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Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.
With 60 partners and more than 340 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions: Employment, Immigration & Reward (EIR); and Creators, Makers & Innovators (CMI).
The EIR Division is one of the leading employment law practices in the UK, with 24 employment and immigration Partners and around 100 other specialist lawyers. Consistently top ranked by independent legal directories, we have more recognised experts in employment than any other UK firm.
The team’s work comprises a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters for a diverse range of clients. Our lawyers undertake a significant amount of business development, including giving seminars, producing Lewis Silkin branded publications and driving client relationships. International advice is central to our practice and we are members of the Ius Laboris international alliance of employment lawyers.
The CMI division is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering a deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. The division consists of 36 partners and around 65 other specialist lawyers.
CMI’s lawyers have decades of experience both within the creative industries and as legal advisers with in depth knowledge and experience of the many sectors that make up the creative world, including advertising and marketing, entertainment and media, fashion, hospitality, technology, retail and sports.
THE DATA & PRIVACY TEAM AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
You will form part of the Data & Privacy team, which is an effective and cohesive cross firm, cross industry and cross sector team making up its own independent and autonomous Legal Practice Group within the firm (it sits between EIR and CMI), comprising both contentious and non-contentious lawyers from both divisions. Depending on your skills and experience your particular focus could be on issues arising in a workplace context or a commercial context but we would expect you to advise on both and to be involved in contentious and non-contentious work.
The Data & Privacy team is made up of two partners, seven associates and two paralegals. The team is an energetic, informal and sociable group with a very impressive client base, predominantly in the marketing, publishing, gig economy, media, retail, sport and professional services sectors.
Typical work types include (but limited to):
In addition to the above, the team has been part of a number of high profile regulatory investigations as well been involved in a number of contentious and litigious data & privacy matters, both of which are both fast-growing areas of our practice.
As an associate in the team you would work in all these different areas – sometimes in multi person teams, at other times leading a project with supervision as required.
Although we do not currently advise a lot of clients in the cyber security space, this is something we are exploring so an interest or background in cyber security would also be welcome but by no means a requirement.
The Data & Privacy team’s training programme includes seminars and workshops given by external speakers and by our own internal experts. We have dedicated Practice Development Lawyers who are responsible for maintaining know-how and precedents across the team, as well as the Lewis Silkin Business School which provides our Associates with the tools and skills necessary to develop.
The successful candidates will be allocated a Career Development Partner (CDP) who will have an overview of their long-term career aspirations and progression. We have an excellent track-record of developing our Associates and generating opportunities for Partnership. Organic growth and a strong team culture is at the heart of our success.
The successful candidate is likely to have up to 4 years PQE with strong technical legal skills in data & privacy
You should have experience of working in a medium or large private practice law firm and be able to demonstrate a collaborative “team” player approach and ability to work across the firm’s two divisions.
Academic rigour is important, as is technical legal excellence, but the firm will place the greatest importance on your willingness to learn about data & privacy and ability to contribute positively to the growth of the practice. We welcome candidates who are able to display true commerciality.
You should have excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills and be able to run matters with appropriate supervision. You will report to a number of individual partners/senior associates within the team in respect of individual assignments.
You will also be expected to support the team’s marketing activities and contribute to the production of written material such as client guides, and prepare and deliver talks and seminars. You should be very keen to engage in Business Development and seek out opportunities to assist in building this growing part of our practice.
Knowledge of any of the firm’s sector focuses in advertising and marketing, entertainment and media, fashion, hospitality, technology, retail, professional services and sports would be an advantage.
No agencies please.
Lewis Silkin is an equal opportunities employer.
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