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This is a dynamic and varied role in a supportive and friendly global team. The role involves engaging directly with the firm’s lawyers on a daily basis as a trusted advisor as well as working to formulate, influence and implement policies which directly affect the new business intake and revenue generation of the firm.

Lawyers within the Business Acceptance team identify and analyse legal and commercial conflicts and confidential information issues and provide advice on negotiating client engagement terms. They work very closely with partners, senior management and other members of the firm to ensure the firm manages the legal, commercial and reputational risks of new business acceptance.

Key responsibilities and challenges:

The purpose of all the responsibilities below is to ensure that the firm complies with its legal and professional obligations relating to conflicts and confidentiality worldwide.

Advise the firm on conflict issues

Advising the firm’s lawyers and Senior Management on new business acceptance across the full range of the firm’s practice areas, taking account of applicable regulation, commercial sensitivities, reputational concerns and internal policies. This involves liaising with the firm’s lawyers and Senior Management to establish whether new work would create a conflict of interest, often in the context of a range of potentially related matters (often highly complex transactions). It also involves drafting and reviewing appropriate terms of engagement where acceptance of the mandate is subject to certain conditions.

Information Management

Work with the firm’s lawyers to ensure compliance with our legal and professional obligations in relation to the protection of client confidential information.

Engagement Terms

Advise the firm’s lawyers on use and content of engagement letters, terms of business, and outside counsel guidelines.

Training and Communication

Train the firm’s lawyers and Business Teams (including in offices outside London, as required) on the firm’s policies, new regulatory developments and Risk management.

Sector Focus

Act as key contact point supporting specified Sector Leaders with all business acceptance issues arising in their sector and assisting in proactively prioritising clients to preserve the firm’s flexibility to take on roles.

Projects

Be involved in the conception, development and delivery of projects relating to the improvement of the provision of service to the firm’s lawyers in a wider range of areas related to risk management.

Team management and development

Assist in supporting and mentoring analysts of the Business Acceptance team.

On-call

Be on-call to advise the firm’s lawyers out of hours should they need emergency conflicts of interest guidance.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Location

London

Character

Confident, quick-learner, approachable, intelligent, hard-working, robust, team-player.

Education / Qualification

Graduate – minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent); Qualified solicitor with at least 2 years’ PQE at Linklaters or another magic circle firm (or equivalent).

Languages

English

Other European or Asian language(s) (desirable)

Practical experience

Drafting, negotiating and advising on agreements, memoranda and other legal documents for clients. Familiarity with deal structures and terminology

Corporate, Banking, Litigation, Capital Markets or Restructuring and Insolvency legal experience (desirable)

Office skills

Basic computer skills

Basic project management experience (desirable)

Commercial Skills

Able to analyse complex legal issues

Able to balance the firm’s legal obligations with its business needs – i.e. “being commercial”

Good problem solver; able to offer knowledgeable, practical, and creative solutions

Able to adapt to different cultures worldwide

Able to manage and prioritise competing projects, often within limited timeframes

Able to develop relationships with Partners, fee-earners and staff at all levels and influence them

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
This is a dynamic and varied role in a supportive and friendly global team. The role involves engaging directly with the firm’s lawyers on a daily basis as a trusted advisor as well as working to formulate, influence and implement policies which directly affect the new business intake and revenue generation of the firm.

Lawyers within the Business Acceptance team identify and analyse legal and commercial conflicts and confidential information issues and provide advice on negotiating client engagement terms. They work very closely with partners, senior management and other members of the firm to ensure the firm manages the legal, commercial and reputational risks of new business acceptance.

Key responsibilities and challenges:

The purpose of all the responsibilities below is to ensure that the firm complies with its legal and professional obligations relating to conflicts and confidentiality worldwide.

Advise the firm on conflict issues

Advising the firm’s lawyers and Senior Management on new business acceptance across the full range of the firm’s practice areas, taking account of applicable regulation, commercial sensitivities, reputational concerns and internal policies. This involves liaising with the firm’s lawyers and Senior Management to establish whether new work would create a conflict of interest, often in the context of a range of potentially related matters (often highly complex transactions). It also involves drafting and reviewing appropriate terms of engagement where acceptance of the mandate is subject to certain conditions.

Information Management

Work with the firm’s lawyers to ensure compliance with our legal and professional obligations in relation to the protection of client confidential information.

Engagement Terms

Advise the firm’s lawyers on use and content of engagement letters, terms of business, and outside counsel guidelines.

Training and Communication

Train the firm’s lawyers and Business Teams (including in offices outside London, as required) on the firm’s policies, new regulatory developments and Risk management.

Sector Focus

Act as key contact point supporting specified Sector Leaders with all business acceptance issues arising in their sector and assisting in proactively prioritising clients to preserve the firm’s flexibility to take on roles.

Projects

Be involved in the conception, development and delivery of projects relating to the improvement of the provision of service to the firm’s lawyers in a wider range of areas related to risk management.

Team management and development

Assist in supporting and mentoring analysts of the Business Acceptance team.

On-call

Be on-call to advise the firm’s lawyers out of hours should they need emergency conflicts of interest guidance.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Location

London

Character

Confident, quick-learner, approachable, intelligent, hard-working, robust, team-player.

Education / Qualification

Graduate – minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent); Qualified solicitor with at least 2 years’ PQE at Linklaters or another magic circle firm (or equivalent).

Languages

English

Other European or Asian language(s) (desirable)

Practical experience

Drafting, negotiating and advising on agreements, memoranda and other legal documents for clients. Familiarity with deal structures and terminology

Corporate, Banking, Litigation, Capital Markets or Restructuring and Insolvency legal experience (desirable)

Office skills

Basic computer skills

Basic project management experience (desirable)

Commercial Skills

Able to analyse complex legal issues

Able to balance the firm’s legal obligations with its business needs – i.e. “being commercial”

Good problem solver; able to offer knowledgeable, practical, and creative solutions

Able to adapt to different cultures worldwide

Able to manage and prioritise competing projects, often within limited timeframes

Able to develop relationships with Partners, fee-earners and staff at all levels and influence them

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
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