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Senior Associate Knowledge Lawyer

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Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.
The Role
We are looking for an outstanding lawyer with experience in financial regulation, and, in particular, the contentious aspects of regulatory work, to join as a Knowledge Lawyer in the Regulatory, Investigations and Financial Crime (RIFC) team within our Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory group (LARG).  You are likely currently to be working at a top-rank practice, within an enforcement authority or as a barrister. In all cases, candidates should be intellectually rigorous, have first-class legal ability and an outstanding academic track record.
The Group
Our LARG group in London comprises 27 partners and around 90 associates. The group has experience in virtually every sector of international business across multiple jurisdictions (both common and civil law systems).  The RIFC team sits within the LARG group and specialises in investigations and contentious enforcement matters. with particular strength in the financial sector. 
Our clients hold us in extremely high regard:

"A market-leading firm in the financial services regulatory arena, with enviable strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters as well as payments law. Recent areas of activity include regulatory matters surrounding Brexit, financial technology and over-the-counter derivatives."
As the first global firm to deliver an integrated group of investigations specialists and strategists across key jurisdictions in the US, UK, continental Europe, Middle East and Asia, we have significant experience in delivering an integrated global strategy. This coupled with the right mix of partners, from both corporate investigative and criminal defence backgrounds - bringing deep subject matter expertise, and covering all areas of financial crime: sanctions, fraud, AML, cartels and criminal investigations - positions us as a leader in the field.
Band 1 in Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (Chambers & Partners UK 2018)
The Work
The RIFC team undertakes a wide-range of contentious regulatory work.  The role of the Knowledge Lawyer within that team includes:

  • Keeping up to date with developments affecting financial regulation and investigations in the UK, whether in the courts, rulebooks or elsewhere, and ensuring that lawyers in the practice are aware of developments.
  • Acting as a sounding board for and specialist adviser to colleagues in relation to regulatory or investigatory aspects of client matters and, where appropriate, dealing directly with clients.
  • Preparing, or overseeing the preparation of, client briefings on matters affecting financial regulation and investigation, whether arising from changes in the law or, more broadly, representing thought leadership in the area.
  • If the appointee has experience of white collar criminal litigation, keeping up to date on that topic, keeping colleagues up to date, and preparing briefings in relation to it.
  • Liaising with colleagues in other practice areas and offices on issues affecting financial regulation, identifying international trends, and producing briefings or comparative reports for internal and external consumption.
  • Responding on behalf of the firm to consultations relating to financial regulation in the UK and internationally.
  • Providing education, both internally and for clients, relating to investigations and financial regulation.
  • Preparing materials for, and keeping up to date, L&DR's internal knowledge resources, including the intranet, in relation to financial regulation and investigations.

You will be an outstanding lawyer and are likely to have significant experience of working in contentious regulation.  You will either be a Knowledge Lawyer or be looking to a knowledge-based role. 


We are looking for a lawyer who has developed exceptional written and oral communication skills, with experience of complex regulatory matters. The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills and be comfortable researching and applying complex areas of law, as well as an ability to explain clearly and to guide others. Expertise in a particular area, such as criminal litigation, would be welcome but is not necessary. We would also expect to see a mature approach to business development, both with specific clients and with industry organisations. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who is looking to move to an even more demanding and stimulating challenge.

Variety of cases: RIFC, as described above, handles a variety of work.

High profile work: high value, international cases, with high stakes and complex issues, for and against household names.

Responsibility: from an early stage, you will be encouraged (and expected) to take responsibility for your own work and make your own judgements, drawing on support where necessary.

Remuneration: Our remuneration package is one of the most attractive in the market.

Development: As well as recruiting the best people, we insist on the professional
development of all our employees. Our lawyers work continuously to develop both legal and personal skills through the training programmes offered by the Clifford Chance Academy.

In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused.

As a lawyer at Clifford Chance your remit will be to apply your full knowledge of the law within your specialist area by identifying legal issues, drafting and advising clients.

To find out more:

Interested? To find out more about what it is like to work at Clifford Chance in London please visit our careers site

Equal Opportunities

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action. 


Recruiter: Bhalinder Chambon 

Opening Date: 01 February 2019
Closing Date: 03 March 2019
Salary: Competitive 
Location: London 

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