Commercial Disputes Associate / Senior Associate

Bristol, London or Thames Valley
30 Mar 2021
29 May 2021
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Due to continued growth we have an exciting new opportunity for an Associate or Senior Associate to join our well regarded and successful Commercial Disputes team, to conduct a broad range of commercial disputes work but with a primary focus on Financial Services disputes, including Contentious Regulatory work, and a secondary focus on corporate disputes. We are happy to consider applicants wishing to be based in any of our London, Thames Valley (Reading) or Bristol offices.

This is a team that has "a glowing reputation for commercial litigation" (Chambers & Partners (2021)).

The practice

Osborne Clarke's litigation practice provides a full range of commercial dispute and specialist risk management services, both nationally and internationally. We act for many well-known and leading organisations and have particular experience in the technology, energy and financial services sectors. We appear regularly in all the major courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

Ours is a record of impressive growth over recent years which includes expertise in international arbitration, multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and enforcement, major contractual disputes, economic torts, professional negligence claims, fraud claims, CIS disputes, reputation management issues, financial services disputes and regulatory issues, pensions disputes, cybersecurity and data protection, corporate disputes (including shareholder and director disputes), tax disputes, white collar crime and investigations.

We have an extensive track record acting in financial services disputes, including contentious regulatory matters for clients ranging from traditional financial services companies to alternative lenders and fintech providers. Benefitting from OC's excellent Financial Services client base, the team represents clients in a mixture of complex, precedent-setting and high-value disputes, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

Find more about our commercial disputes practice by using this link:

The work

Recent work undertaken by the team includes:

  • Advising Wirecard Card Solutions Limited in the aftermath of the discovery of a €3 billion accounting fraud by its parent company.
  • Acting as the Independent Skilled Person pursuant to s166 FSMA 2000 in the HSBC customer redress review relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (IRHPs).
  • Advising various SME Representatives (a key group of stakeholders) in respect of the design and establishment of the Business Banking Resolution Service, the new SME dispute resolution service launched in February 2021 following the recommendations of the Walker Review.
  • Acting as independent adjudicator of claims made by bank customers against their banks.
  • Representing the former directors of Comet Plc, the retail giant, in connection with court proceedings following its collapse into insolvency 8 years ago.
  • Representing Gain Credit LLC, trading as Lending Stream, in relation to civil claims and regulatory issues surrounding the provision of high cost short term credit.
  • Acting for LOQBOX Savings Limited in respect of a data incident that occurred on 20 February 2020 following a cyber-attack.

The team

We work as one team across our London, Thames Valley & Bristol offices.

Led by Chambers rated Tom Ellis (Partner), the UK Commercial Disputes team are made up of 50 lawyers in total including 14 further partners. Rachel Couter (Partner) heads up the Financial Services Contentious Regulatory practice.

Technical skills and experience

We are looking for evidence of a broad range of experience gained at a leading practice in this area.

Due to the nature of the work and practice we are looking to appoint an Associate or Senior Associate in this area, however we are happy to consider applicants with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
    • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
    • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
    • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
    • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the Recruitment team on 0117 917 3072 or email


At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive and be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.

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