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|
Gowling WLG has a multi-award winning pensions law team. We are around 45 pensions lawyers and we distinguish ourselves in the pensions law market by being good people to work with and offering:
•Advice which comes off the fence (not just information or legal opinions)
•In plain language
•Backed by the highest technical standards.
Second-to-none training and development for our lawyers is a key part of our profile as a pensions team (and as a firm). And this is a good place to work. Five members of our pensions team have tried pensions teams in other firms, and then returned to work in this team. It’s not just this team: the firm as a whole regularly wins awards for being a good place to work, for its diversity initiatives, and for the way it handles trainees and training contracts.
Pensions operates as a single team across two UK offices, with roughly equal numbers in Birmingham and London. Most of our the larger clients have lawyers from both offices on their client service teams.
We advised (or have done pensions law project work for) employers, trustees, the Regulator, the PPF, NEST, several insurance companies, actuarial firms and other industry players. Gowling WLG (or its predecessor pensions teams Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham) act or acted on cutting edge matters such as:
•The legal review of the Regulator’s “Tool Box” (online training).
•The PPF’s review of its socially responsible investment adviser mandate.
•The first ever auto-enrolment compliant cash balance scheme (at Morrisons).
•BMW’s longevity SWAP.
•The £2.4bn Philips buy-out (the biggest ever in the EU).
•NEST’s initial website structure and member interactions documentation.
•The £320m asset backed funding structure using intellectual property assets for GKN.
•Many of Rothesay Life’s largest buy outs.
•Several leading cases including Steria (Court of Appeal on the effect of Booklets) and the current Sea Containers litigation.
•Cutting edge public sector pensions work, including rewriting the entire public sector pensions legislation for the Isle of Man and developing the retention of employment model for managing the effects of TUPE in the context of Health Service Pensions.
We have a partner and three PSLs focussed on excellence and making sure our lawyers are the best they can be: fully supported in the market where they operate.
|Main Duties and Responsibilities|
|Key skills and experience|
The ideal candidate for this role will be a qualified Solicitor at least 18 months PQE.
Some or all of the following (depending on the level of qualification) would be helpful in a qualified solicitor seeking to join us:
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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