Associate Lawyer - Law & International

Job Description

Associate - Law & International
Salary: London from £45,100 - £66,800
Law & International (L&I) provides legal, strategic and policy advice on Enforcement’s international investigations and broader international engagement, and on related aspects of confidentiality, disclosure and collaboration.
What does this job involve?
Working as part of a team of lawyers, you will:
  • Provide legal advice to the FCA on the use of its statutory powers and within a public law framework to assist overseas authorities, to FCA investigation teams on obtaining and using information and evidence obtained from abroad in a wide variety of investigations and in relation to the international disclosure of confidential information and personal data
  • Handle incoming requests for assistance from international regulators, advising on strategy, scope, use of statutory powers and gathering evidence; managing communications with firms and individuals under investigation, their legal representatives and overseas regulators
  • Assist with interviews of witnesses and suspects using FSMA compulsory powers on behalf of overseas regulators;
  • Maintain and promote relationships with strategically important international authorities, with the aim that EMO obtains the assistance it needs to deliver its objectives
  • Provide specialist legal advice to investigation teams relating to international and domestic cooperation including cutting-edge issues
  • Contribute to development of L&I know-how in the team and across EMO
What will the candidate get from the role?
  • A chance to develop and enhance your legal abilities and knowledge through exposure to novel problems and excellent training
  • An opportunity to engage and build relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, across the Division and the FCA including international and domestic authorities, government, industry and the legal profession
  • An in-depth, cutting-edge insight into regulated industries and relevant regulations and legislation
  • An opportunity to be involved in shaping Enforcement’s international strategy at a time when the global nature of our Enforcement work continues to expand
  • An opportunity to undertake satisfying, worthwhile and responsible work with the opportunity to use your professional skills in complex situations
Our competitive flexible benefits scheme gives you the opportunity to create a personalised benefits package, tailored to suit your lifecycle. You can use this allowance to purchase additional benefits such as dental or cycle to work or you have the option top up your base salary by taking this as cash.
Core benefits that you will receive as standard are:
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Private healthcare with Bupa
  • A non-contributory Pension of at least 8% of basic salary each month (there are several contribution levels that increase depending on your age – up to 12% a month once you reach age 35).
  • Life assurance of eight times your basic salary
  • Income protection
We support hybrid working which means you will be able to work from home up to 60% of the time over a month with the remainder of your time in one of our three office locations.
The skills and experience you’ll have
We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we guarantee an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role.
  • Qualified lawyer, with a valid practising certificate issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for England and Wales (if a solicitor), or the General Council of the Bar for England and Wales (if a barrister) (or a similar internationally recognised qualification)
  • Post qualification experience in international investigations, contentious financial services or other regulatory investigations or proceedings
  • Experience of managing and progressing a varied caseload
  • Ability to analyse complex evidence to form a view as to whether use of FSMA powers is appropriate
  • Ability to apply sound principled legal analysis to novel situations
  • Ability to think strategically, proactively identifying what needs to be done and exercising judgement to make and enact decisions;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight and to work well under pressure
  • Taking responsibility for making timely decisions based on relevant analysis;
  • Proven relationship management skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and with external bodies
  • Strong communication skills in order to present the outcome of analysis clearly and effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated interest in international work and cross-border cooperation
Desirable Criteria
  • Sound knowledge of FSMA and the structures, practices and responsibilities of the FCA
  • Previous experience dealing with overseas counterparts
  • Good working knowledge of GDPR, EU law and criminal law

About the FCA
The FCA regulates the conduct of 50,000 firms in the UK to ensure our financial markets are honest, fair and competitive. We do this to make sure markets work well for individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole. For more information on what we do, our three-year strategy can be found

The FCA's Values & Diversity
Our ambition is to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences and similarities enable us to be a better organisation – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better regulation.

We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled, and minority ethnic candidates, as under-represented groups.

Flexible working
We welcome applications from candidates who are looking for flexible arrangements. Many of our staff work flexibly including working part-time, staggered hours, and job shares. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want but we won’t judge you for asking.

Multilocation & hybrid working
As part of the FCA’s on-going commitment to develop our national presence, most of our vacancies are now open to working in our Edinburgh, Leeds, or London offices. This means that as part of the application process you will be able to select your preference of which office location you would like to work from.
Useful Information
  • This role is graded as practising legal Level 8 Associate.
Got a question?
If you are interested learning more about the role, please contact Katie Ayling at [email protected]

What to expect from our assessment and selection process
The assessment process consists of an initial screening call with one our Recruitment Partners. If successful, you will be invited to attend a first stage competency-based interview. The final stage will include a technical case study and competency-based questions.

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