responsibilities  Drafting, reviewing and amending the legal and commercial aspects of documentation  Advising onthe financing elements ofa range of corporate and commercial issues  Advising on acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, project finance and structured finance  Advising on debt capital market transactions, corporate recovery and insolvency and securitisations  Advising on bank lending of all kinds, including corporate and sovereign  Providing efficient professional support for partners  Developing professional relationships with clients  Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising the profile of the firm  Managing/supervising the work ofothers including trainees. Key skills and attibutes  Appropriate level of post-qualification experience (we anticipate approximately 0 and 3years) in a City, major regionalor leading international firm  Broad exposure across a range of high value transactions  Previous experience of working on similar scale deals and with a significant levelof responsibility is essential  Ability to draft, advise and negotiate in relation to complex transactions  Demonstrable first rate legal/commercial knowledge  Strong academic background (the equivalent of high 2.1 degree and AAB at A-level) and a demonstrable high level of intellectual analysis  Excellent client relationship skills  Excellent efficiency and transaction management skills  Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment  Resilient under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines  Experienced in running negotiations/meetings under minimal supervision  High level of professionalism and integrity; displayingthe highest standard of professional ethics  Experience of working in a diverse team whilst fostering an inclusive team culture. Financing Associate 0-3 PQE Culture One of the distinguishing features of the firm is that we do not operate an "hours" culture; we have no targets set by reference to time recording or billing. Associates frequently comment on how liberating this can be; it enables them to focus on providing the best possible service for the client regardless of how long that might take. It also helps foster a collegiate and non-competitive culture in which you will feel comfortable both asking for advice and offering support to your colleagues. Transactional work is notorious for its "peaks and troughs" and that will be your experience with us. However, during the quieter periods, we will expect you to make the most of your downtime - to get away on time in the evenings, take the opportunity to use the gym a bit more or simply allow yourself the luxury of taking more time on the work you have. We simply don’t have a culture of "face time". International opportunities The vast majority of the work undertaken in the Financinggroups is international. Approximately 60% of our new clients each year are based overseas andthe nature of our domestic client base is such that most of them have considerable overseas interests. Our Best Friends network ensures that we and our clients have access to the very best international legal advice which in turn enables us to see more than our fair share of the most interesting global transactions. English law is often at the heart of a dealso we frequently find ourselves playing a key role projectmanaging the international advisers and bringing all the strands of the transaction together. Your professional development We run extensive legal and skills training programmes to support all our associates at every stage of their career. Legal training The annual legal training programme for junior associates offers over twenty courses. Courses are delivered by partners, associates, support lawyers and sometimes external speakers which ensures that they are founded on deep experience and are focused on the requirements of modern City practitioners. The topics covered are broad and courses generally include both presentations and interactive workshops. They aim to give the associates a real-life overview of how a transaction might run from start to finish e.g. what strategies the other side might employ and what the market norms are at the time, as well as looking at the detail of the transaction documents. There is a programme of interactive roundtables for our senior associates and this covers interesting and relevant topics in more depth. Business skills training We have two skills training programmes. Our programme for junior associates, OneGoal, focuses on developing the practice and people skills they need to succeed in their careers. We aim to run about 10 courses a year which are delivered by a combination of internal and external speakers. There are courses on negotiation, persuading and influencing and working effectively. The Associate Leadership Development Programme is for our more senior associates and is designed to build on the foundation skills developed on the OneGoal programme. The programme is modular and covers business development, client relationship management and leading people. These courses, which are held off-site, are interactive and led by internal and external specialists.