Contentious Regulatory & Financial Crime Associate

London (Central), London (Greater)
16 Jul 2018
24 Jul 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

The department

Business involves taking risks. Our client's choice of litigation and dispute resolution lawyers should not.

At Dentons, our lawyers draw upon their extensive experience, trusted judgment and insight to develop a customized strategy—always with our client's specific business objectives at top of mind. Together, we tackle challenges efficiently and effectively so that they can move ahead.

Our dispute resolution lawyers employ the most appropriate tools and strategies for each stage of the process and each unique situation. Whether through timely use of innovative alternative dispute resolution techniques or skillful and persuasive advocacy in the courtroom, clients can count on our lawyers to maximize their prospects for a successful outcome. We also work with clients to assess and manage their risks in relation to the legal costs of the dispute and to seek to minimize the likelihood of future litigation.

Whether our client's dispute has strategic, reputational or financial importance and whatever the subject matter, their success is our priority.

Purpose of role

Dentons represents a wide variety of industry clients in disputes involving complex financial products, capital markets, financial services transactions and instruments, as well as securities and financial fraud disputes and investigations.

We now have an exciting opportunity for an Associate to join the growing contentious regulatory and financial crime practice. You will work with financial institutions and large corporations in relation to complex internal and external investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings on a range of matters. Your role will also involve advising institutions on regulatory and financial crime compliance, including in relation to money laundering, bribery and corruption, financial sanctions, financial market conduct, conduct of business and senior management and governance issues.

Drawing upon the industry knowledge and strength of our transactional and regulatory practices in all major financial centers around the globe, you will gain unparalleled experience and play a fundamental role in building the practice within London. 

This is an exciting and challenging role and an excellent opportunity for an associate, who is passionate about progressing your career within a global firm and in supporting the ongoing growth of the practice.

You will maintain client relationships, contribute to business development and thought leadership, raising your own profile and supporting the continued growth of the practice.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from ambitious 0-1 year pqe lawyers, however we will consider talented candidates outside of that.


  • Support on range of internal and external investigations, especially in the financial services sector

  • Advise on financial services regulatory and financial crime issues

  • Build and maintain client relationships

  • Make significant contributions to business development

  • Work closely across the wider Financial Markets and Investigations and Banking Regulatory teams where appropriate  

  • Provide thought leadership and raise the profile of the firm externally.

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • English law legal knowledge gained within a top-tier city firm

  • Strong academic record

  • Experience in internal investigations for financial institutions and/or Corporates

  • Experience of regulatory investigations including FCA, SFO and law enforcement

  • General financial services law knowledge

  • Experience of handling regulatory and enforcement agency requests and UK court orders

  • Experience of legal and regulatory requirements in relation to anti-money laundering/terrorist financing, the UK Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and financial sanctions

  • Ability to work with a degree of independence

  • Exceptional drafting skills and legal research ability

Personal Attributes

  • Takes responsibility for own work

  • Is dedicated to exceptional client service

  • Has a keen interest in business development and demonstrates market focus

  • Strong financial, commercial and business awareness

  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills

  • Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development, enthusiastic about learning new skills

  • Strong team working skills.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

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