Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Clifford Chance is a leading global tax practice. In May we won International Tax Review's European Banking, Financial Services and Restructuring Deals of the Year. Chambers ranks us in band 1 for Tax: Global-wide and Tax: Europe-wide and says we're a "powerhouse firm recognised for its fully integrated tax advice over a broad spectrum of industries", and that we have an "enviable client list". We are exceptionally well placed to provide the tax advice which global businesses need in today's challenging environment. We believe that the provision of cross-border tax advice is critical to the success of companies operating across national borders. London is a key hub in a network of offices with tax expertise across the globe; our global reach supports clients in a manner that few international law firms can match. Importantly, our tax specialists work closely with our corporate, finance, capital markets and real estate colleagues to deliver commercial advice across the full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues. We have significant depth of resources. You would join a team of around 150 specialist tax advisers worldwide, including over 30 partners. In London we have seven partners and 18 assistants in the tax group Tax representation is an integral component of our transactional advice. Organisations need to maximise complex tax benefits in a commercially sensible way. As an associate, you would be working as part of a highly regarded and ambitious team, advising the world's leading financial institutions and corporates (as well as governments, governmental organisations, trade and industry associations and other representative bodies), and acting on the largest and most complex matters - almost all with a strong international element. Key responsibilities will include: Advising on international and domestic tax, covering a wide range of M&A and corporate structuring, bank and bond financing, structured debt, leasing, real estate investment and development, funds and other forms of non bank investment. Providing advice on tax litigation, disputes, management of tax risk and transfer pricing matters. Advising on pure VAT technicalities and providing commercial and practical advice on all forms of corporate, e-commerce, financial and real estate transactions. The work carried out by this group closely reflects the matters undertaken by the corporate and finance practice areas of the firm: and as a result has a strong international flavour involving many of the world's leading organisations. Experience: You will ideally be a junior to mid-level lawyer with established experience in a tax practice, probably gained at a notable City firm, or at an overseas practice in a common law jurisdiction with a highly regarded profile. Qualifications: A strong academic history is essential. Skills: You must have excellent document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills along with a high level of commercial awareness. Outstanding communication skills and the commitment and ability to develop trusted relationships with clients. In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused. We are looking for lawyers who: can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business; can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; are empathetic, responsive and reliable; are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients; are good at fostering relationships with clients. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
The e-billing team is responsible for setting up, maintaining and submitting e-bills on behalf of the firm and is also responsible for investigating and resolving any issues that arise. You will act as the key point of contact internally for both clients and intermediaries. You will support the GSSC e-billing support team and Global e-Billing Advisor and you will identify and resolve e-billing errors. Coordinate and complete day to day e-billing tasks via analysis of the firm's tracker and workflow tool. Maintain a focus to ensure that the outstanding e-billing volume of the firm is within expectations. Collaborate with the GSSC central e-billing team to ensure LEDES file delivery and issue resolution is accomplished promptly. Support and escalate to the e-billing management team as required. Support the development of colleagues in the GSSC central e-billing team. Troubleshoot e-billing rejections with GSSC central e-billing team and assist in resolving to the point of successful invoice delivery. Assist as required with the administration of client data in client e-billing and matter management platforms. Build and maintain working relationships with all internal and external e-billing stakeholders. Support the global e-billing community with advice and assistance as required. Skills: It is essential that the role holder will have basic to intermediate Excel skills. You will demonstrate initiative in order to investigate and resolve e-billing data related errors and you will have an enthusiastic, can do manner. Experience: You will have experience with e-Billing Hub. Ideally, you will have experience of working in a law firm. Knowledge: You will understand LEDES formats. You will be familiar with UTBMS codes. You will be familiar with e-billing platforms; Collaborati, CT TyMetrix T360, Passport, CounselLink, Serengeti Tracker and others. Ideally, you will understand the billing process within a legal environment. Ideally, you will have an understanding of Solicitors Accounting Rules and VAT. Qualifications: GCSE's, including maths grade A-C.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance has an ambitious global strategy which puts clients at the very heart of everything the Firm does. We have a clear mandate around developing our existing strengths and relationships whilst increasing our market share in new markets. Our Client & Market Development function ("C&MD") is pivotal in making the Firm's vision a reality. C&MD works strategically with our Global Business Units - all with the same vision "to be the global law firm of choice for the world's leading businesses of today and tomorrow". Clifford Chance's London Finance & Capital Markets practices ("F&CM") are recognised as market leaders and work with many of the world's pre-eminent financial institutions and investors. This role sits within the F&CM C&MD team in London and supports the Derivatives & Financial Regulation group. The purpose of this role is to support the development of the group, through the delivery and project management of business development, sales support, client focus and marketing initiatives. In this role you act as an interface between product group partners, working together with the F&CM and wider Business Development team to facilitate the flow of information and highlight cross-selling opportunities and the delivery of top quality marketing and communications materials, capability statements and pitches. This is a hands-on role that requires quick and accurate work to support the partners and lawyers in the practice. You provide day to day support for F&CM and assist with best practice and ad hoc projects. As part of your responsibility, you will work with one or more product groups in F&CM, providing the full range of business development services. You will also be expected to be a member of a global industry sector, and possibly become involved on one or more strategic client teams Key Responsibilities: Supporting on the production of tender documents (pitches and proposals) including: supporting senior members of the C&MD team with compiling and amending pitch documents, including gathering credentials, CVs and standard text to create the framework for the first draft of pitch documents (seeking guidance from experienced team members where appropriate) assisting in the development of presentation materials for pitch presentations/"beauty parades" supporting the team in ensuring pitch alerters are sent out on a timely basis and the status of pitches and document numbers are updated on GPD, including following up with fee-earners to establish the status of outstanding pitch results working with C&MD team and partners to ensure set of capability statements are maintained and up to date Preparing and maintaining marketing collateral, including: assisting with the production of sector and practice materials (capability statements, brochures, briefings, thought leadership publications, contact cards, etc), ensuring these are in brand style and liaising with the design team and external agencies as required Supporting client relationship and acquisition programmes, including: liaising with the business research team to provide relevant and extensive client research and relationship notes ahead of pitch opportunities and client meetings providing support to the C&MD team on key elements of the firm's client programmes including internal monthly and client billing reports assisting with the implementation of practice / sector client campaigns using the firm's key management systems (Atlas Reporter, GPMS and Pandora) and be able to extract financial data and rate information for use in pitches and client development/targeting initiatives liaising with fee-earners and LSSs to ensure all client contact information is stored, categorised and maintained on InterAction Coordinating internal and external resources, including: ensuring website and intranet sector/practice/region summary, deal and team contacts are up to date and refreshed quarterly supporting the team in ensuring the external brand is correctly profiled supporting the production of legal directories and award submissions, including the preparation of materials for the directory interviews compiling information for the F&CM practice update reports liaising with LSSs to ensure fee-earner CVs and profiles are regularly updated for use in pitches and the website including providing supporting reports from MIS for their fee-earners supporting the compilation of presentations and newsletters working with the C&MD Director, Managers and Executives to help develop, implement and maintain a F&CM BD infrastructure Coordinating onsite and offsite events, including: working with the events team and legal support secretaries (as appropriate) to ensure integrated management, client communications, advertising, sponsorship and delivery of client, practice and sector events (e.g. seminars, workshops, webinars, publication launches, lunches, drinks functions, corporate hospitality, sponsorship and conferences) supporting the in the distribution of related client communications (including supporting the V-mail team in sending electronic invites) and ensuring best practice is followed Managing business services support, including: liaising with partners and associates to ensure matter capture forms are completed for all eligible matters and submitted to MIS as appropriate preparing regular practice/sector/BD management reports filling in budget approval forms and processing invoices coordinating event administration, e.g. creating RSVP lists on Interaction, the printing and assembling of badges and venue sourcing/site visits, inter alia updating C&MD team action plans/schedules/event calendars regularly organising and coordinating other business development project activities as required from time to time Skills & Experience You will have experience of working in a marketing or business development team, ideally within the professional services market or equivalent experience in a client development/account management role You will be able to demonstrate a track record of being pro-active and delivering high quality work Able to prioritise projects and respond quickly to requests which have a short turnaround time Able to plan and organise effectively to meet business priorities You will communicate clearly, persuasively and with sensitivity, both orally and in writing (including strong editing and proofing ability and attention to detail) Ability to gather and analyse information and share the insight gained to bring about good decisions, solutions and action Able to form strong working relationships with others and uses those relationships to benefit both the group and the firm as a whole You will exhibit self-motivation and flexibility to improve continuously both quality of delivery and personal performance You will exhibit commitment to the team and demonstrate reliability as an active participant taking the initiative to help make things happen You will need to be positive and flexible to ensure that the areas within your responsibility are well managed while contributing positively and enthusiastically to the C&MD programmes in other areas You will be confident, resilient and focused You will have strong general software skills (Excel, Word and PowerPoint). Experience of using InterAction is also preferable. Qualifications: Preferably you will be degree qualified, or equivalent, and ideally have a marketing qualification (CIM etc). Equal Opportunities It is the firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership, status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification that could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection and terms and conditions of employment, including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax, pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Driven and commercially focused, our incentives practice is one of the strongest in the UK and around the world. It is recognised by the directories with top tier rankings in Chambers UK, Chambers Global (Global-wide) and Legal 500 UK. Our service is comprehensive, covering the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of setting up and operating share plans and other incentives and remuneration structures and issues. We focus on standalone advisory projects (around 60%) and supporting on large transactions (around 40%). The team works closely together and we make sure every member gets a good mix of work type and clients. Much of what we do is for major companies on their most complex problems. We are active across many sectors including financial services, aerospace and defence, consumer goods and retail, communications, technology and energy. Our clients range from FTSE 100/FTSE 250 companies to non-UK multinationals to private equity houses and their investee companies. The majority of our matters have an international element. Complementing our London offering, we have specialist teams in New York and Paris, plus around 100 lawyers in other offices across the network who regularly advise on incentives matters. Recent work highlights include: Booker on its high-profile £3.9 billion share and cash merger with Tesco Ongoing advice to Technip on a wide range of remuneration and incentives matters and on its US$13 billion merger with FMC Technologies Sensata Technologies on its redomiciliation from the Netherlands to the UK Patron Capital on the takeover of Punch Taverns Imagination Technologies on the employee retention packages, shares plans and remuneration issues in the UK and globally in relation to its sale to Canyon Bridge Partners RPC Group on the global launch of an all-employee global sharesave plan Our work covers: design, drafting and implementation of all types of executive and all-employee incentives plans; managing legal, regulatory and tax advice on global share plans and remuneration arrangements; advice on remuneration reporting, remuneration committee and shareholder issues (e.g. "say on pay" and director remuneration reports/policies); advice on remuneration regulation (e.g. financial service sector remuneration); remuneration and share plan advice on board and senior executive hires and terminations; advice on corporate governance, regulatory and tax issues affecting share plans and remuneration; advice on takeovers, mergers, IPOs, capital raisings and other corporate transactions Qualifications We are currently seeking an outstanding Incentives Lawyer with relevant post qualification experience to join our team. You will have ideally worked at one of the recognised incentives/ share scheme practices in the City or a leading national firm specialising in incentives. Qualified lawyers with relevant incentives experience in accountancy firms, consultancy firms or in-house will also be considered. The Firm's competencies are as follows : Analytical Thought and Problem Solving The ability to gather and analyse information and to use the results of that analysis to make effective decisions and find innovative solutions to problems. Communicating and Influencing The ability to communicate clearly, persuasively and with sensitivity, both orally and in writing. Commitment and Self-motivation Commitment to both Clifford Chance and its clients, demonstrated in the drive to improve both quality of delivery and personal performance. Leading and Developing Others The ability to lead and manage others, both by contributing to the vision of the organisation and by enabling others to develop themselves. Organising and Managing Resources The ability to plan and organise yourself and others effectively in order to meet business priorities. Working Relationships The ability to form working relationships with others, both inside and outside of Clifford Chance, and to use those relationships to benefit both individuals and the organisation. Organisational/Strategic Thinking The ability to see the role in the broader context of the organisation as a whole and its clients, and to use that knowledge to drive action. In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused. We are looking for lawyers who: can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business; can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; are empathetic, responsive and reliable; are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients; are good at fostering relationships with clients; Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
Job Purpose Summary Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. The Business Architect will be responsible for the development and ongoing management of the overall business architecture and will ensure that projects deliver solutions which meet business needs. The Business Architect will be relied upon for knowledge of business processes and expertise to align IT solutions to business goals. Key Responsibilities: • Developing the business architecture in accordance with business's strategy and goals • Responsible for developing and maintaining the Business Architecture describing the product and services, organisational, process and geographic aspects of the business • Responsible for developing and maintaining the business capability models • Ensuring the Business Architecture captures the business operating model, processes, organisation and services • Supporting the Solution Architects in mapping how the business architecture is supported by applications, data and technology • Facilitate business requirements and non-functional requirements gathering • Carry out capability assessments and use these to help form business cases to support technology investments • Ensure IT solutions meet the desired business outcomes • Identify ways of improving business processes to incorporate into IT solutions • Take part in the governance processes to ensure projects meet business needs including reviewing and signing off business requirements and solution architectures Skills & Experience Candidates will need to be a proven Business Architect with an extensive knowledge of Enterprise Architecture. Ideally they will have experience in legal or professional services sectors. • Extensive knowledge of business capability modeling • Creating high level business models which can be used with analysis techniques such as user story and use case modelling • Ability to Model Business Context and Business Process • Experience in modelling Business requirements and non-functional requirements • Strong experience of business processes modelling and optimisation • Experience working and integrating business data models with business capabilities and IT capabilities • Able to communicate ideas at a conceptual level, but also drill down into detail when appropriate • Able to understand stakeholder perspectives, and present concepts and issues in non-technical language and at the appropriate level of detail for the audience. • Able to professionally communicate project solutions to both business and technical stakeholders
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018
Full time
We have an opening for a newly qualified (NQ) or junior lawyer to join our London Incentives team. The team advises clients from all sectors on remuneration and employee incentives and is recognised as one of the strongest in the field. This is an opportunity to build a career as a real Incentives specialist in an area that offers a perfect mix of technical legal work, commercial problem-solving and being client-facing right from NQ level. You will have qualified or be approaching qualification and have had trainee experience at a City or leading UK firm or at a highly regarded firm outside the UK in a common law jurisdiction. We welcome applications from strong candidates whether or not you have had Incentives experience during their training contract. Driven and commercially focused, our incentives practice is one of the strongest in the UK and around the world. It is recognised by the directories with top tier rankings in Chambers UK, Chambers Global (Global-wide) and Legal 500 UK. Our service is comprehensive, covering the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of setting up and operating share plans and other incentives and remuneration structures and issues. We focus on standalone advisory projects (around 60%) and supporting on large transactions (around 40%). The team works closely together and we make sure every member gets a good mix of work type and clients. Much of what we do is for major companies on their most complex problems. We are active across many sectors including financial services, aerospace and defence, consumer goods and retail, communications, technology and energy. Our clients range from FTSE 100/FTSE 250 companies to non-UK multinationals to private equity houses and their investee companies. The majority of our matters have an international element. Complementing our London offering, we have specialist teams in New York and Paris, plus around 100 lawyers in other offices across the network who regularly advise on incentives matters. Recent work highlights include: Booker on its high-profile £3.9 billion share and cash merger with Tesco Ongoing advice to Technip on a wide range of remuneration and incentives matters and on its US$13 billion merger with FMC Technologies Sensata Technologies on its redomiciliation from the Netherlands to the UK Patron Capital on the takeover of Punch Taverns Imagination Technologies on the employee retention packages, shares plans and remuneration issues in the UK and globally in relation to its sale to Canyon Bridge Partners RPC Group on the global launch of an all-employee global sharesave plan Our work covers: design, drafting and implementation of all types of executive and all-employee incentives plans; managing legal, regulatory and tax advice on global share plans and remuneration arrangements; advice on remuneration reporting, remuneration committee and shareholder issues (e.g. "say on pay" and director remuneration reports/policies); advice on remuneration regulation (e.g. financial service sector remuneration); remuneration and share plan advice on board and senior executive hires and terminations; advice on corporate governance, regulatory and tax issues affecting share plans and remuneration; advice on takeovers, mergers, IPOs, capital raisings and other corporate transactions You will have qualified or be approaching qualification and have had trainee experience at a City or leading UK firm or at a highly regarded firm outside the UK in a common law jurisdiction. We welcome applications from strong candidates whether or not they have had Incentives experience during their training contract. You will, naturally, need to have excellent legal skills but it is equally important that you are a strong team player (both with clients and colleagues), prepared to work hard and willing to get involved in all aspects of the business from client work to business development to knowledge. The Firm's competencies are as follows : Analytical Thought and Problem Solving The ability to gather and analyse information and to use the results of that analysis to make effective decisions and find innovative solutions to problems. Communicating and Influencing The ability to communicate clearly, persuasively and with sensitivity, both orally and in writing. Commitment and Self-motivation Commitment to both Clifford Chance and its clients, demonstrated in the drive to improve both quality of delivery and personal performance. Leading and Developing Others The ability to lead and manage others, both by contributing to the vision of the organisation and by enabling others to develop themselves. Organising and Managing Resources The ability to plan and organise yourself and others effectively in order to meet business priorities. Working Relationships The ability to form working relationships with others, both inside and outside of Clifford Chance, and to use those relationships to benefit both individuals and the organisation. Organisational/Strategic Thinking The ability to see the role in the broader context of the organisation as a whole and its clients, and to use that knowledge to drive action. In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused. We are looking for lawyers who: can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business; can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; are empathetic, responsive and reliable; are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients; are good at fostering relationships with clients; Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Summary Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Job Purpose • This is a senior role and forms part of the global IT Operations function. Working in close collaboration with all departments (in particular IT Infrastructure & Core Systems, Legal Technology Solutions and Risk & Security) within the IT organisation, this role will represent a shared view when communicating the roadmaps to senior stakeholders as appropriate. • Lead the Architecture Community of Practice (Architectural Review Group) when required, working with the Domain & Solution Architects to review any solution/designs in accordance with the architecture principles, IT governance, and industry best-practises. • The role will proactively work with all departments to encourage a culture that ensures that architectural activities remain consistent and effective across the organisation globally, working through a proven and tested framework and to required standards. • The role will own and manage the single roadmap which represents the business goals and strategy, whilst linking all domain specific roadmaps. • The role should represent the shared view from all product management and service owner teams (inc Business Stakeholders, Product Managers, Architects) at Governance Boards Key Responsibilities • Lead the Architecture Community of Practice (Architectural Review Group) when required, working with the Domain & Solution Architects to review any solution/designs in accordance with the architecture principles, IT governance, and industry best-practises. • Maintain and update the architecture framework to ensure there is consistency of architecture professional standards across all domains, which will include. Maintain and update the Architecture Principles covering the disciplines of Technology, Application, Data and Business principles. Ensuring overall principles are complied with for solution delivery decisions. Designing and maintaining the Architecture process, procedures and artefacts. Designing and maintaining Architecture Tools, including templates to speed up delivery. Ongoing Architecture capability assessments. Managing the roadmap classifications in the CC environment Awareness and alignment of SAFe CoP processes: • Accountable for supporting and maintaining overall aggregation of the roadmaps, including risk and dependency management, supporting the adoption of roadmap efforts with key stakeholders: the Global Projects Group, Infrastructure, teams, Legal Technology Solutions, IT Risk, and regional teams. • Maintain and update the central Architectural Roadmap Tool (CEB/Gartner Roadmap Builder) for the various roadmap illustrations representing: Technical Debt, Strategy and Risk. • Maintain a broad understanding of all underpinning roadmaps, and service/application catalogues, to effectively represent the roadmaps to the relevant stakeholders. Key Requirements Skills: • Expert knowledge of architecture frameworks and methods such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and the ability to develop and maintain personal architectural knowledge, skills and abilities. • Able to manage review boards consisting of senior architects and senior managers in the technical review of work. • Extensive experience of Architecture Principles, covering Data, Business, Applications and Technology principles. • Extensive senior stakeholder management and planning skills, for example through the creation of management presentations, and Microsoft Project plans. • Excellent communicator, able to motivate, coach and mentor a strong technical cross functional team. • Used to managing in a matrix management environment. Experience: • Proven experience leading architecture boards and a community of practise in the review of the architecture framework & roadmap, and in validating solutions/designs. • Experience managing the delivery of architecture standards and roadmaps, in a matrix management environment, on time, and leveraging offshore resources where applicable. • Previous experience of working for a global professional service environment or corporate organisation such as finance/banking. • Proven track record of developing and managing strategic roadmaps through to delivery. • Practical experience of working in a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) environment is preferable. • Practical experience of working with Lean & Agile delivery tools like Agile Central (or other similar tools like JIRA) is preferable. • Experience of Quality Assurance and Testing used in Agile or Waterfall project delivery is desired. Written and Verbal Communications: • Highly developed written communication skills and capable of producing global and sensitive communications to a varied audience at all levels in both Practice Areas and Business Services. • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills - some form of customer-facing interaction or consulting experience is a plus. Qualifications: • Educated to degree level in a Computing or business discipline or equivalent. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Our clients are increasingly expecting us to invest in new innovative approaches to reduce their costs, improve outcomes and enhance their service experience. Our leadership in this area is something we refer to as "Best Delivery". To better support our partners in desiging innovative approaches to matter delivery, we are creating a cross-functional virtual team, distributed across our offices, including Continuous Improvement, Legal Project Management, Resource managers, Pricing experts and LegalTech Delivery Advisors. Clifford Chance is seeking an ambitious, talented LegalTech Delivery Advisor, who has an in-depth understanding of Legal Service offerings, to lead our LegalTech delivery team in London. This individual will have significant knowledge of advanced Legal software applications and will be closely collaborating with a cross-functional team (with Continuous Improvement, Legal Project management, Resource managemers and Pricing Experts in particular but also Knowledge & Information teams) to help us reduce the cost of our legal service delivery by streamlining the work using our existing services and products (including technology solution) and where appropriate identifying the need for new solutions. The role is also required to manage and coordinate the LegalTech Delivery Advisors within the London office to ensure that the service the London office receives in each practice area is consistent, to ensure practices and processes are reviewed, that LTDA's are aligned, whilst also being responsible for the line management and professional development of the team. How you will influence: The cross-functional team and the LegalTech Delivery Advisor will be developing a deep understanding of our lawyers and clients needs, promoting to our lawyers the benefits of our relevant legal technology toolkit, how to best use it and in which scenarios and where appropriate how to configure or sometimes capture requirements for further customisation, to be delivered via our Legal Technology teams - you may also work directly on matters with our lawyers and the clients' teams. Working closely with our lawyers, you will help us keep an eye on the local legal market trends, capture feedback on existing products and share with our central product management teams; and identify process improvement opportunities and report findings about local emerging technology solutions so they can be considered as part of our innovation pipeline. As LegalTech Delivery Advisor, you will be passionate about digital transformation, including through the use of Artificial Intelligence solutions, data-driven and comfortable in manipulating data to make better decisions. What you will be doing: Working with lawyers and the cross-functional team, develop a deep understanding in order to deliver against our clients expectations. Building strong relationships with lawyers to engender trust and be viewed as a "trusted advisor", delivering at the pace of the client needs. Balancing immediate client needs with strategic aims of the firm/function with existing solutions in most cases, and where appropriate identifying opportunities for new solutions. Focusing on promoting the relevant use of our existing Legal Technology toolkit to our lawyers. This will require explaining solution benefits, metrics-driven adoption of those tools and provide tailored specialist guidance on those solutions. This will also require you to help provision and deliver "configuration" needed from existing solutions. Where necessary, identifying the needs for further integration, configuration or further customisation of existing solutions; and identify requirements for new solutions to provide to Product Management teams. Maintaining our Legal Technology toolkit usage metrics to prioritise our efforts for adoption and identify challenges to be addressed in collaboration with the Product Management teams. Capturing the success stories with our Legal Technology Toolkit and sharing with the global team of LegalTech Delivery Advisors and the Product Management teams. Providing feedback and insights from the local market and local needs, challenges, usage, etc. to the Product Management teams so roadmaps and solutions delivery better address the challenges faced by Lawyers. When adding new solutions in our Legal Technology Toolkit, assisting with the introduction, deployment, communications while focusing on the overall legal service delivery process. Identifying and supporting a number of power users in key Legal Technology solutions to help us scale our delivery capabilities. Working closely with our Product Management teams when we are developing new solutions providing feedback and advise on effective delivery needs to ensure it best meets our lawyers requirements and delivers better experiences to our clients. Promoting the usage of our training materials available (and where necessary feedback on improvement opportunities) Delivering tailored presentations and demos about our Legal Technology toolkit, including advanced specialist solutions (including artificial intelligence tools) Supporting our Business Development teams by contributing in a timely manner to panel firm and client RFP responses, demonstrating our competitive advantage in efficient and integrated legal service delivery (including through the use of our Legal Technology toolkit) Be expected to contribute to, and represent the region/office at meetings with other LTDA throughout the network, ensuring that best practice and processes are shared across the network. Maintain an overview of all team activity across the region/office, and ensure seamless coverage during absence/holidays within the team Conducting regular 1:1s with the LTDA's, providing guidance, coaching and acting as a sounding board for issues and an escalation point Work with the Regional Technology Director to jointly line manage the LTDAs Coach and develop team members' skills with regards to understanding and dissecting the work requirements, analysing and manipulating of data and statistics and in lawyer and stakeholder management Ensure the team are developed and fully trained in relevant processes and tools. Supporting the objectives of the cross-functional team by identifying opportunities to use our other services such as Legal Support Centre, Continuous Improvement, Legal Project Managers, etc. Skills Prior experience delivering process improvements and introducing Legal Technology solutions in professional services firms. Excellent communicator and strong influencer. Able to influence both lawyers and clients, able to clerly articulate and explain Legal Technology solutions benefits in non-technical terms Strong relationship skills and an understanding of different ways of achieving outcomes, with business and IT teams, using both business and IT terminology Extensive senior stakeholder management skills and a cross-functional team. Able to manipulate data at speed Strong problem solving and entrepreneurial skills to drive solutions to completion Good judgement and a skill in identification and prioritisation of added value and strategic tasks; The intellectual rigour and insight to be credible with a highly intelligent and experienced internal and external client base; Effective communication; verbal and written, delivered with enthusiasm and impact; A confident, firm and positive approach; comfortable will dealing with people at all levels in the firm Strong listening skills Written and Verbal Communications: Highly developed written communication skills and capable of producing global and sensitive communications to a varied audience at all levels in both Practice Areas and Business Services. Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills - some form of customer-facing interaction or consulting experience is a plus. Fluent in English. Qualifications: Educated to degree level in a Computer Science or Law discipline or equivalent. (Legal training preferred) Experience: Previous experience of working for a global professional service environment or corporate organisation such as finance/banking, delivering process improvement projects, ideally with Legal Technology Some advanced expertise in at least one Artificial Intelligence Legal Technology solution. Preferably, with some experience of Agile delivery practices and working with Product Management teams and tools (Agile Central, JIRA, User feedback tools, etc.)
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. Our Corporate Finance teams advise on some of the world's largest and most complex M&A transactions. Our clients include public and private corporations, investment banks and financial institutions, governments and international bodies. Our lawyers specialise in providing a seamless integrated service across our network of offices and across different areas of expertise including: Takeovers M&A work Private equity transactions Joint ventures Restructurings Flotations Rights issues and secondary issues Corporate governance and other advisory work The successful applicant will join the London Corporate Finance practice's existing Knowledge Management team, consisting of experienced PSLs and information specialists. Our Knowledge Management team is focused on delivering practical and insightful knowhow and advice to fee earners, both in London and across our global network, in a way that enables them to provide an efficient and cost effective service to our clients. Key to achieving this goal is the need to work closely with our transactional lawyers in order to ensure that deal knowhow and insights are collated, analysed and shared with the Practice. Increasingly, there is a focus on assisting with "best delivery" - a focus on ensuring knowhow is presented and held in a usable form that drives efficiency for the practice. As an integral member of the existing London Corporate Finance PSL team, the role holder will get involved in a wide variety of activities, including: Legislative/regulatory developments Analysing forthcoming legal and regulatory developments in order to prepare lawyers and clients for implementation Responding to fee earner queries on legal and regulatory matters Contributing to relevant legislative/regulatory consultation responses Supporting corporate partners on work relating to external legal committees, such as the Law Society and CLLS Supporting production of bespoke legal and regulatory developments updates for key clients Taking a leading role on supporting our Public M&A team Knowledge sharing Encouraging knowledge sharing by deal teams and the submission of knowhow to a shared knowledge database Facilitating post deal reviews, analysis and knowledge consolidation Regular "floorwalking" to keep up to update with current work being undertaken by the Practice Updating and overhauling our existing Public M&A online database and contributing to our Global M&A toolkit website Template production Updating existing Public M&A and other templates Identifying and drafting new templates as required Improving the accessibility and ease of use of the template documents, including interaction with relevant software tools Training Assisting in preparation and delivery of training programs Delivery of Knowhow updates to the Corporate Finance Practice Assisting with Public M&A focus group meetings Promoting and assisting fee earners with use of AI software and execution of our Best Delivery Strategy Client education Responsibility for drafting Corporate Update, our bi-annual corporate briefing for clients and preparation of our annual AGM Update for clients Conceiving and drafting additional client briefings Supporting fee earners in preparing client presentations You will be a junior or mid-level lawyer or existing PSL (2-6 yr PQE ideally) with broad experience acting for both private and public companies. Whilst not a pre-requisite, experience of takeovers/public M&A matters would be advantageous as the role will include supporting our Public M&A team. You will have an excellent academic background. You will have strong drafting skills, have good attention to detail with strong organisational skills and be proactive and committed to providing a first class service to our lawyers and clients. We offer a very attractive remuneration package paying commensurate to experience. This is a tremendous opportunity for a lawyer, interested in professional support work in a global law firm, with the opportunity to balance knowledge development, training and other 'PSL tasks' with fee earning on leading transactions in a specialist support role. We can offer regular hours and a very stimulating environment in this established team. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the full matter lifecycle for a portfolio of significant matters. The success of this role will be measured by: achieving good levels of engagement with key stakeholders; achieving measurable benefits from the activities undertaken; and adding value to the organisation by contributing to the development and roll out of legal project management best practices, tools and techniques. The successful candidate will be credible, engaging and authoritative, with the ability to build close working relationships at all levels. Ideally, the successful candidate will have a solid background in project management, preferably gained in a professional services environment. Key Responsibilities Working in collaboration with the File Partner and the Managing Associate, utilising Legal Support Secretaries and other available Business Services resources as appropriate, the Legal Project Manager will be expected to take responsibility for supporting the delivery of the full matter lifecycle, from pricing and inception through to the completion of post-closing activities, for a portfolio of significant matters (or work streams within those matters), to ensure that they are delivered in accordance with the client's needs, efficiently, on budget and within timeframe. They will also be expected to contribute to the development of legal project management tools and best practices at the Firm and provide training in project management techniques and best practices to lawyers. This will include some or all of the following (depending on the precise nature of the matter): In consultation with clients and colleagues, prepare scope, resourcing and budget proposals for relevant matters or work streams and then track progress against those proposals, alerting the relevant stakeholders promptly to variances and recommending changes and developing contingency plans where necessary Working with the File Partners and Managing Associates, and consulting as necessary with the Work Allocation Partners or Resource Managers, ensure that relevant matters are adequately and appropriately resourced at all times, taking in to account anticipated changes in matter activity and the upcoming workload and availability of members of the matter team Arrange appropriate kick-off meetings or communications, ensure that members of the relevant matter teams are adequately briefed about the nature of the matters and the client's expectations and ensure that they are kept up-to-date about any relevant changes through regular update meetings and other communications as appropriate Maintain or arrange for the maintenance of appropriate communications channels and resources, such as working party lists, team email distribution lists and online deal and data rooms Ensure that any applicable information barriers and/or insider lists are established and maintained Act as the interface, where appropriate, to matter-specific and other personnel at the client, lawyers in other practice areas and offices, external and opposing counsel and third party service providers Develop matter timetables to track milestones, deliverables and dependencies and produce periodic reports to provide status updates for both internal and external stakeholders Proactively identify any risks and issues that arise, provide options for their mitigation or resolution and take or co-ordinate the taking of appropriate responsive actions Assist the File Partner and Managing Associate with the billing process and provide update reports for the client as required Arrange post-closing matter reviews and lessons learned exercises Skills Business awareness: Understands law firm financial and performance metrics, the link between effective matter management, profitability and delivering value to clients Analyse financial reports of varying levels of complexity Client focus: Keeps clients directly informed and up-to-date with developments Understands how client organisations function internally and shows sensitivity to cultural factors and the difference between clients Problem solving with commercial insight: Able to absorb and explain complex issues clearly and concisely Able to understand the commercial rationale underlying a client's matter or the Firm's business, and demonstrate an understanding of data and concepts appropriate to the business problem Willing to challenge and question assumptions; proposes alternative and sometimes novel solutions Justifies recommendations and is able to handle objections and counter-proposals rationally Rises above the detail to see broader implications, in terms of both long-term consequences of action and effects on the business analysis and areas outside of own field of expertise Communication: Produces clear, high-quality documents (for example, timetables and status reports) that clients can readily understand Demonstrates consistently high-quality communications: written and oral Demonstrates an understanding of the audience's needs and the nature of the information being shared Good negotiating skills, including the ability to listen to other points of view, uses reasoned argument and finds compromise where necessary Leading and managing: Provides project management support for the conduct of a matter, including regular updates to the client and monthly billing Strong planning skills: ensures client matters are resourced, monitored and progress in accordance with client expectations and deadlines are met Able to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritise appropriately and delegate to others Anticipates risks to implementation of a matter or project and can deal with problems Clearly communicates the demands of the task to all concerned and briefs team members (including Business Services staff) appropriately (according to their skills, experience and knowledge) Ensures collective experiences of best practice are captured and utilised to good effect Relationship building and networking: Demonstrates commitment to the team by supporting other team members and helping them deliver high-quality service to clients Qualifications It is essential that you have project management experience with a strong academic history. Although not essential, a formal project management qualification, such as PRINCE2 or PMP would be desirable, as would a prior career as a lawyer, but neither is essential. A legal qualification is not required. Experience You will have a solid background in project management, preferably gained in a professional services environment. You will also have significant experience of managing teams and supporting complex, multi-jurisdictional matters or engagements (ideally, in a dedicated project management capacity). Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Are you a seasoned and highly ambitious senior BD professional looking to become a strategic adviser to a world-class Corporate Practice? Do you feel ready to advise a market leading M&A practice on how to best seize both commercial opportunities for our industry-leading clients whilst navigating the challenges posed by geopolitical developments including Brexit? If you feel comfortable analysing, developing and co-driving strategic plans factoring in global investment flows into and out of the UK, we might just have the opportunity for you. For this newly created and high-profile advisory role, we are looking for an analytical and highly energised BD professional who will make an impact. We want you to challenge both the lawyers and a top notch BD team, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In this senior role you will work collaboratively with partners, associates, global client teams and BD teams on specific business development opportunities, and lead on: Strategic practice area development: research and analysis of prospective clients and market opportunities Winning new business: creation and delivery of pitch documentation, providing strategic guidance to partners on how to win new business including for major (global) panel pitches and transformational (international) transactions working closely with our teams across the globe Client development management: execution of targeted client development campaigns to our key clients as well as the clients of tomorrow leveraging strategic initiatives including Risk, Corporate Treasury, and other thought leadership capabilities management of several key client relationships including three global key client accounts Sector development: being responsible for the continued success of the London Industrials Sector Group, you will support the London Sector Leaders on client targeting and acquisition, trends and cross selling opportunities Bid Support Manage the production of RFP responses, pitches, capability and credential statements Work with C&MD team to coach partners on effective pitch preparation and presentation Develop and maintain processes for the effective and efficient production of capability statements and pitches Manage and improve the process for capturing deal information in the global matter database. Client Focus Lead and support a select number of client teams (including two GSC125 clients), ensuring that information is shared between the client teams and client plans are implemented. Take an active role in client planning. Support core client development programmes for the Firm's Global Strategic Client Program and the London Corporate Practice. Sector Planning and Implementation Support the partners in preparation of annual business plans (M&A, industrials), based on comprehensive market research and support the implementation of these throughout the year. Advise on developing targeting strategies. Monitor emerging issues and commercial developments impacting the practice and sector. Marketing Communications Actively project manage relevant directory, awards and league table submissions. Project manage the production and distribution of marketing communication materials. Work closely with the Head of Thought Leadership to deliver successful campaigns to clients. Manage any internal newsletters and contribute to wider office/regional/sector newsletters. Assist in maintaining the internet and intranet sites for Corporate. Campaign Management Evaluate and project manage business development campaigns, conferences and sponsorships. Manage and coordinate client events (both off and onsite). Assist with the project management of meetings/ events. Contribute and implement best practice and complete special projects as required. Line Management Direct line responsibility for at least one team member, subject to a successful probationary period Shape the Corporate C&MD team by managing individual(s) by (commercial and personal development) objectives Foster a collaborative environment by mentoring junior staff Build strong working relationship with peers and more junior C&MD team members across the firm. In order to perform this role successfully, the candidate will require Enthusiasm, energy and drive. Strong proven experience in professional services business development (preferably in a law firm) and broad experience in dealing with senior management and key stakeholders. Good commercial awareness of legal and financial market developments. A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A track record of being proactive and delivering high quality work. Strong line management experience. Excellent project management skills, as well as being a good team player. High quality written communication skills. The ability to be creative (e.g. BD techniques, ideas). Coaching, influencing and presentation skills. To be confident, articulate, resilient and focused.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Summary Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. The Group Our Financial Regulatory & Derivatives group is an acknowledged market leader. Our work reflects the dynamism and volatility of today's financial markets, where competitive edge is built on innovation, foresight and speed of delivery. Matters range from repackagings to high-level strategic advice - we are experts in capital markets developments, OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, structured financial products, financial institution M&A, e-commerce and supranational and cross-border regulation. We advise on exchanges and alternative trading systems, clearing, payment and settlement systems. The group has been consistently ranked highly in Chambers UK for "Financial Services: UK-wide" & Legal 500 "Financial Services" categories. Some of our recent awards and rankings include: • Tier 1: Derivatives and Structured Products Legal500, 2017 • Tier 1: Financial Services: non-contentious regulatory CHAMBERS UK 2017, IFLR & LEGAL 500 UK 2017 • Band 2: Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives Chambers Global 2017 • Winner: European & Asian law firm of the year - Regulatory GlobalCapital Derivatives Awards 2017 • Winner: Best Law Firm EUROPEAN STRUCTURED PRODUCTS & DERIVATIVES AWARDS, 2016 & 2017 • European and Asia Pacific Law firm of the year - Transactions GlobalCapital - Global Derivatives Awards 2016 Our Financial Regulatory & Derivatives Group is made up of 15 Partners, 56 Lawyers and 12 trainees. The Work The majority of our work is international. In addition to the cross-border deals which are our daily fare, at any moment we are usually working on two or three other multi-jurisdictional projects. Our group combines world-class regulatory expertise with top-ranked transactional and product-based capability. This role will focus on transactional derivatives and structured products, including OTC fixed income, credit and equity based derivatives, asset backed securities, repackaging programmes, collateral documentation and structures, repos, stock loans, credit and equity-linked notes and synthetic CDOs. We work with global financial institutions and financial market regulators, assisting them in the development and implementation of their structured finance strategies. The innovation and legal creativity which we bring to new financial products and financial market strategies is fundamental to the outcome of our clients' businesses. Our market-leading experience continues to attract the most complex, challenging and ground-breaking deals to the firm. And this, in turn, has enabled us to attract some of the best and most ambitious lawyers to assist our clients and build one of the market's leading, and most diverse, practices. Key Attractions We operate at the leading edge of developing finance law and the range and calibre of our advice is unrivalled in the international legal market place. Our lawyers work on a challenging cross-section of matters, providing them with unique skill-sets and invaluable exposure to the global financial market place. • You will be creating new ways of doing business for clients, usually with a significant international perspective. • You will be working on a broad range of substantial, often ground-breaking, deals for headline clients around the world. • You will work with demanding clients on the creation of new financial products. You will be using your legal skills to 'make things happen' for the world's leading investment and commercial banks. • We are the leaders in the field. You will be working with and learning from the most highly respected lawyers internationally. • Because the Group is relatively small, you will have the opportunity to work on every aspect of a deal, quickly assuming high levels of transaction responsibility. • You will also benefit from a highly inclusive culture and a keen emphasis on ongoing training, as well as the chance to take a hands-on interest in developing more junior members of the team. • Our work combines the skills needed of advisory and transactional lawyers. Qualifications Key Requirements We are interested to hear from outstanding junior to mid-level lawyers with experience in transactional derivatives and structured products - ideally including OTC fixed income, credit and equity based derivatives, asset backed securities, repackaging programmes, collateral documentation and structures, repos, stock loans, credit and equity-linked notes and synthetic CDOs - either from a similarly high profile private practice or with relevant legal in-house experience. The ideal candidate will have: • strong academic background and intellectual rigour; • first class legal and drafting ability; • good analytical skills, • excellent project management and organisational skills; and • excellent written and communication skills. We're looking for people who: • Have the enthusiasm and confidence to engage both with the challenges of the projects themselves and with the clients. • Have a genuine interest in the global financial marketplace, and an understanding of the strategic imperatives driving our clients' business strategies. • Organise and manage their work and that of others effectively. • Are flexible and creative in their approach and seek an intellectual challenge. • Operate well as part of a team and appreciate cultural styles and differences. • Can demonstrate a commercial approach to problem-solving. Client Focus In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused. We are looking for lawyers who: • can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business; • can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; • are empathetic, responsive and reliable; • are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients; and • are good at fostering relationships with clients. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Closing date for applications: Sunday, 19 August Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Clifford Chance's Finance team is at the heart of its strategy. The department is involved in managing accounts, budgets and forecasts, providing trend and competitor analysis and other statistical support for partner presentations, as well as cash management, remuneration and internal audit, ultimately ensuring that the firm is compliant, efficient and profitable. This role of Operations Assistant within the Partnership Finance Department is to ensure all payments are made accurately and timely and to assist with queries from the GSSC and the business. The Operations Team in which the Operations Assistant belongs will be instrumental in supporting the GSSC, the business and Cashiers team. Key Responsibilities: Ensuring incoming post is opened and sorted promptly and GSSC receive invoices/credit notes and other payment requests in a timely manner via scanning. Filing of invoices/credit notes and other payment requests. Support for GSSC with queries and issues regarding invoice payment and supplier queries. Supporting Cashiers department with client payments as required. Dispatching client bills. Filing of client bills. Assist with e-billing queries working with the e-billing and GSSC teams. Checking expense claims and rejecting where out of policy. Monitor paralegal time-sheets and obtain authorisation. Entering dispatch dates of client bills and ensuring the chase actions are correct. Updating the Credit Control spreadsheet for paid bills and remittances received. Adhoc Working Capital tasks as required. Skills: The role will require good communication along with good time management skills. The role will require numeracy, attention to detail, accurate processing skills and the ability to perform checks in accordance with processes. Experience: No previous work experience required. Qualifications: GCSE's (or equivalent) grade A-C including Maths and English. AS levels (or equivalent) and/or a business studies qualification would be an advantage.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 15 August Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Human Resources management forms a key part of the firm's infrastructure and it is an important part of the firm's global strategy to attract, motivate and retain the best quality people across the firm and to become a recognised employer of choice. Provide ongoing HR support to a specified client group (typically a practice area and other Business Services departments) encompassing Partners, Fee-earners, Business Services Managers and employees for these groups. You will also be required to resolve employee relations queries and cases and support the Employee Relations Manager in London/Newcastle and ER activities. The role holder will also be required to support projects as required. HR Activities Regular Reports: Work with the Group Administrator and the SHRM to finalise HR reports to ensure that staff movements and changes have been captured accurately. Secondments: Work closely with Partners, the IAS team and the Group Administrator to ensure client and international secondments are advertised, that the most appropriate Associate is selected and that the secondment terms are in place. Transfers: Liaising with relevant partner/s and the overseas HR offices to agree the transfer date, before liaising with HR Advice to update systems and other relevant resources. Recruitment: Work with managers to draft job descriptions for new vacancies. Role map new roles at Executive Manager level and below. Work with the Group Administrator to draft recruitment authorisation forms and support SHRMs with the approval process. Attend the NQ induction to welcome NQs and brief them on career development. Meet all new lateral joiners in Business Services (up to Manager level career band) and junior to mid level Lawyers, within 2 weeks of joining, and then again at the end of their first 100 days. Exit Interviews: Conduct exit interviews for junior-mid level Lawyers, Business Services managers and Business Services staff who may specifically request an exit interview. Maternity/Paternity: Meet Business Services staff (up to Manager level career band) and junior to mid level Lawyers prior to their maternity/paternity leave. Assist with any flexible working requests. Senior Associate Promotions: Liaise with Partners to agree whether Associates are ready for promotion to Senior Associate level and update the central spreadsheet accordingly. Budget Headcount: Assist the SHRM with the budget headcount and in updating budget headcount every quarter and at financial year end. Salary/Bonus Review Process: Assist the SHRM in the annual salary/bonus review process, as necessary. Appraisals: Chasing appraisal completion for Lawyers and business services staff. Assist Partners to upload evaluation summaries on the on-line appraisal system. Diversity and Inclusion: Advertise events to raise awareness and attendance. Work Experience (ad hoc students, Erasmus and Referendar): Assisting with requests received from our Partners and/or international offices to assign work experience students, as well as Erasmus and Referendar students. This will involve liaising with Partners to agree numbers, start dates, duration, before then liaising with the Legal Support Manager to on board the students (assign an office, LSS, etc). Performance Support and Sickness Absence Cases: Assist the LSM on with performance support as well as sickness absence cases (by initiating OH referrals, supporting the SHRM to ensure any recommendations agreed from the OH reports are carried out, monitoring absence etc). Employee Relations Activities Managing your own caseload of employee relations cases (e.g. disciplinary, grievance, absence management and capability) - this includes conducting investigations and supporting managers/Partners in formal meetings; Coaching, supporting and advising managers/Partners to resolve employee relations cases and promote pro-active problem resolution and best practice within the firm; Supporting the Employee Relations Manager in complex ER activities and cases; Working with the Employee Relations Manager to investigate, develop and implement policy improvement, proactively providing guidance and expertise; The employee relations team provides assistance to all areas of the HR department, therefore, flexibility is required; Deal with first line queries from Partners, managers and employees. The HR & ER Officer will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact and influence people at all levels. They will also demonstrate a proactive approach at all times to improve services. In addition the HR & ER Officer will have the ability to cope with a mixed workload with excellent attention to detail. The ability to deal with a variety of potentially sensitive issues as and when they arise will also be required as well as a high level of confidentiality. The HR & ER Officer will normally have a thorough working knowledge of the IT software used in the firm in particular Microsoft Office Packages, and CC systems such as GPMS. It is essential that you will have gained relevant experience in a HR role where you have dealt with aspects of employee absence, performance or other employee relations issues. You will have a good understanding of HR policy and best practice, and an interest in employment law (working knowledge of employment law is desirable). You must demonstrate a strong willingness to develop knowledge in all of these areas. You will have the confidence and ability to deal with situations where there is conflict. Ideally, you will have a formal HR qualification e.g. CIPD or equivalent. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Contract
The Team The Networks & Communications Team is an integral part of the Infrastructure Services (IS) function within Clifford Chances Global IT Operations organization. Network & Communications design, build, deploy and manage all aspects of IT Networking, Network Security, Unified Communications and Collaboration technologies and services. We are a high performing global team, operating on a 24x7x365 basis to deliver a stable, secure and scalable service for Clifford Chance, in accordance with ITIL and Industry best practice. Network Operations is made up of two sub teams, each with a dedicated Team Lead and subsequent pool of operations support engineers; Network Operations and Network Security Operations. Network Operations is made up of an offshore managed service of 4 resources, and Network Security Operations is made up of onshore team of 3 resources. The Role Reporting to the Network Operations Manager, the Senior Network Security Analyst has both Operational and Engineering responsibilities (approx. 70% Engineering and 30% Operational). While the Engineering effort outweighs direct operational involvement, the role is to provide technical and workload support to a small team of Network Security Analysts performing operational support. This is a domain expert/SME role and must be hands on as well as design focussed. You will have expert technical and practical knowledge of all core network security technologies and components. Key Responsibilities The Senior Network Security Analyst key responsibility is to deliver a number projects related to Cyber Security initiatives, Network Security led deliverables and business activities. Services within your remit include, but are not limited to: Branch office and Data Centre security, Firewall, IDS/IPS, Internet, Web Proxy/URL Filtering, IPAM and External DNS, Remote Access VPN. Design & Engineering Work closely with Network Security Team Lead Manager to plan and complete assigned tasks within deadlines. Recommend new networking technologies to improve performance, reliability and scalability. Produce and create all Network Security related HLD and LLD's inputs. Identify and correct network non-compliance issues. Support the Network Security Team Lead Manager with maintaining a delivery roadmap for all Network Security products and services, with at least a rolling 2 year outlook. Skills & Experience You will have at extensive experience of network security and internetworking within a global enterprise scale organisation (5000-50,000 users). You will be a recognised expert in your field with previous experience in roles such as Network Security Architecture, Principle Security Engineer or Senior Security Engineer. You will have considerable first-hand experience of implementing technical solutions to meet the business requirements. You will be used to providing technical support in a pressurised environment, ideally within legal or investment banking. You will be an excellent communicator with effective influencing skills essential in order to function effectively in a matrix-managed environment and liaise effectively with global colleagues and team members at all levels. You will have Expert knowledge and experience of the following areas: Check Point Firewall - Versions R77.30 and R80.10 Check Point Multi Domain Management and VSX environments. Check Point IPS and Threat Prevension blades ClusterXL, CoreXL and SecureXL Network Security products (including IDS, IPS, DLP) Cisco ASA Firewall and AnyConnect VPN Web Proxy / URL filtering (Websense/Forcepoint) / Cloud Proxy Strong understanding of troubleshooting knowledge i.e FW Monitor , tcpdump and kernel deugging L7 functions / Application Control and User Identity Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) Network Address Translation (NAT) IPSec VPN, TACACS authentication VLAN, L3 interfaces, ,TCP/IP, VRRP, DHCP DDOS mitigation techniques and technologies You would ideally have a solid understanding or experience with the following areas: Checkpoint R80 Management API Scripting knowledge Firewall Assurance tools (Algosec, Tuffin, Firemon) Cisco Routing & Switching (IOS, ASR, ISR and Nexus) BGP and OSPF routing Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) Cisco Wireless LAN Contorller & Access Points Policy maps for routing Service now Various testing tools to troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues You will have the following certification or demonstrable working experience: Degree level qualification in a relevant field Check Point CCSE/CCSM certified Cisco CCNA certified, CCNP strongly preferred Cisco CCNA/CCNP Security It would be advantageous and desirable to have the following: Certification as an Information Security professional (e.g. IISP/CISA/CISM/CISSP/ ISA) Systems management knowledge of Windows OS, Linux/Unix would be an advantage Key Personal Attributes You will be able to identify tasks and manage them effectively to completion autonomously without supervision. You will be highly organised and have proven ability to operate well under pressure, working to tight deadlines; leading complex investigations to root cause analysis. You will have excellent problem management and customer service skills. You will have a positive attitude and be capable of remaining positive even when under immense pressure. You will be able to provide technical leadership and mentoring and take the teams on a journey of automation and improvement. You work well with others, in a collaborative environment. You will have an attention to detail in everything you do along with a natural willingness to help your customers and colleagues. You know what and when to escalate matters before they generate unwanted noise or attention.
Clifford Chance Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Summary Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Job Purpose Summary Our clients are increasingly expecting us to invest in new innovative approaches to reduce their costs, improve outcomes and enhance their service experience. Our leadership in this area is something we refer to as "Best Delivery". To better support our partners in desiging innovative approaches to matter delivery, we are creating a cross-functional virtual team, distributed across our offices, including Continuous Improvement, Legal Project Management, Resource managers, Pricing experts and LegalTech Delivery Advisors. Clifford Chance is seeking an ambitious, talented LegalTech Support Advisor who has an in-depth understanding of Legal Service offerings. This individual will have significant knowledge of advanced Legal software applications to help us reduce the cost of our legal service delivery by streamlining the work using our existing services and products (including technology solution) and where appropriate identifying the need for new solutions. How you will influence: • The LegalTech Support Advisor will be developing a deep understanding of our paralegals and clients needs, promoting to our paralegals the benefits of our relevant legal technology toolkit, how to best use it and in which scenarios and where appropriate how to configure or sometimes capture requirements for further customisation, to be delivered via our Legal Technolgy teams. - you may also work directly on matters with our paralegals and the clients' teams.- • Working closely with our paralegals, you will capture feedback on existing products and share with our central product management teams; and identify process improvement opportunities so they can be considered as part of our innovation pipeline. • As LegalTech Support Advisor , you will be passionate about digital transformation, including through the use of Artificial Intelligence solutions, data-driven and comfortable in manipulating data to make better decisions. Key Responsibilities: What you will be doing: • Working with paralegals, develop a deep understanding in order to deliver against our clients expectations. • Building strong relationships with paralegals to engender trust and be viewed as a "trusted advisor", delivering at the pace of the client needs. • Focusing on promoting the relevant use of our existing Legal Technology toolkit to our paralegals. This will require explaining solution benefits, metrics-driven adoption of those tools and provide tailored specialist guidance on those solutions. This will also require you to help provision and deliver "configuration" needed from existing solutions. • Where necessary, identifying the needs for further integration, configuration or further customisation of existing solutions; and identify requirements for new solutions to provide to Product Management teams. • Maintaining our Legal Technology toolkit usage metrics to prioritise our efforts for adoption and identify challenges to be addressed in collaboration with the Product Management teams. • Capturing the success stories with our Legal Technology Toolkit and sharing with the global team of LegalTech Delivery Advisors and the Product Management teams. • Providing feedback and insights from local needs, challenges, usage, etc. to the Product Management teams • When adding new solutions in our Legal Technology Toolkit, assisting with the introduction, deployment, communciations while focusing on the overall legal service delivery process. • Identifying and supporting a number of power users in key Legal Technology solutions to help us scale our delivery capabilities. • Working closely with our Product Management teams when we are developing new solutions providing feedback and advise on effective delivery needs to ensure it best meets our paralegals requirements and delivers better experiences to our clients. • Promoting the usage of our training materials available (and where necessary feedback on improvement opportunities) • Delivering tailored presentations and demos about our Legal Technology toolkit, including advanced specialist solutions (including artifical intelligence tools) Skills & Experience Skills: • Prior experience introducing Legal Technology solutions in professional services firms. • Excellent communicator. Able to influence and clearly articulate and explain Legal Technology solutions benefits in non technical terms • Strong relationship skills and an understanding of different ways of achieving outcomes, with business and IT teams, using both business and IT terminology • Extensive stakeholder management skills and a cross-functional team Player • Able to manipulate data at speed • Strong problem solving and entrepreneurial skills to drive solutions to completion • Good judgement and a skill in identification and prioritisation of added value and strategic tasks; • Effective communication; verbal and written, delivered with enthusiasm and impact; • A confident, firm and positive approach; • Strong listening skills Written and Verbal Communications: • Highly developed written communication skills and capable of producing global and sensitive communications to a varied audience. • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills - some form of customer-facing interaction or consulting experience is a plus. • Fluent in English Qualifications: • Educated to degree level Experience: • Previous experience of working for a professional service environment • Some expertise in at least one Artificial Intelligence Legal Technology solution The Clifford Chance Principles embody what we stand for and aspire to be: • Exceeding clients' expectations We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that will consistently exceed their expectations. • Local excellence, global standards We ensure we can benefit our clients by combining the highest global standards of business and law with local excellence of service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet our clients' needs whenever and wherever they arise. • Investing in talent To deliver on our commitment to our clients, we recruit and develop the best people. We believe that, by delivering great client service, we will be involved in the most interesting and challenging client work and, as a result, achieve the reputation and the high levels of profitability which are essential to attracting and retaining the best people. • An adaptable and approachable team We believe in the power of collaboration, collegiality and teamwork and we have an open, approachable style. We expect our people to be flexible and creative and to have the desire and drive to embrace new experiences and challenges. We require everyone to put the interests of our clients and the Firm before their own. • Strength through diversity We are proud of our firm and value the diversity of the people and cultures within it. In our firm people succeed according to their merits. • Community Our strength comes from our one firm approach and our partnership ethos. They underpin our ability to deliver excellent client service and create a working environment where talented people can succeed. We are ambitious for our clients and ourselves but we understand the importance of making a positive impact on the community at large. • An ambition for success We are determined to be the leader of an elite group of international law firms and to be at the top of the profession in each market where we practice. Our aim is to be regarded as one of the world's leading professional services organizations. • Thinking ahead To be at the forefront of the legal profession requires foresight, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to have a voice on issues of importance. We have the confidence to challenge existing thinking and to push boundaries. Equal Opportunities Clifford Chance is committed to an Equal Opportunities policy in employment and believes in equality of opportunity regardless of gender, age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation. If you are unable to access the internet to apply for a position on line due to disability, please contact our HR team.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. The Role We are looking for outstanding lawyers with 3-5 years PQE, or equivalent, with experience in with experience in banking or insurance litigation, or public international law, to join our Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory group (LARG). You will currently be practising commercial litigation at a top-rank practice. In all cases, candidates should be intellectually rigorous, have first-class legal ability and an outstanding academic track record. The Group Our LARG group comprises 27 partners and around 89 associates. The team has experience in virtually every sector of international business across multiple jurisdictions (both common and civil law systems). Our clients hold us in extremely high regard: "What the team is known for Superb track record in representing sophisticated multinational banks and financial institutions in their most complex and reputationally significant matters. Offers expertise across the full gamut of disputes work, with notable strengths in defending class actions, regulatory and criminal investigations, fraud issues, international arbitration and misrepresentation disputes. Also calls upon a specialist forensic accounting team to assist on litigation and investigatory work." Band 1 in Banking Litigation (Chambers and Partners UK 2018) "What the team is known for highly regarded disputes practice with a strong bench of talented litigators. Regularly appointed by major clients to advise on litigation arising out of complex transactions and business arrangements. Offers clients the benefit of a significant global presence during multi-jurisdictional proceedings." Band 1 in Litigation (Chambers and Partners UK 2018) "What the team is known for is well-regarded insurance team with particular strength in advising financial institutions on political risk, D&O and credit insurance. Also well-resourced to offer an array of services to corporate policyholders, including non-contentious advice on regulatory matters and policy wording. Additional expertise in professional indemnity and title insurance issues." Band 2 in Insurance: Contentious Claims and Reinsurance (Chambers and Partners UK 2018) The Work We handle a broad range of work across the following areas: Finance - acting for banks as lenders, lessors and arrangers in all types of financial disputes. Regulatory - supporting and advising on investigations and disciplinary proceedings by regulatory authorities. Insurance - acting for insurers and insured in disputes. Corporate - advising top UK and international corporations on a wide range of internal and external disputes, ranging from shareholder minority actions to contested mergers and acquisitions to post-acquisition disputes. Fraud and securities enforcement - handling all aspects of criminal and enforcement matters, including advising clients on how to avoid the substantial risks that investigations and prosecutions pose, representing clients before regulatory and self-regulatory bodies and defending clients in investigations and in the courtroom in both civil and criminal trials. Commercial - advising UK and international trading companies on a wide range of disputes with their trading partners. Competition (antitrust) law - advising on and defending antitrust litigation and regulatory investigations, counselling on whether business strategies are likely to be challenged under local laws and obtaining regulatory approvals. Public law - advising public bodies, financial institutions and government generally. Information Technology - covering computer, software, data and telecommunications law. Media - defending defamation and libel claims, protecting the media's right to access public documents and protecting copyright and other intellectual property, particularly in the context of electronic publishing. Product liability - advising on issues relating to the consumer, food, manufacturing, retail, financial, medical and transport sectors. Professional negligence - defending large indemnity claims. Securities litigation - defending issuers, underwriters, investment advisors, officers and directors in securities class actions and derivative suits. Tax - advising on transfer pricing, default investigations, judicial review and similar remedies to reverse unlawful actions and restrain procedural abuses, conducting public policy initiatives. You will be an outstanding lawyer with between 3 and 5 years PQE, or equivalent, with experience in banking or insurance litigation, regulatory work or public international law, looking to join our multi-disciplined team. You will currently be practising commercial litigation at a top-rank practice and have an outstanding academic track record. Skills We are looking for lawyers who have developed exceptional written and oral communication skills advising clients, with plenty of case handling ability leading a team and/or working as a number 2 in a larger team. The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills and be comfortable researching and applying complex areas of law. Expertise in a particular area, such as banking litigation, would be welcome, although we also pride ourselves on having excellent generalists with forensic skills which can be readily applied across different legal disciplines. We would also expect to see a mature approach to client business development with perhaps a handful of close client relationships with contacts at the same level of PQE as the candidate. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who is exceptionally "hungry", who is on a steep upward trajectory at their present firm and looking to move to an even more demanding and stimulating challenge.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Closing date for applications: Friday, 17 August 2018 Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. Human Resources management forms a key part of the firm's infrastructure and it is an important part of the firm's global strategy to attract, motivate and retain the best quality people across the firm and to become a recognised employer of choice. The London office has led a number of successful Inclusion and Diversity initiatives, being recognised by Stonewall as a top LGBT employer. Our thriving networks play an important role in executing Inclusion and diversity strategy, influencing management and engaging colleagues. The Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing Specialist will support the Manager in promoting inclusion, diversity and wellbeing within the London office, developing and executing key inclusion initiatives and engaging stakeholders, with particular focus on our internal networks. Support our employee networks (e.g. London Women's Network, BAME Network and Arcus, our LGBT network) by project managing the execution of network strategy, maintaining the budget and creating progress reports to update key stakeholders. - work closely with the networks to provide support for network steering committee meetings (agenda, follow-up actions, minutes). Ability to influence at all levels. - create a tool kit to support existing reverse mentoring programmes. - consider key deliverables and metrics, to ensure that outputs can be measured and reported on as necessary. Provide event management support to our networks, drafting communications, engaging client relationship teams and colleagues. - Work with our in-house marketing team to design invitations and posters to promote events and manage invitation responses. - Promote the 'Wellbeing speaker series' and supporting information available through the intranet. Manage the internal communications plan for key inclusion initiatives; work with our internal communications team to support wellbeing awareness campaigns. Draft articles for internal/external publication and develop and update the intranet. Respond to a range of queries. Diversity monitoring/reporting Provide support for the annual engagement on monitoring and diversity reporting. Collate diversity data for internal and external publication, including SRA data submission. - Support introduction of new fields into workday HR system. Pitch Documents Maintain standard pitch/request-for-proposal (RFP) documents, liaising with other teams/offices, as appropriate to complete RFPs. Project Management of key London D&I programmes, tracking progress, providing supporting materials and milestone updates to stakeholders. These will include the new Inclusion training package, Gender Pay Gap Working Group actions and executing the firm's Mental Health Employer Pledge. External Benchmarking Support key benchmarking exercises with project planning, liaison and coordination with different business functions, to compile evidence and draft responses. - draft awards submissions. - administer surveys, encouraging completion through liaison with internal practice/business areas. - maintain specialist knowledge by keeping up to date with developments in policy or regulatory changes. Skills: You will have strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to manage and prioritise multiple projects simultaneously. You will have the ability to work well under pressure, with proven time management skills and the confidence to drive action. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and with proven experience of building and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. You will have an ability to build rapport easily, with a diverse audience. You should be comfortable with data and able to demonstrate strong analytical skills. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative. You will have excellent attention to detail. Experience: You will have experience of managing complex projects, maintaining progress and delivering timely updates to stakeholders. You will be practiced at drafting communications to different audiences. Ideally, you will have experience, or a keen interest, in diversity, inclusion or wellbeing activities. Events management experience would be an advantage. Knowledge: You will have an understanding of diversity and inclusion issues. You will ideally have an understanding of a professional services environment. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
Job Purpose Summary The End User Services Services team is responsible for working with the Architecture, Project Management and Operations teams, in order to design, build, test and implement Desktop and Remote Access Services globally. This involves the engineering of core builds, supporting hardware and software, and all related infrastructure. The team is also responsible for the design and development of the technologies and toolsets that are required to manage and maintain the delivery of the firm's Desktop within the production environment. In addition, the team also provides design and engineering resource to projects, which have been tasked with the delivery of new technologies to support the firm's IT and business strategies. For example, engineering solutions to support a 'Bring Your Own Device' approach, in line with the firm's consumerisation strategy. Reporting to the Global End User Computing Manager, the Lead End User Solutions Engineer will be tasked, responsible and accountable for the low level design and engineering of Remote Access Service solutions ( Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, Nettscaler, RSA and VMware) and Desktop Solutions ( Windows 10, Group Policy, SCCM), relating to strategic, project and BAU initiatives. The Lead End User Solutions Engineer will provide input to Architecture on the development of the roadmap for these services, and will also provide engineering resource to project teams, often acting as the technical lead. The successful candidate will be a technically competent and service oriented IT Engineer, with practical experience of the design and delivery of business critical services to a large global organisation. They will possess a thorough knowledge of both Microsoft and Citrix technologies, as well as a good all-round understanding of supporting hardware and back-office infrastructure. They will be accustomed to working within the ITIL framework of Incident, Problem, Change and Release Management, and also familiar with the full IT project life cycle. Key Responsibilities: The Lead End User Solutions Engineer's key responsibilities include: • Act as a escalation point for the off shore teams, providing advice and guidance on the resolution of Incidents and changes assigned. • Undertaking the documentation and engineering of production ready Remote Access and Desktop solutions - including supporting infrastructure and toolsets - in-line with the firms IT strategy and End User Services roadmap. • Develop the firm's 'Gold' Desktop and Remote Access Services builds, and define service related global hardware and software standards, policies and procedures. • Demonstrate a structured and methodical approach to technical solution development, across the full lifecycle of Design, Build, Test and Implement. • Attend project meetings, providing Engineering input and direction as necessary. • The production of high-quality documentation and the completion of any required knowledge transfer, to support the implementation of new or significantly changed solutions. Liaise with Service Management and the relevant Support Teams, in order to ensure the smooth transition of such solutions in to production. • When and if necessary, to act as an escalation point and provide 4th line support to resolve service related Incidents and Problems. • Mentor the End User Engineers in technical aspects of the solutions delivered by the team • Remaining up-to-date on Desktop and Remotes Access Service technologies. Carrying out investigation and research - and completing any required training - to ensure they are au fait with the latest industry trends and developments. • Support the End User Operations team on Priority Incidents ( P1 & P2) • Work on RCA and Problem tickets , updating and ensuring these are completed in a timely manner Skills & Experience Professional Expertise • Remote Access Service technologies (e.g. Citrix XenServer, XenDesktop ,RSA and XenApp) 3rd Line Expertise • Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating Systems (7 & 10) and associated technologies (e.g. VPN & BitLocker) • Microsoft core client applications (e.g. Office 2007, 2013 & 2016) • Microsoft Desktop Service support and management technologies (e.g. Active Directory Group Policy & SCCM 2012/07) 3rd Line Expertise • Desktop Virtualisation technologies (e.g. VMWare VDI) • Third-party Desktop Service support and management technologies (e.g. LoginVSI, Systrack) • Consumerisation technologies to support BYOD/CYOD (e.g.VmWare Flex) • Desktop and Remote Access Service related hardware (e.g. Lenovo ,Microsoft Surface Pro & Citrix NetScaler) Qualifications The role holder should be qualified to a minimum of: • ITIL Foundation with a firm understanding of all Service Management processes and outsourced vendor management models (quality and cost). • Relevant technical qualifications Experience and skills • Strong technical background, preferably gained from an Engineering and Support • Experience in having worked in a process-driven organisation, with strong understanding of the practical implications of service management processes • Strong relationship skills and confidence in communicating at all levels among technical teams, project managers and IT peers • Strong negotiation and influencing skills, encouraging team ethic and buy in to ideas. • Ability to manage multiple workstreams/projects/roles simultaneously Written Communication • Highly developed written communication skills and be capable of producing global and sensitive communications to a varied audience. Analytical Thought and Problem Solving • Uses past experience, knowledge and pragmatism to deal with new and unfamiliar situations. • Generates new ideas and ways to improve service which support the business goals. • Proposes solutions to problems that take account of client needs and concerns. • Makes effective decisions even when only incomplete information or guidance is available. • Breaks down problems into component parts in order to decide what next steps could be taken. • Thinks of ways to improve quality of service based on an understanding of their needs and concerns. Communicating and Influencing • Seeks to communicate in a clear, concise and logical manner. • Accurately listens to and clarifies any communication to others. • Shares useful information with others in order to support them in their role. • Asks questions to clarify requests/enquiries and provides useful information to help them. • Does not use jargon. • Drafts accurate and well written communication, using correct vocabulary and grammar. Commitment and Self-Motivation • Takes ownership of tasks and problems. • Takes responsibility for resolving client enquiries/issues/problems. • Takes on tasks outside their own role to help meet team or Firm goals. • Thinks about ways to learn work-related skills and knowledge. • Is supportive, rather than critical, of decisions made by managers. • Delivers on any commitments made. Leading and Developing Others • Provides informal practical advice, suggestions and demonstrations to colleagues to help build their skills. • Gives others support and encouragement. • Challenges behaviour which does not support the achievement of team objectives. • Shares relevant experience with the team. Organising and Managing Resources • Shares best practice with the team. • Plans work in advance by breaking down tasks and identifying how long they will take to complete. • Adjusts priorities to meet changing work demands. • Allocates available resources (including personnel) in order to get tasks completed efficiently. • Sets realistic deadlines and expectations for self and others. • Encourages others to complete new tasks or provides suggestions on how to improve their current approach to work. Working Relationships • Asks for assistance when appropriate. • Demonstrates courtesy and concern when dealing with enquiries from client and colleagues. • Is positive and cooperative in interactions with team members. • Respects the contributions others team members have to make even if own opinions differ. Organisational / Strategic Thinking • Reads internal information to find out what is going on in the business. • Demonstrates an understanding of context of own role. • Demonstrates an understanding of the purpose of own role. • Applies knowledge of the informal structure and networks at the firm in order to get things done. • Seeks to understand client needs and expectations. Client Focus At Clifford Chance, we believe in bringing the client - both internal and external - to the centre of everything we do. To do this we need to understand, anticipate and fulfill the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit people who not only excel in their field but who are also client focused. We are looking for people who: • Can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to understand their clients' priorities; • Are self-starters but also team players ready to help others and contribute to the overall success; • Listen, question and deliver; and • Are reliable and responsive, who can put the needs of the client first. In short, we are looking for people who are motivated by client satisfaction and who strive to exceed the expectations of their clients. Equal Opportunities We believe in equality of opportunity for all job applicants and employees regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or origin, disability, creed or religion, sexual orientation or age. The Clifford Chance Principles embody what we stand for and aspire to be: Exceeding clients' expectations We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that will consistently exceed their expectations. Local excellence..... click apply for full job details
Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 09, 2018
Full time
The Private Equity team at Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading practices. The Private Equity team is and has been ranked consistently for many years by Chambers: Band 1 Globally; Band 1 for Europe; and Band 1 for the UK. Its market-leading work is also widely recognised by industry bodies. Awards over the last 12 months include: 'Pan-European Legal Advisor of the Year' (The Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2018); 'Law Firm of the Year in Europe - Transactions' (for the 16th consecutive year) and 'Law Firm of the Year in Asia - Transactions' (Private Equity International 2017); 'Private Equity Team of the Year' (IFLR Europe Awards 2017); 'Europe Law Firm of the Year' (8th consecutive year), 'Middle East and Africa Law Firm of the Year', and 'Latin America Law Firm of the Year' (Infrastructure Investor Annual Awards 2017); and 'Overall Legal Advisor - Deals and Funds' (5th consecutive year) (Private Equity Africa Awards 2017). This is a rare opportunity for associates to join Private Equity team. The team is looking to recruit more associates to support the growth of both new clients and existing client relationships. A new associate will have the opportunity to: develop market-leading private equity skills and expertise; have fantastic career progression opportunities in a growing practice; develop and become central to new client relationships; and be part of and immersed in a private equity team. The practice is not dominated by any one client. Rather, it has deep longstanding relationships with many clients, including 7 of the 10 largest international private equity houses (Source: PEI), alternative buyers/new entrants in the private equity sector, and portfolio companies. The group advises an impressive range of clients, including traditional international private equity houses, infrastructure and emerging market investors and their portfolio companies and management teams. The group is supported by the Firm's integrated network of offices (providing the largest geographic coverage of any single law firm) as well as expertise in other key complementary practice areas (including acquisition finance, capital markets, funds and regulatory) and industry sectors to offer clients unrivalled strength and depth of resource. The lawyers in our Private Equity group work very closely with the client's business and therefore become an integral part of the deal team. This means the lawyers in this group are at the centre of market-leading transactions, not only as legal advisers but working closely with clients at a strategic and business level. The entrepreneurial nature of our Private Equity deals requires lawyers with a blend of specialist skills. In today's challenging market environment, we play a key role to our clients as a strategic adviser, requiring practical, commercially minded legal advice to help them and their portfolio companies respond swiftly and effectively to the challenges and opportunities they face. We offer cutting-edge advice complemented by unrivalled quality of service, experience and training. We advise on all aspects of private equity transactions, including: Investments, whether by way of private acquisitions, public company takeovers, minority investments or joint ventures (acting for both managers and investors); Exits, whether by way of trade sale, IPO or dual-track; Ongoing work for portfolio companies, including add-on acquisitions, asset sales, refinancing and restructurings; and Platform spin outs. Recent deals handled by our London team: Partners Group on the parallel acquisition of Ammeraal Beltech and Megadyne Cinven on the acquisition Envirotainer EQT on the acquisition of Asmodee CIC on the acquisition of Logicor from Blackstone Blackstone on the acquisition of a majority stake in flexible workspace business The Office Group and on its acquisition of Clarion Events, one of the world's leading independent events organisers, from Providence Equity Partners Permira on the acquisition of NDS from Cisco Systems CD&R on the acquisition of MRH, the largest UK independent petrol retailer Baupost Group on the exit by IPO from the Bakkavor Group and the pre-IPO corporate reorganisation Cinven, Permira, and Mid Europa on the acquisition of the Allegro Group CVC and Cinven on the £1.1 billion acquisition of NewDay group from Värde Partners Alter Domus on its sale of a minority stake (c35%) of Alter Domus to Permira and on the subsequent acquisitions of Luxembourg Fund Partners and Cortland Capital Market Services Elliott Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in Waterstones, the high street book retailer Infrastructure deals: Quad Gas Group on the agreement with National Grid plc to acquire a 61 % shareholding in its four regulated UK gas distribution networks GIP led consortium (including CIC and PSP) on the US$3.7 billion acquisition of Equis Energy's renewable assets in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan 3i Group on the sale of Scandlines, a Danish ferry business and the subsequent reinvestment by 3i Group plc into Scandlines for a 35% equity interest Ardian on the sale of its 49% interest in London Luton Airport, the UK's fifth biggest airport in terms of passenger numbers EQT on the acquisition of Dutch telecom and infrastructure company CIF/CAIW, owner and operator of telecoms infrastructure Macquarie, Allianz Capital Partners, and VER (the Finnish state pension fund) on the acquisition of Elenia Infracapital and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners on the sale of their investment in Affinity Water to a consortium KKR on the acquisition of Calvin Capital CKI on a joint venture with Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited and the joint venture's acquisition of 100% of ista from CVC JPM Asset Management on the sale of 51% of Noatum Ports to Cosco Hermes on the sale of its stake in Thames Water to OMERS Infrastructure Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of the Allianz Group, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Valtion Eläkerahasto, the State Pension Fund of Finland, signed an agreement to acquire Elenia Oy, Finland's second largest distribution system operator, and Elenia Lämpö Oy, Finland's ninth largest district heating network Emerging market deals: Helios Investment Partners and GBfoods S.A. on their acquisition of assets and brands - including Jumbo (bouillon), Gino and Pomo (tomato paste), and Jago (milk powder and mayonnaise), and Bama (mayonnaise) distribution rights for Africa - through the newly established GBfoods Africa HoldCo B.V. Actis on the acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Kipeto Energy Limited (which is developing a 100 MW wind farm project in Kenya) from certain of the existing owners, including African Infrastructure Investment Managers- the project is the second largest wind power project in Kenya Actis on the acquisition of the El Pelicano power plant in Chile from SunPower AIIM on their recent investment in Starsight Power AXA Mansard Insurance Plc in its capacity as Sponsor and equity investor in a Nigerian hospital project CDC Group plc on the equity funding arrangements in relation to its takeover offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation plc, the Zambian transmission company, including co-investment terms with A.P. Moeller Capital CDC on the investment by KKM in Feronia Inc Denham Capital on the creation of a new power platform in Africa Alter Semper on the acquisition from Abraaj of the leading oncology, radiology and imaging business based in Morocco Carlyle's Sub-Saharan Africa Fund on the signing of a US$50m investment into Kiboko pharmaceuticals, a distribution and manufacturing pharma business with operations in Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya Continental Europe: GERMANY: Cinven on its sale of Germany-based CeramTec GmbH, a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance ceramics, to an investor consortium led by BC Partners and including Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Cinven on its consortium public takeover bid with Bain Capital of German pharmaceutical company Stada FRANCE: Permira on its firm commitment to take a majority stake in Exclusive Group, the value-added services and technologies (VAST) group ITALY: ERGO Previdenza, an insurance company controlled by Gruppo Assicurativo Flavia - owned by international private equity firm Cinven - on the acquisition of Italian life insurance company Eurovita (controlled by JC Flowers) LUXEMBOURG: KKR on the acquisition of a 40% stake in Telxius, a leading telecom infrastructure owner and service provider in Europe and Americas POLAND: Warburg Pincus and minority shareholders on the sale of INEA, the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and cable operator in Western Poland ROMANIA: J.C. Flowers & Co. in relation to the acquisition of Piraeus Bank Romania by funds advised by J.C. Flowers, a deal marking the American investor's entry on the local market NORWAY: Apax and EVRY on a dual track process, culminating in the listing of EVRY on the Norwegian Stock Exchange We are seeking outstanding junior to mid level lawyers with proven experience from leading Private Equity focused firms to join our team. Knowledge and Experience: You should have a sound knowledge of Private Equity transactional work. That experience will probably have been gained at a practice with a reputation for work in this field. Skills: Lawyers at all levels must have excellent document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills along with a high level of commercial awareness. Qualifications: A strong academic history is essential. 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