Associate, Contentious Regulatory - London

London (Central), London (Greater)
23 Jul 2019
21 Sep 2019
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE

The department

Dentons' Regulatory, Trade & Investigations group is a team of specialists in contentious financial services regulatory, financial crime and trade and sanctions law, led by five partners.

Regulatory enforcement action is among the most damaging events an institution or individual can face. To help manage our clients' enforcement risks, we have built a team with a deep understanding of the UK financial regulators, how they work and how they think. We have over 11 years’ combined experience of working at the regulators, which we use every day to help our clients avoid or deal with regulatory disputes.

We think how we help is as important as what we say, so we provide our clients with a service that is responsive, commercial and pragmatic.

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 financial market conduct, conduct of business, senior management and governance, money laundering, and bribery and corruption issues, often in collaboration with our overseas offices.

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 their 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, raise your own profile and support the continued growth of the practice.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from ambitious 1-3 year pqe lawyers, however we will consider talented candidates outside of that range.


  • Support on a 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 with the 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 and the Proceeds of Crime Act

  • 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.

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.

Diversity & Inclusion

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and encouraging diversity. This is right for our staff and for our business.

Our promotion of diversity helps us achieve our aims: by creating and maintaining a firm-wide culture of inclusion, the unique talents and potential of all our workforce can be recognised, encouraged and supported.

Diversity and Inclusion are becoming increasingly important to our clients and many now seek appropriate assurance that we match their own corporate aspirations in this regard.

We are proud that in the Firm's most recent staff engagement survey 78% of respondents felt that we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences and that everyone is given equal opportunities for career development.

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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