Allen & Overy LLP

Corporate Professional Support Lawyer (Public M&A)

London (Central), London (Greater)
05 Mar 2018
06 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Corporate, M&A
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Job description

Allen & Overy is a leading international legal practice with a truly global presence. We are renowned for the high quality of our banking, corporate, international capital markets and litigation advice, and also have major strengths in areas such as employment and benefits, real estate and tax.
Our deals and cases often make headline business news and we work with a large number of the top corporates, financial institutions and governments. With many of our partners acknowledged as leaders in their fields, and with all our people demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, we have a reputation for delivering excellence in all that we do.
Role purpose
The role as a professional support lawyer in our corporate team requires up-to-date technical knowledge of company law and public M&A transactions.
The successful candidate will form part of our general Corporate Know-How Team and, in addition, will have particular responsibility for supporting our Public M&A practice. You will work in a busy and award-winning, friendly and supportive team providing know-how, education and training as well as marketing and business development support. You will be pro-active in identifying issues on which the team and its clients need to be briefed, and able to pitch those briefings at the right level for the relevant audience. The ability to start a project and see it through to completion, together with a commitment to meeting regular deadlines, are essential qualities to maintain the smooth running of our range of added value services. The role demands both creative thinking and efficient administration: working with our in-house specialists, you will have the opportunity to produce exceptional, innovative client products and events to enhance our brand; you will also have an important role in facilitating the day-to-day working of the corporate team through training, meetings and technical support. You’ll need a keen awareness of the wider commercial and corporate landscape, combined with an eye for operational detail.
Allen & Overy’s PSLs are highly regarded members of the teams they support within our international network. The PSL role offers flexibility and good work/life balance and this particular role can be either full time or four days a week.
Legal knowledge
Corporate legal knowledge, experience of advising on Public M&A transactions and excellent knowledge of the Takeover Code.
Principal areas of responsibility

  • Under general guidance about priorities, produce and maintain high quality documentation to provide partners and associates with cost effective and timely precedents which help progress client business
  • Prepare effective guidance material such as practice notes to enable colleagues to access material which is fully up to date with precedent and practice
  • Prepare updates in line with legal developments to inform colleagues and clients of implications
  • Respond accurately, usefully and in a timely way to specific requests from Partners and Associates on complex legal matters within own area of expertise
  • As requested, research legal or client/market related material to provide senior colleagues with clear and authoritative analyses
  • Support Partners and Associates as required in their client relationship development through preparing and/or identifying useful written, electronic and training materials
  • Gather, synthesise and produce good quality, up to date and readable material for inclusion in the firm’s opinion pieces
  • Assist and when necessary, participate, in important Practice projects designed to ensure A&O’s knowledge base and documentation is maintained in line with new legislation, regulation, significant case law etc.
  • Participate in the design and delivery of training programmes to inform colleagues and clients about current law, legal developments and implications
  • Maintain and develop own knowledge of law, practice areas, clients and current issues to grow expertise, reputation and usefulness to A&O 

Key requirements

  • Qualified lawyer – minimum of four years PQE (no upper limit)
  • Technical competence in corporate law and corporate transactional experience as expected at level of qualification
  • An excellent understanding of the Takeover Code and experience of advising on public M&A transactions
  • Self-starter with the desire and ability to continuously acquire, build upon, and share knowledge
  • Will have worked successfully as a PSL or transactional associate in a leading law firm
  • Sound experience of working with senior figures within a complex international organisation
  • Strong commercial/business acumen with the ability to deliver creative, innovative and pragmatic solutions and advice
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface at all levels and particularly to win the respect of the partner, fee-earner and PSL community, building and developing strong (internal and external) client relationships
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment
  • High energy individual who enjoys both the operational and strategic sides of this role and shows flexibility
  • A person of sound judgment, able to establish a high level of credibility in the organisation and act as a trusted advisor to fee-earners

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