5 months ago
PwC is the preeminent professional services network in the world with 236,000 people operating in over 150 countries. In the UK, PwC has 4 lines of service (Assurance, Consulting, Deals and Tax) and turnover of c£3 billion. The UK Office of General Counsel (OGC) has over 30 lawyers and professional staff provides PwC UK with legal and commercial advice in 4 main areas: Litigation, Counselling/Contracting, Corporate and Technology. PwC UK's General Counsel, Margaret Cole, is an Executive Board member.
The Litigation team works across the whole UK business, handling a wide range of challenging and significant litigation, regulatory issues and other contentious problems, as well as its expertise being called on across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a multi-disciplinary team headed by a partner and comprises lawyers, paralegals and secondees as well as specialists from the business and works closely with the engagement teams, Risk Management and external advisers.
We are looking to expand the Litigation team to handle a range of fast moving Litigation and regulatory issues both in the UK and internationally. This is a demanding role and the likely candidate will have at least 2-4 years experience of commercial litigation, with knowledge of professional negligence claims, a sound understanding of the regulatory environment, an ability to work internationally and travel when necessary. Of equal importance are excellent communication skills, the ability to build relationships and the capability to determine strategy and influence negotiations in an innovative business environment.
Some experience of working in-house and/or for a regulator will be helpful, but not essential. The role is based in Central London at our award winning Embankment Place offices.
PwC UK is the largest professional services firm in the UK and a member of the world's No 1 professional services network. It is a dynamic and innovative organisation with a clear growth agenda. The need for adding to the team arises due to the ever increasing needs of the business for prompt business focused advice.
The legal team is a highly experienced, well established and supportive group of professionals, who are highly regarded by and well networked to the business, who have strong relationships with a wide range of senior professionals in the organisation, including at Executive Board level.
The successful applicant will join OGC's Litigation group, working on a wide variety of litigation involving PwC, other contentious work, regulatory issues and advising the business on the implications of issues as they arise, reporting to Robert Hopper, Head of Litigation, and Margaret Cole, PwC UK's General Counsel.
The role would be specifically to:
To contribute to and help implement our strategy for defending significant claims and regulatory investigations
To manage our external legal providers and to support engagement teams impacted by claims
To work with regulators and to represent PwC’s position in investigations and enquiries
To assist with general day to day contentious situations arising both for PwC UK and other members of the PwC network
The role also provides the opportunity to be involved in and drive other commercial work and projects across the business.
The successful candidate will have access to a broad range of training and developmental opportunities and will come in to a defined career structure.
The role requirements
Detailed knowledge of English Law, at least 2-4 years PQE (or equivalent) - time spent working in-house is an advantage but not a requirement.
Broad experience of advising on UK professional negligence/commercial litigation and regulatory issues, as well as an appreciation of multi-jurisdictional issues
Ability to handle negotiations using sound judgment to ensure that the firm’s best interests are served
Ability to gain a full appreciation of the wider reputational, commercial and business aspects to a dispute
Ability to tailor advice to the specific needs of the business and apply common sense and practical solutions in a fast moving environment with new challenges arising every day
Ability to adapt, to change and to be open minded and innovative in their thinking, while maintaining an international outlook
Good legal drafting skills and the ability to flex communication style to suit a particular situation
Sound judgment and well developed influencing skills, together with the confidence to work with senior management across the business
An ability to build strong relationships and become a trusted advisor to the business
Internal firm services
In order to deliver a first-class service to our clients, we need first-class support internally. Internal firm services is a network of specialist support professionals and includes marketing, recruitment, human capital, finance, technology, learning and development, procurement, to name but a few. Each team plays a vital role in making sure we have all the right resources, services and technology across our business.
The skills we look for in future employees
All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.
We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.