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Experience level: Junior to Mid Level
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Intellectual Property and Technology; Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice
Location: London
The department

The practice focuses on technology and data protection matters and assists a wide range of international clients across various industries on technology projects, including in connection with large outsourcing deals, cloud contract and licensing arrangements.  This department works closely with the corporate and private equity practice groups, advising on the technology, commercial and data protection related issues involved in complex transactions, including with respect to emerging issues in big data, artificial intelligence, internet of thing, health care, blockchains and fintech. This department also assists the litigation, white collar crime and arbitration practice groups in relation to data protection aspects arising from the discovery or e-discovery of information in investigations, legal and arbitral proceedings.

Person Specification

The new hire will join the Intellectual Property and Technology; Cybersecurity and Privacy practice, a particular focus on technology and cybersecurity would be appreciated.  We are looking for an individual with 2-3 years' relevant 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 preferably have a genuine interest and both technical and legal background in technology and must be able to independently run technology projects.   As IT and data protection are areas in constant growth, it is key for the new associate to keep abreast of any legal, regulatory case-law and industry-specific development.  This will involve contributing to regular external and internal publications and attending key events on IT, data protection and cybersecurity topics.

Remuneration

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 insurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Gym allowance
Training and Development

Skadden has a sophisticated training programme that includes both in-house and external seminars and training sessions.  We also pride ourselves on providing our lawyers with "on-the-job" training and constructive "real-time" partner feedback.  The formal training programme includes:

  • Regular know-how meetings.
  • Weekly and monthly training seminars and workshops for all levels covering legal topics relevant to the firm’s practice areas and skills.  These are presented by partners and associates and external specialists, QC’s and other professionals.
  • Regular banking group meetings for Skadden's offices in Europe and Asia.
  • Monthly banking group meetings for all Skadden offices (by video).
  • Targeted banking group training sessions (such as an annual, inter-active seminar on financial covenants from an external presenter)
  • Live video-links to seminars presented across Skadden’s network of offices.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our success as a global law firm, giving us a wealth of different perspectives from which to address our clients’ most pressing issues across a wide spectrum of industries, geographies and cultures. We strive to develop initiatives at Skadden to specifically address diversity, equity and inclusion goals — including for recruiting, professional development, attorney retention and advancement, and cross-cultural awareness — while also continually inculcating inclusion principles into the fabric of the firm. This includes ensuring that all job applicants are treated fairly regardless of, for example, age, disability, sex, race and sexual orientation as per our Equal Employment Opportunity statement. If you require adjustments to be made during the selection process, please speak to a member of the recruitment team.