Solicitor (NQ), Derivatives

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
4 Mar 2023

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Banking & Finance, Derivatives
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE
Role Classification
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About Ashurst

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here .

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Team overview:

We are currently looking for a March 23 NQ lawyer to join our team in the London office.

Our Securities and Derivatives Group is a well-diversified business, which has been able to withstand a testing business cycle. We continue to invest in our product range and our geographical coverage and are able to offer our lawyers high quality and varied work and the opportunity to develop multi-specialist expertise.

Job overview :

You would typically act on all elements of a derivatives deal from term sheet stage, through to closing and post-closing. Your specific areas of responsibility will initially be to produce initial drafts of agreements, draft and negotiate derivatives documents and ensuring a smooth process to transaction close.

You would also be expected to manage projects that have been assigned to you and liaise closely with colleagues, clients, counterparties and other advisers. You would be expected to work with minimal supervision and be confident to take the lead with client related matters. You would be working as part of a committed and inspired friendly team that enjoys its work and considers itself a leader in its field of practice. All members of the team have frequent client contact and must be willing to travel.

Main Tasks

  • Drafting of legal documents and agreements;
  • Review of legal documents and agreements;
  • Contributing to department know-how;
  • Advising clients and preparing formal legal opinions;
  • Leading negotiations with counter parts;
  • Matter completion and post-closing work (including security perfection); and
  • Provide structured supervision and on-the-job training to more junior lawyers.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Newly qualified lawyer ideally with experience in international finance transactions of the types referred to above with a top international law firm;
  • Previous experience of working on derivatives deals during training;
  • Good organisational skills and experience in transaction management;
  • Excellent academic track record;
  • Experience of cross-border work;
  • Excellent client relationship skills and experience of business development.
  • Attention to detail.

Career advancement:

An established Associate Career Path Framework is in place clearly defining expectations and outlining opportunities for promotion.

Secondment opportunities:

Opportunities often arise for associates to spend time on secondment in house with a key client of the firm. From time to time, secondment opportunities also come up within other Ashurst offices in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Salary: Competitive


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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+44 20 7638 1111
London Fruit & Wool Exchange
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E1 6PW
United Kingdom
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