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6 months ago
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs

Practice Overview

· Linklaters specialises in advising the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments on their most challenging transactions and assignments. With offices in major business and financial centres, we deliver an outstanding service to our clients anywhere in the world. The structured finance team is part of our market-leading capital markets practice.

· SFG is a unique group which combines skill-sets from capital markets, banking, derivatives, insolvency and securitisation practices to be able to deliver for our clients on some of the most innovative, complex, and high-profile transactions in the UK and Europe. This is not a commoditised securitisation practice; it is a cutting-edge finance group offering an unrivalled opportunity for outstanding lawyers to build their CV with the transactions that make the front page of the newspapers.

· Examples include acting for the winning bidder on the £13bn purchase of the failed Northern Rock Bank from the UK Government; leading the financing and structuring the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Project (essential infrastructure for London), which included negotiating new legislation and an adapted regulatory regime; the restructuring of Punch Taverns (described as “the most complicated UK corporate debt restructuring ever”); the creation and structuring of Covered Bonds in Singapore (never previously done).

· We are seeking outstanding lawyers from finance or corporate backgrounds who have the talent, flexibility and passion to join this cutting-edge practice and to structure and deliver more firsts for our clients. Ideally you will have 1-3 years’ PQE.

Key Responsibilities and Challenges


· A sophisticated understanding of legal concepts and the ability to apply these to transactions in a pragmatic fashion

· Exceptional drafting skills and a willingness to accept the challenge of drafting beyond precedents

· The ability to understand the commercial objectives and legal constraints to review and negotiate complex documents with common sense to achieve client aims

· A willingness to dive in and accept the challenge of learning about UK law and market practice (across various markets).

Client Relationship Management

· You will be in a client facing role and will need to be able to provide clear, comprehensible and correct legal advice under pressure

· Delivering for clients in a consistently calm, professional and pragmatic manner in a way that places the client at the centre

· A likeable, open and honest approach consistent with our culture and a “can-do” attitude


· Ability to work within and lead teams; inspiring through confidence, competence, dedication and a collegiate approach

· Calmness and an ability to remain calm and supportive in a high-pressure environment


· Delivering practice specific training to the Group on topics that are of interest to you and relaying topical points from transactions you have been working on

· Coaching less experienced associates and trainees

· In return you will benefit from the support of two dedicated professional support lawyers; comprehensive training, including SFG specific e-learning and junior workshops.

Please note this role will be open from 02 October 2019 to 01 November 2019. A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required


· Candidates will ideally have 1-3 years’ PQE

· Candidates will ideally have experience in Structured Finance law


· Able to maintain a polite and professional demeanour when dealing with clients;

· Networking skills;

· Organisational skills;

· Ability to communicate assertively when under pressure; and

· Ability to influence using appropriate techniques.


· Innovative and practical;

· Team player;

· Proactive;

· Commercially minded; and

· Motivates others.

How to Apply

Please apply online, attaching your CV [and academic transcript] to the application form. Should you have any questions, please do contact Francesca.Hunter@linklaters.com

Further Information

A band of PQE as advertised on a role does not intend to preclude applications from those candidates that may have more or less PQE. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to how long we would expect a qualified lawyer to have practised so as to have gained the necessary skills for the role as described.

Information for Recruitment Agents

Linklaters endeavours to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, Linklaters operates a preferred supplier list and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.


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.

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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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