Associate

Term: Permanent
Department: Technology Outsourcing and Privacy
Location: Brussels
The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley, Beijing and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and FTSE 100 companies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 600 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs. We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, China, Paris, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US - Silicon Valley. In the UK, we have approximately 700 people working in the London, Manchester and Birmingham.

The firm is growing rapidly and its revenue for 2016/17 was £165 million. The UK accounts for approximately 70% of the headcount.

The Team

Fieldfisher's Technology Outsourcing and Privacy team team is one of the largest and most specialized European technology and privacy teams, with a truly global outlook. We are a truly specialist, market-leading team with international coverage and unique expertise gained over years of advising on business-critical global privacy and data protection projects and technology work. We assist and advise both multinational organizations and start-up companies on all aspects of data protection compliance (international data transfers, data breach management, privacy policies, etc.). We help companies with the regulatory aspects of doing business online (e-commerce, apps, cookies, direct marketing, etc.). We draft and negotiate complex IT and outsourcing agreements. Our lawyers are multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual and work seamlessly together across our UK, Belgian, French, German, Italian, Dutch and US offices

Responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced Belgian law qualified lawyer in data protection and technology to join our Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy practice in Brussels.

You will be working on a whole range of privacy and data protection matters, including GDPR compliance, international data transfers, data security breaches, direct marketing and e-Privacy. You will be advising international clients on data protection issues both on EU level and under Belgian law.

In addition, you will assist clients on general technology-related matters, such as e-commerce or cloud computing, and will be involved in the negotiation of complex IT contracts (system integration, outsourcing, maintenance and licensing).

Most of the work will be carried out in English.

Key Skills & Experience
  • You hold a Master of Laws degree from a Belgian University
  • An LLM or Specialised Master's degree in ICT law or significant working experience in ICT law;
  • You have experience of working in an international law firm or in an in-house privacy and/or legal function;
  • You are native French or Dutch speaker, and have an excellent level in English and in the other national language (CEFR: at least B2);
  • You have a strong interest in technology;
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • You are thorough, attentive to detail and able to summarize complex legal issues in plain language;
  • You are proactive, pragmatic, down to earth and a good team player who has a sense of initiative that business life requires.

You will be joining a top-ranking international privacy and technology practice. We offer you the opportunity to work in a stimulating and enriching environment. We also offer fascinating work and training, as well as the human and material support necessary for the development of your experience. You also benefit from an attractive payment and from diverse benefits.  

If you wish to apply, please send your resume and covering letter by e-mail to Brusselsrecruitment@fieldfisher.com

Our website: http://www.fieldfisher.com

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.