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Competition Associate - London

Contract Type
£92,000 - £150,000
Expiry Date
Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms.

Job Description

Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms. It has a leading competition practice as well as an extensive corporate, commercial and financing practice. It also has strong practices in disputes and investigations, intellectual property, financial regulation, tax, real estate and pensions, incentives and employment.

The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of matters. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving our offices in London, Brussels, Hong
Kong and Beijing as well as leading independent law firms in many other jurisdictions. 

The matters 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 matter as a whole or a part of it. 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.

The Competition Team
We have a reputation as one of the world's leading 'go to' competition law practices and our associates have regular involvement in cutting edge work. Current and recent high profile cases include: advising Google in relation to an ongoing Article 102 investigation by the EC; acting in relation to the EU and international merger control aspects of major deals (such as Tata Steel’s joint venture with Thyssenkrupp and Marsh & McLennan’s bid for Jardine Lloyd Thompson) and advising in relation to multijurisdictional follow-on litigation.

The group handles a variety of types of work across the competition and regulatory field. We encourage associates to maintain a broader caseload (across both contentious and non-contentious matters) and not overspecialise. As a general guide, we would expect about 50% of the workload to be merger work with the remaining 50% being a mixture of cartel, abuse of dominance, state aid, public procurement, regulatory and other contentious matters. We find this leads to greater involvement in clients' broader business interests.

As an associate with us, you can expect to be working with a number of partners in the group at any one time, giving you the opportunity to build relationships across the broader team.  Depending on the scale and complexity of the project, you may operate as the single associate on a matter or work as part of a larger team. You will also have the opportunity to develop contacts across the firm: for example, our competition associates regularly work alongside corporate, dispute resolution and intellectual property lawyers, providing clients with integrated legal advice.

Key Responsibilities
- Advising on a range of competition law and commercial issues
- Drafting, reviewing and amending the legal and  commercial aspects of documentation
- 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

- Ability to draft, advise and negotiate in relation to complex transactions
- 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
- High level of professionalism and integrity
- Exposure across a range of high value commercial and corporate transactions or similar (e.g. advising companies in regulated sectors such as telecoms, energy, broadcasting etc.)

- Due to the nature of the role, we require a candidate with demonstrable previous experience as a Competition Associate.

Location: City of London 
Salary: £92,000 - £150,000
Closing Date: 01/11/2020