CIVIL FRAUD LITIGATOR (3-6 YRS PQE) – LONDON
About the Firm
Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating out of 26 locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.
The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include asset management and investment funds, corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans and incentives, technology and tax advice.
We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish. We operate an agile working scheme, which offers our employees flexibility in terms of where, and how, they work.
We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm has developed a number of in-house legal technology and project management solutions, operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham. Put simply, we offer a range of professional disciplines to our clients, enabled by our people, process and technology.
Pinsent Masons has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, won the "Law Firm of the Year Award 2019 – Legal Business" for the second time and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. Pinsent Masons was also named Law Firm of the Year 2018 by The Lawyer, and is ranked No 4 on the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020 and named as one of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers 2020.
We are looking to recruit one Civil Fraud Litigator between 3-6 yrs PQE to join the London office of our Litigation, Regulatory & Tax team.
The Commercial Dispute Resolution team in London is organised along four primary service lines, which are:
- Energy, International & Cross Border
- Litigation for Corporates
- Professional and Financial Services (including banking disputes)
- Private Capital & Risk Services
We have 8 partners in London working in these service lines and two legal directors.
Within the Investigations service line we advise on civil fraud litigation and asset recovery, with opportunities to become involved with internal investigations concerning regulatory issues from a civil law perspective, cross border trust disputes, crisis management and global asset recovery. The role will require lawyers to learn quickly in a fast paced environment that will require, at times, long hours (and possibly unsocial hours) if worldwide freezing orders or disclosure orders are required. The role will require the candidate to have a good understanding of this area of law and also be able to demonstrate initiative, confidence and ambition. The person will also need to be highly organised and able to communicate effectively both within the team, with Counsel, with clients and offshore firms owing to the international dimension of our work. The person who joins this team will learn how to offer practical solutions in circumstances where clients are placed in stressful situations often involving reputational damage and regulatory bodies.
The Candidate Required
The candidate must have a good grounding in contentious matters relating to corporate clients, be a team player with an enthusiasm to work in the area together with a real enjoyment of working in the department and with the team.
The candidate will be working on large scale fraud disputes concerning financial matters. The work will also include a mixture of urgent interim relief type applications including worldwide freezing orders, disclosure orders and cross border applications.
The candidate will have to have had trial experience and interim relief experience and be prepared (when necessary) to work unsocial hours.
The role will not include criminal corporate crime issues.
Other attributes include:
(i) Knowledge of freezing orders, disclosure orders and search and seize orders.
(ii) Intellectually astute with a real desire for the law, technically excellent, the ability to advise both on law and practical solutions in a logical manner, an open mind to all new developments and strategies and to be commercially aware;
(iii) The confidence to draft tailored legal advices, complex correspondence, witness statements, and instructions to counsel. Also the ability to settle pleadings, skeleton arguments and submissions – lack of previous experience in any of these areas is not an issue as the right candidate will gain experience and training in the role;
(iv) Excellent communication skills, both written and oral and a demonstrable team player.
As the successful candidate will be given a lot of responsibility from the outset and will have direct client contact at all levels within the client's business. It is important that the candidate will have the confidence and personal skills to interact well with clients as well as other parties involved with a mater. Further it is expected that the candidate will interact well, and treat with respect, all colleagues within the firm.
Should you require further details, please contact our in house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Johenn Choi who can discuss the role and requirements.
At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.
Champion change, promote progress and enable everyone, to make business work better for people.
Our purpose informs everything we do. In combination with our code and values it gives us a clear direction for how we can make business work better for people ‑ for you, our colleagues, our clients and the wider community.
As part of the firm's HR strategy we are committed to being supportive about flexible working patterns and consider it important that we allow all individuals the opportunity to take advantage of flexible working should they wish to and if the firm can accommodate it. At application stage our recruitment team are happy to discuss what flexibility is required and will always have open and honest conversations with the hiring team to agree what works for you and the business.
We are a truly agile firm and believe work is something we do and not somewhere we go. Agile workers may work from any location – including but not necessarily from home. They may also break up their working day to enable them to take time out for caring, family or other interests and responsibilities, before completing their work outside traditional, 'core' office hours.
In 2021 we introduced a Carers Policy to help support individuals in the business with significant caring responsibilities, allowing up to five days paid carers leave per year on top of the standard holiday allowance.