PQE: 2 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: DRC - Regulatory
Location: Birmingham
The firm

Shoosmiths - UK Law Firm of the Year Winner at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2015.

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

We offer a dedicated resource across the country that can advise on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues. The key to instructing advisers in any regulatory matter is ensuring that they can work with you, quickly understand your business, and provide advice and support that reflects your commercial offering. At Shoosmiths, our legal advisers know when to advise you to fight (for legal and commercial purposes) or when to seek a swift resolution. We know that businesses must continue to work with a whole host of regulators, long after an investigation has ended, so we help achieve this outcome; preserving and developing such working relationships. Our team of experienced regulatory specialists helps clients manage all levels of operational risk and to reduce their exposure to enforcement action by balancing pragmatic, commercial advice with the law.
Prevention is always better than cure, and you will find that our focus is on proactive advice and pre-emptive training.

The role

Due to organic growth in both clients and lateral hires, our band 1 (Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners) regulatory practice which sits within a wider disputes team is growing.

Ideally with at least 2 years’ experience of supporting and running your own caseload of compliance and regulatory defence work, the successful candidate will be happy to roll up their sleeves not only on the client work, but also for business development, marketing and mentoring. The team is well known for the responsibility, client contact and freedom it gives to its legal advisers – the role is yours to make your own, whether that is to act as an able deputy to the partners or to develop your career and climb the ranks, the team has consistently promoted lawyers from within the firm. The team is based across several locations but works nationally as one, with support required cross office and practice group. 

Skills and qualifications

Experience in most if not all the following areas is essential:

  • Safety, health & environment
  • Food
  • Trading Law (Product Liability, Trading Standards, Marketing & Advertising including regulated areas such as tobacco, telecoms, MHRA and alcohol)
  • Corporate due diligence
  • Licensing (Gaming)
  • Transport & Travel regulation
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • White Collar Crime / Fraud / AML / ABC / Export control & Sanctions

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to place compliance in a commercial context for clients, as well as an ability to apply their mind to new areas of regulation. 

Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.