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L&I Associate - Regulatory Investigations 2-4 PQE

A&O Shearman
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

Job description

The London Litigation & Investigations team focuses on investigations (both civil and criminal) and litigation for financial institutions and corporates.  It operates at the pinnacle of the market and is top ranked by the legal directories across a range of contentious areas.

Our investigations practice has worked on some of the most high profile investigations and enforcement proceedings, both for financial institutions (including banks, insurers, asset and fund managers, payment and e-money firms) and corporates. We help clients navigate regulatory proceedings involving the main UK enforcement authorities, including the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority, Competition and Markets Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Serious Fraud Office,  We also regularly conduct internal investigations into our clients’ most sensitive matters, including whistleblowing investigations. Much of our work is cross-border in nature, and we are frequently involved in investigations involving overseas authorities such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Commission.  A&O Shearman is one of very few firms that can truly handle global enforcement proceedings, working seamlessly across borders through our international network. 

Role purpose
To support us in our continued growth, we are looking to hire an associate with 2-4 years’ PQE to join our team and focus on investigations, with a particular focus on investigations involving financial institutions. Their role will be to act for financial institutions that are the subjects of enforcement investigations or enquiries, as well as to advise on and help conduct internal investigations for financial institutions.   

We employ the best people who offer the highest quality of service based on a thorough understanding of the technical and commercial context and the most rigorous project management of cases.

Key relationships

  • Partners
  • Senior Associates and Associates
  • Knowledge Lawyers and the wider Litigation department

Role and responsibilities

  • Advising clients on the full spectrum of contentious regulatory issues that may impact financial institutions that are regulated in the UK, including in the context of enforcement investigations
  • Advising clients on and helping to conduct internal investigations (including whistleblowing investigations) into the full spectrum of regulatory issues that may impact financial institutions that are regulated in the UK
  • Drafting advices
  • Advising clients in meetings, on the phone and in writing
  • Attending client meetings
  • Managing client expectations appropriately
  • Business development
  • Legal research

Key requirements

  • Qualified lawyer with knowledge of contentious regulatory topics, and an appetite to develop their knowledge and skills in this area
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Detail focused and self-motivated approach
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Excellent client relationship skills and interpersonal skills
  • Focus on business development and personal profile in this area of the market

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 our recruitment team who will work with you to provide any 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.

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.

We recognise 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.

Additional information - External

A&O Shearman is a new global industry-leading law firm, with 47 offices in 29 countries worldwide. Our fluency in English law, US law, and the laws of the world’s most dynamic markets, enables us to provide unmatched insight and seamless delivery to clients. We work on challenging and important deals and disputes that have the potential to shape the future.

We offer exceptional opportunities for our people; opportunities to work for the world’s leading businesses; to transform the status quo, and to deliver your best work, helping you and your career to thrive, while delivering unparalleled outcomes for our clients.

Whether you're helping clients solve 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. We provide first-rate training and development, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we provide support and ways of working that help you optimise your wellbeing.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. And together, we will redefine success.



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.

Company info
+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD
United Kingdom

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