Associate, International Arbitration, Disputes

London (Central), London (Greater)
13 Mar 2018
12 May 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE

About Ashurst

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here.

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Team overview:

Ashurst's global team of international arbitration specialists has extensive experience conducting arbitrations before the world's leading and most respected institutions.

What sets our international arbitration team apart is our high-profile experience on disputes worth many billions of US dollars, the breadth of our global network, our commercial, practical and hands-on approach to meeting our clients' needs, and our commitment to ensuring value for money.

Our arbitration experience encompasses the major international arbitration institutions and rules, including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ACICA, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, DIS, LMAA, CIETAC and JCAA. We also act both for and against state parties and advise on public international law issues and investment arbitration matters, including ICSID proceedings.

Senior members of the group sit as arbitrators, which enables us to provide our clients with close insight into how arbitral tribunals operate. Our specialists publish regularly on developments in international arbitration and provide bespoke client training.

Our global arbitration team is able to draw upon the great depth of specialist legal expertise across our global network acting for clients on the largest, most complex and significant cases

Job overview:

  • You will already have acquired some dispute resolution knowledge and have knowledge of the investment banking industry and other financial institutions. You will be able to contribute to professional development and know-how and participate in training where appropriate
  • You will take day to day responsibility for more straightforward matters and actively progress complex matters. You will be able to demonstrate well-developed drafting skills
  • You will be confident and effective in negotiations with counterparts
  • You will be effective in communicating with clients in order to understand their needs and how best to meet them. You will also have the ability to assist clients in arriving at practical and cost effective solutions. You will actively seek to identify personnel within the client whom you should get to know and be effective in forming those relationships
  • You will take on a significant role within the team on complex matters and be able to lead the team on smaller matters. You will be able to identify when a team member needs support and will be approachable for advice, giving regular and constructive feedback
  • You will understand the way our business, competitors and clients are developing and work with the business development team to use this information to develop business opportunities. You will build and maintain a network of business contacts. In addition you will proactively identify opportunities to introduce your clients to other offices and practice areas, working intelligently with partners, other lawyers and the business development team to exploit opportunities
  • You will have excellent attention to detail, identifying inconsistencies that indicate problems with quality of work or a misunderstanding of clients' needs
  • You will gather information from a variety of sources to identify your own strengths and weaknesses. You will mentor and assist junior associates to promote their learning and development

Essential skills and experience:

  • Qualified junior to mid-level lawyers with post-qualification experience at a leading law firm.
  • Experience of arbitration work
  • A team-player who can work effectively with colleagues at all levels
  • Client facing experience and the ability to understand and respond effectively to client needs
  • A commercial approach

Career advancement:

An established Associate Career Path Framework is in place clearly defining expectations and outlining opportunities for promotion.

Secondment opportunities:

Opportunities often arise for associates to spend time on secondment in house with a key client of the firm. From time to time, secondment opportunities also come up within other Ashurst offices in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.


Opening date Monday 12th February  2018

Closing date Monday 12th March  2018

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