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Trainee Solicitor

Job Description

As one of the world's leading asset managers, Invesco is dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, we provide a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our clients around the world.
If you're looking for challenging work, smart colleagues, and a global employer with a social conscience, come explore your potential at Invesco. Make a difference every day!
Job Description
Your team
Our Legal team plays an integral role as a strategic business partner to support Invesco's objectives by ensuring the legal and ethical integrity of the firm. The team has four distinct areas of expertise:

Investments: working alongside the fund managers, analysts and traders to help them understand, make and manage their investments;
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs): working closely with the wider ETF team on a variety of issues relating to the development, operation and distribution of ETF products;
Distribution and Product Management: supporting all aspects of the Invesco product range, including product launches and the distribution of products across the region; and
Corporate and Commercial: managing the commercial contracts relating to Invesco's corporate activities, including outsourcing agreements, procurement contracts, software licences and any other general contract law issues.
The opportunity
Are you looking for an outstanding start to your legal career? Do you have an interest in the investment management industry? You'll get to combine both of your interests by joining our legal traineeship programme! You'll hone your legal skills by rotating across our four teams and can expect to be involved in a wide range of work to develop your legal knowledge within an asset management context and to achieve the SRA prescribed competencies for trainee solicitors. By way of some examples, you will have exposure to:

Working with investment teams to give the legal angle on commercial questions;
Negotiating and executing trading and investments documentation relating to the life-cycle of an investment;
Project managing more complex investments alongside the investment teams and support teams;
Drafting and coordinating FCA applications, as well as providing junior legal support for the UK product ranges;
Analysing and communicating regulatory change to different areas of the business;
Drafting and negotiating distribution agreements, platform agreements, terms of business, rebate agreements and fund link agreements;
Instructing and managing external counsel;
Drafting, reviewing and updating prospectuses, KIID documentation and other fund and service provider agreements relating to our ETF business; and
Drafting, negotiating and finalising a wide variety of commercial contracts.
There may also be an opportunity to do a secondment with one of our top tier partner law firms.
During your traineeship, you can expect a high level of responsibility, independent working and internal client contact within a supportive, employee-centric environment.
You'll have the chance to use your outstanding relationship building skills to support internal clients and to formulate pragmatic and commercial solutions.
If you have a keen interest in investment and finance, excellent written and interpersonal skills, with a credible and persuasive style, we'd love to hear from you.
Sound exciting? To be considered for this traineeship, you'll need:

Academics: we require that applicants have either a Qualifying Law degree (minimum 2:1) - please see the SRA website for details; this predominantly means an English law degree, with limited exceptions - or a non-Qualifying Law Degree and the GDL conversion course. We are conscious that the SQE route no longer requires this, but we feel that a Qualifying Law Degree or a non-law degree and conversion course remain necessary.
Further training: we require that applicants have either completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Solicitors' Qualifying Examination (SQE Part 1 or Part 2) or are willing to enroll to complete either of these qualifications part time during the training period (some funding may be available from Invesco); and
UK location: we require that applicants have the right to work in the UK.
How to Apply
Whilst a CV is important, we'd like to get to know you as more than just a name on a piece of paper. In addition to your CV, we'd like you to address a few questions that are important to us in a Word or PDF covering letter. Please limit your responses to no more than 250 words per question:

What interests you about a legal career within the investment management industry?
Introduce us to a topic you know about and tell us why it interests you.
Tell us about a particularly challenging situation you've faced (either personally or professionally), how you handled it and what you've learnt from this.
What has your work experience and/or education taught you so far about yourself and what you do/don't enjoy?
What is your proudest achievement?
This is an opportunity for you to shine and to help us better understand more about you and your motivations. Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider your application without this submission.
Closing date for applications: Friday 15th September 2023
Full Time / Part Time
Full time
Worker Type
Fixed Term Employee (Fixed Term)
Job Exempt (Yes / No)
Workplace Model
At Invesco, our workplace model supports our culture and meets the needs of our clients while providing flexibility our employees value. As a full-time employee, compliance with the workplace policy means working with your direct manager to create a schedule where you will work in your designated office at least three days a week, with two days working outside an Invesco office.
If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you! We want all of our candidates to shine during the application and selection process, so if you need any adjustments to be made, please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include your name, the job you are interested in, and the type of adjustment you need (for example; breaks during your interview, remote interviews, additional time for assessments or other required adjustments)

Equal Opportunities:
We are an equal opportunities employer. Our mission is to welcome everyone and create inclusive teams. We celebrate difference and encourage everyone to join us, and be themselves at work.
Our commitment to the community and environmental, social and governance investing:
We partner with charitable organisations globally to make an impact in the communities where we live and work. Our people are encouraged to support the charities they feel most passionate about. We are also committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We serve our clients in this space as a trusted partner both on specific responsible investment product strategies as well as part of our commitment to deliver a superior investment experience.

Recruitment Agencies:
Invesco has an in-house recruitment team, which focuses on sourcing great candidates directly. Invesco will not accept unsolicited resumes from agency or search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired. When we do use agencies, we have a PSL in place, so please do not contact hiring managers directly.

This position may fall in-scope of one or multiple regimes/directives.

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