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Associate / Senior Associate

Company Gowling WLG Location London
Contract Permanent Position Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Legal

Job Description

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do''

 Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

About the Team

We work with existing and 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. FinTech is a developing practice area and the firm is a leader in this field
  • Firms such as asset managers and funds 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. Most of the advice given by the team is non-contentious. However, following recent expansion of the team, we also now have a significant capability to advise clients on regulatory investigations and enforcement issues.  The team is rated in the Legal 500.

The team has recently recruited a new Partner and Head of the Team (who is a former senior regulator), as well as a senior recruit from the FCA, so there is a serious commitment to develop the practice area, building on an already strong base.

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. Previous experience of advising on payment services, E-money, consumer credit and retail regulatory issues would be helpful.
  • Previous experience of advising on FCA investigations and enforcement would be helpful
  • Business development skills, or an appetite to develop those skills
  • 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 or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


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