Who we are
Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm, recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise across a broad spectrum of legal matters including high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions, contentious matters and all aspects of risk. We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally. We provide clear legal advice that spans the globe whilst tackling the cultural nuances between jurisdictions. Our lawyers understand how to coordinate and manage matters in the jurisdictions most relevant to our clients.
The firm has extensive Corporate, Financial Institutions, Commercial and Financing practices. It also has strong practices in Disputes and Investigations, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy, Financial Regulation, Tax, Competition, Real Estate and Pensions and Employment.
The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of matters. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving our overseas offices as well as leading independent law firms in many other jurisdictions.
The matters we work on are generally challenging and sophisticated. We do, however, aim to give associates as much responsibility and client contact as they are ready for. Junior associates may take the lead either on the matter as a whole or a part of it. If you feel comfortable running a negotiation/meeting alone, the partners will be keen to encourage you. We recognise that individuals all need to develop at their own pace so your progress and workload will be continually monitored and reviewed with your mentor partner.
At Slaughter and May, with over 1,300 partners and staff worldwide, everyone's contribution is valued, and we all enjoy an open, friendly and supportive environment. We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader. To support our employees in achieving their professional development objectives, we offer an unrivalled variety of learning and development opportunities to everyone, as well as a highly competitive salary.
In light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the firm has evolved a new hybrid approach to working (the “Ways of Working Framework”), which sees our people working between their home environments and our prestigious Headquarters at One Bunhill Row, in the heart of the City of London. Bearing in mind current Government guidance, anyone who can work from home is being encouraged to do so until further notice, though there is an expectation that we will return to the firm’s new ‘Ways of Working Framework’ in due course.
Our Data Privacy practice is a cross-stream practice that utilises a ‘hub and spoke’ model. The DP hub is currently made up of four Data Privacy partners drawn from practice areas across the firm, two dedicated associates, two dedicated PSLs, one Know-How Paralegal and a knowledge and information officer. We have data privacy nominated associates in each practice area across the firm, who in addition to their normal practice area, have extra knowledge of privacy in that context (our DP “spokes”).
The DP hub leads on stand-alone privacy matters and provides expert input and support on the more complex data privacy questions that arise in other practice areas across the firm. With the ever growing increase in complex data privacy work, we are looking to grow DP hub with the recruitment of an additional associate. This is a great opportunity for a DP specialist to join our leading cross-firm DP practice.
The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed;
- Advising on standalone data privacy matters, including data sharing, data analytics, e- privacy, data exploitation and general GDPR compliance projects
- Advising on data privacy aspects of a wide range of transactions including public and private M&A, pension de-risking, insurance transfers, joint ventures and long term commercial contracts
- Working on contentious data matters, including breaches, involving advising on notifications to regulators, communications, contractual provisions and co-ordinating input from other specialists, data subject access requests and claims
- Assisting with sector-specific market engagement, including responding to consultations, contributing to regulator engagement and developing relationships with other organisations within the privacy sector, including our relationship firms in other jurisdictions
- Contributing to business development initiatives and raising the profile of the firm’s privacy practice
- Designing and delivering client and internal training
- Assisting with the firm’s Data Privacy client events, including the annual Data Privacy Forum
- Attending, and potentially speaking at, external conferences and events
- Developing professional relationships with clients
- Writing ad hoc articles for journals and clients.
Candidates for this position must have:
- 1-3 PQE years post-qualification experience
- Pre-existing data privacy knowledge whether as a specialism or from within another practice area
- Ability to draft and negotiate contractual provisions
- Ability to research and analyse specific issues and draft memoranda to clients with clear, practical advice
- First rate legal/commercial knowledge
- Excellent client relationship skills and transaction management skills
- Ability to manage multiple matters at any one time
- Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment
- Strong academic background and a demonstrable, high level of intellectual analysis
- Resilient under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
- Experience of working in a diverse team whilst fostering an inclusive team culture
- High level of professionalism and integrity.