Experience level: Mid Level
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Litigation & International Arbitration
Location: London
The department

Skadden Europe’s International Arbitration and Litigation Group is a market leader with a stellar track-record of success in both arbitration and litigation mandates. It is ranked in Tier 1 by both independent directories: Chambers UK and Legal 500.  The Group is headquartered in London although it has argued cases in all of the world’s major arbitration centres and courts.  Our team is composed of English solicitors, solicitor-advocates and lawyers from several European jurisdictions. We do not separate our international litigation and arbitration departments, which enables us to provide our clients with a unified team and strategy through the lifespan of a dispute.  It also broadens the experience that our associates can obtain.   We routinely perform the advocacy in our arbitrations without external counsel.

We are focused on disputes involving great technical complexity, large sums in controversy, or high levels of commercial or political risk. In the commercial field, the team routinely represents major global corporations in cases concerning to shareholders' agreements, joint ventures, supply and distribution contracts, taxation, competition, director and manager liability, EU state aid law and licensing contracts, among others. The group is also known for its  track record in handling high-profile Investor-State arbitrations, representing both investor and sovereigns in landmark proceedings.

In litigation, we advise on some of the largest cases in the English Courts, as well as in jurisdictions that follow English law and are subject to appeals to the Privy Council. Skadden has one of the best global dispute resolution practices in the world and unrivalled capabilities managing disputes that require a coordinated strategy across multiple jurisdictions, often including the courts of the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, CEE and other international forums.

The Role

The group focuses on high value complex litigation cases and international arbitration. We encourage associates to do their own advocacy where possible, and to take responsibility for their cases even at a junior level.

Person Specification

The new hire will join the Litigation and International Arbitration group.  We are looking for an individual with 3 – 4 years' relevant UK post qualification experience in the London market (or experience in a similar common law jurisdiction), although those with less or more relevant experience will be considered on their merits.  The successful candidate will have good generalist experience handling litigation and arbitration disputes under English law, as well as experience of EU law and/or public international law.  Excellent written communication and drafting skills are also required, as well as the ability to demonstrate initiative.  They must also possess the skills to take on a high degree of responsibility.  High level of academic achievement required.  Language skills are an advantage. 


We pay generous rates and provide our lawyers with a highly competitive benefits package.  As of 2021, the package includes:

  • Discretionary year-end bonus
  • Technology allowance
  • 22 days holiday and 3 personal days
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity and parental leave
  • Private medical insurance
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Gym allowance
Training and Development

The Skadden training programme has evolved over the years as the firm has grown and assists our lawyers in their development by providing them with the necessary skills to take on as much responsibility as they are ready for.  The programme includes:

  • Regular meetings with the group to discuss developments and share know-how.
  • Weekly training seminars and workshops for all levels covering legal topics relevant to the firm's practice areas and skills.  These are presented by partners, associates, external specialists, QCs and other professionals.
  • Live video-links to seminars presented across Skadden's network of offices.

A number of pro bono opportunities are also available to our lawyers through our pro bono programme.  We are affiliated to a number of pro bono organisations, including LawWorks, that provide pro bono projects to the firm.