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Senior aosphere Associate - Data Privacy

A&O Shearman
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
8 Jan 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent, Contract
Practice Area
Intellectual Property, Data Protection
Experience Level
5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification

Job Details

Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Associate (Data Privacy) to join our aosphere on a permanent or fixed term contract basis.


aosphere LLP is an affiliate of A&O and produces market leading web-based legal and compliance management products currently focused on data privacy, derivatives, shareholding disclosure and marketing restrictions. aosphere’s products are used by over 700 institutions worldwide including most leading banks, 80% of the top 20 world’s largest asset managers and a rapidly expanding corporate client base. Its flagship products include the Rulefinder product range and, in the derivatives space, netalytics, CSAnalytics and diligence. aosphere LLP is at the forefront of legal innovation and has featured 13 times in the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report. aosphere LLP is also a pioneer in the use of flexible working arrangements. The team is based in London, Belfast and New York.

Role purpose

We are currently seeking to recruit a senior lawyer on a fixed term contract or permanent basis. The role involves maintaining the multi-jurisdictional content which contains analysis and summaries of data privacy law and regulation globally, as well as iterating the product to meet the evolving needs of our clients..  Day to day work will include commissioning and negotiating updates or new legal memoranda, updating or compiling reports for on-line publication, maintaining horizon-scanning and sanctions trackers, inputting into the development of the product, marketing and dealing with queries from subscribers and the wider A&O team, attending conferences, monitoring regulatory developments and drafting alerts. The successful lawyer will work directly with other lawyers in the aosphere data privacy team and the product Head, and liaise with local counsel around the world.

Key relationships

  • Product Head / Executive Director
  • aosphere Senior Associates
  • Wider aosphere  community
  • Local counsel

Role and responsibilities

  • Commissioning and negotiating new content – this involves negotiating and agreeing legal opinions from counsel in multiple jurisdictions, analysing those opinions and summarising key issues in reports. The ability to reduce long and complex narratives into concise, accurate, consistent summaries is essential.
  • Updating the legal content of existing products. Update periods can be busy. Deadlines for updating and issuing new content are critical.
  • Supporting marketing activities and providing support and training to existing subscribers.

Key requirements

  • Senior lawyer or significant in-house legal experience in the data privacy space.
  • Strong technical, analytical and report/opinion drafting skills together with excellent attention to detail required.
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to become an expert in unfamiliar areas of law.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of meeting the requirements of highly demanding corporate and financial services clients.
  • Experience in international/cross border work.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. This role involves daily communication with the aosphere legal and support teams, partners, colleagues in overseas offices and other counsel.
  • Pro-active and self-motivated.
  • Ability to manage workload independently and juggle competing timelines.
  • Team working skills are essential.

The position would appeal to an experienced lawyer wishing to continue to work at a level of service which produces top quality work for demanding clients but without the unpredictability of transactional work. All necessary training to ensure the successful candidate is fully involved in supporting the business at the earliest opportunity will be provided. Opportunity to work flexibly including working from home on selected days (following probation period).

Should you require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process due to a disability or a health condition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Allen & Overy’s recruitment team who will work with you to provide any reasonable adjustments as required.

We are an equal opportunities recruiter and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

At Allen & Overy, we recognise that our people are our most valuable asset, which is reflected in the wide range of benefits that are available to our employees. Some of these benefits include: our occupational pension scheme, group income protection cover, private medical insurance, mental health resources and free apps, health and wellbeing services encompassing an onsite gym, wellbeing centre and GP service, emergency back-up care support, parental and special leave, holiday entitlement increasing with length of service, holiday trading, season ticket loans and online discounts and lifestyle management services.

Allen & Overy recognises the value of flexible working and embraces hybrid working, allowing our people to work from home up to 40% of their working time. We do however remain committed to working together in person for the remaining 60% of time so that we can learn, grow and succeed together. If you would like additional flexibility we will of course consider this in line with business needs.

Additional information - External

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. We work on some of the most challenging and important deals and have built a reputation for delivering exceptional legal solutions that help our clients grow, innovate and thrive. The legal industry is changing, and we're committed to leading that change, putting our people first, embracing new ways of thinking and integrating technology into our everyday work. Our business teams work hand-in-hand with our lawyers, Consultants and other specialist teams, and are ambitious, driven and leaders in their field.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. We offer rewarding careers that are built around your strengths and designed to ensure you can achieve your personal and professional goals, recognising that those may look different for everyone.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re determined to play our part in advancing a workplace where progress is made by harnessing our differences – whatever defines you, we ask you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career at Allen & Overy? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. We provide challenge, support and a place for you to belong. And together we excel, working on meaningful projects of global significance.


A&O Shearman is global industry-leading law firm with 48 offices in 29 countries. We are a partner and trusted advisor to some of the world’s most sophisticated companies, governments and financial institutions. With the combined strengths of our legacy firms, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling, we offer unmatched global breadth and depth, a forward-thinking perspective on the future and a one-firm culture of excellence to achieve unparallelled outcomes  for our clients and for each other.

We're at the start of an exciting journey, and this offers exceptional opportunities for our people. Whether you're helping clients solve their most complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel - whether you’re starting out, or taking the next step in your career.

We work to attract and retain the very best people – and we support them to build their future with us. As part of our high-performance culture, we have high expectations of one another in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work in the way they see fit, to a standard we all share.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. And we nurture an environment and ways of working that promote positive wellbeing.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Your unique perspective, attributes and experiences are valued here and we invite you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best, we ask for the best of you, and we support you to achieve your potential. And together we excel.

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E1 6AD
United Kingdom

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