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Senior Commercial Lawyer - Financial Services - Open to flexible working

Location:  London
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  25-Jul-2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  95181

EY Law has more than 3,500 lawyers in 90+ jurisdictions providing multidisciplinary legal advisory and managed services to multinational corporations worldwide, helping them harness the power of technology and innovation to better address the complex legal, regulatory  and commercial challenges they face and deliver the value and outcomes they seek. 


EY Law is a fast growing, client facing, dynamic and integrated part of EY. That means opportunities for our people every day - and a need for talented, flexible, ambitious professionals to join us to fuel our growth tomorrow.  Become part of a client facing, cohesive and expanding legal team and develop your career within a global organisation looking to disrupt the legal market.
The opportunity - Senior Associate in the Commercial, IP & Technology Practice

We are currently seeking a senior (7+ PQE) Commercial Lawyer to join the Commercial, IP & Technology Department of our Financial Services Law team within EY Law. The role is client facing and will report to a Partner in the FS Law team.  The team is based in London but there are opportunities to work remotely.


You will be self-motivated, able to work autonomously and/or within multi-disciplinary teams focusing on transactions and advice in the UK and internationally across borders when required. You should have a demonstrable track record of commercial, technology and/or transactional legal experience [across multiple industries], including ideally in the financial services sector, leading advice, negotiations and bespoke drafting on issues arising in commercial, IP and technology transactions. 


Ideally, you’ll also have experience of some or all of the following:

  • A wide range of commercial and/or technology contracts e.g. IT/BPO sourcing contracts, supply, distribution, services contracts, franchise, agency,  fintech contracts, digital/tech law contracts, and cloud contracts;
  • Transaction support in M&A and/or corporate reorganisation (i.e., legal project management, transaction due diligence, transitional services agreements etc.);
  • Large scale contract review/novation projects and project management skills;
  • FS sector experience, specifically banking, wealth & asset management and/or insurance sectors;
  • Third party and supply chain risk management (including a working knowledge of FS regulations affecting sourcing and supply chain contracts) would be beneficial .

The FS Commercial, IP and Technology Practice works closely with colleagues in the  FS Data Privacy and FS Regulatory Practices, and are part of the wider EY Law practice.  We integrate fully within EY, both in the UK and globally, and leverage and work with the existing growth platforms that EY already has (including Consulting, Technology and Tax), with their extensive list of clients, resources and global presence.
We work across all financial services sectors, including banking, capital markets, wealth and asset management, and insurance, and with our counterparts across the global EY Law network to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to clients. 
We provide our people with a supportive, collaborative, team environment with exceptional experience and training. There will be a focus both on legal skills and, as importantly, there will also be a focus on helping our people fulfil their potential by developing a broader skill set.


Your Key Responsibilities

  • Delivering and taking responsibility for exceptional client service through team delivery, consistently producing high quality work, demonstrating technical competence and insight
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients and within EY, winning work proactively and contributing to winning new clients
  • Management of the successful delivery of technically complex and demanding projects, ensuring technical excellence and practical / business driven approach taken
  • Managing client accounts, including client care requirements and financial management, preparing proposals, participating in pitches
  • Build networks and relationships internally and externally to drive the team’s and Law’s strategy
  • Participating in team and firm events, giving internal and external presentations, and producing expert articles for publication, contribute to people initiatives, including retaining and training law professionals
  • Development of junior team members through effective supervision, coaching and mentoring


Skills and Attributes for Success

  • A willingness to embrace new challenges, in a non-traditional legal services environment;
  • A dedication to client service and innovation;
  • Positive attitude and willingness to be a team player;
  • Excellent time management skills;


To qualify for the role, you will ideally have

  • At least 7+ years PQE;
  • Experience working in a leading UK City or Regional law firm or equivalent professional services firm;
  • Experience managing teams (virtual or cross-border) of 2-6+ people; and willingness to learn new concepts with minimal guidance

Please note, the PQE levels indicated are offered as a guide only and we would welcome applications from all candidates who demonstrate the necessary skills to succeed.


What we look for
We are looking for ambitious, driven professionals who want a challenging and stimulating career.  For further information please visit our careers microsite here.


What working at EY offers 
We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:


  • Support and coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around 
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career 
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you 


EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.
About EY
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.
If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
Join us in building a better working world.  
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