Allen & Overy LLP

Associate - Commercial Law

Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Nov 2020
Closes
16 Jan 2021
Role Classification
Lawyer
Practice Area
Commercial
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE

Job description

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. Embracing new trends and harnessing decades of experience, we’ve earned our place at the forefront of the legal industry. Our partners are recognised as leaders in their field and our deals and cases often make headline business news. As a result, we’ve developed a reputation for delivering excellence, in all that we do. Today, we’re continuing to break new ground. By embracing new ways of thinking and integrating technology into our everyday work, we’ve been named as the Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe by the Financial Times five times.
 
Join our team and you’ll be part of a flexible, inclusive culture underpinned by openness and acceptance. We’re driven by the belief that, to perform, people need support and space to collaborate. By combining those values with an ambitious outlook, we can give you the opportunity to thrive.

Department purpose

Our commercial group advises on a broad range of complex commercial contracts, particularly IP, technology and data rich deals.  This includes advising on digital transformation, digital infrastructure, licensing and collaboration matters. Members of the team also advise on all aspects of compliance with data protection and privacy laws and cybersecurity.  

The group has a particular focus on the life sciences, communications and high-tech sectors, but also works with a range of clients across other sectors. Clients of the group include leading high-tech, pharmaceutical and other life sciences businesses, communications and digital platform operators. The group also advises financial institutions, software and IT hardware vendors, and global media groups.

We are consistently ranked as a market leader because of our all-round strength and depth, in particular our ability to deliver high-value, complex transactions and strategic advice.  Most of the work we do is international in scope and we frequently work with other parts of the Allen & Overy network.

We are a collegiate and close-knit team, with a good mix of standalone work and cross-disciplinary work with other teams in London and our international offices.

Role purpose

Our commercial practice is currently recruiting for an experienced commercial lawyer to join them. We are looking for an individual with experience in commercial contracts/non-contentious IP matters.  Experience of working with the technology, pharmaceutical and/or communications and digital sectors would be a differentiator, as in these sectors, the quality of work is second to none. Experience of data protection and/or e-commerce work would also be beneficial.

Key relationships

  • Partners, Associates and the wider Corporate team
  • PSLs
  • Wider A&O community

Role and responsibilities

  • Drafting, reviewing and amending documentation
  • Providing strategic advice 
  • Managing client expectations and project delivery appropriately
  • Business development - development of personal plan, assistance with and implementation of business development campaign
  • Legal research

Key requirements

  • 3-5 PQE qualified lawyer with a solid knowledge and understanding of commercial contracts and experience of negotiating, drafting, and analysing commercial law contracts, such as service agreements, software licence agreements, supply, manufacturing and distribution agreements, technology licences, franchising, R&D agreements, collaboration agreements
  • Strong technical knowledge across some (but not all) of the following areas:
    • non-contentious IP transactions and advice
    • M&A support (including due diligence, IP licensing, transitional services, separation and integration)
    • communications network transactions and advice
    • data protection and privacy advice
    • cybersecurity advice
    • outsourcing transactions (including in regulated sectors, such as financial services)

(Note: Associates will typically focus on a selection of the above and are not expected to cover all areas of the practice.)

Who we are looking for

  • Outstanding academic credentials
  • Intellectual curiosity and versatility
  • Self -starter with the desire and ability continuously to acquire, develop and share knowledge
  • Detail-focused and self-motivated approach
  • Strong organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Excellent client relationship skills
  • Sound experience of operating at associate level within a complex international organisation
  • Strong commercial/business acumen with the ability to deliver creative 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 and fee-earner community, building strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment 
  • A person of sound judgment, able to establish a high level of credibility 
  • Confident self-starter with the desire and ability to continuously acquire, build upon and share knowledge
  • Detail-focused and self-motivated approach
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Excellent client relationship skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface at all levels and particularly to win the respect of the partner and fee-earner community, building strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment
  • A person of sound judgement, able to establish a high level of credibility
  • Flexibility and a willingness to expand areas of practice for both the team and personally
  • International outlook


Allen & Overy LLP is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.


 

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