Job Description

About Ashurst

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. We are a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here .

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks.  These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Team overview:

The Ashurst London Competition team has been at the forefront of the market across the full spectrum of UK and EU competition law for many years, advising clients on a wide range of high-profile, and often ground-breaking matters before national competition authorities and the European Commission. Our team is highly experienced across the full suite of competition law issues including merger clearances, advising on and responding to investigations and prosecutions for cartel conduct, competition and consumer law issues, as well as advising on market investigations and market studies, abuse of dominance issues and competition litigation.

Market leading: The market leading nature of our practice is illustrated by the fact that, in addition to advising on investigations conducted by the UK Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission, the team has also recently  advising clients on Competition Act investigations being carried out by concurrent sectoral regulators including Ofcom, Ofgem and the FCA (in their first competition case).

A global team: The London competition team sit within a market-leading global competition practice, with a team of over 80 specialist lawyers across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The team is consistently highly ranked in the Global Competition Review 'Global Elite', which recognises the world's top 25 competition practices.

In-house economists: We continue to be the only London law firm able to offer clients fully integrated legal and economic expertise through our team of in-house economists.

Job overview:

A dynamic role: Set out below are some of the key features of the role.  However, we are open to, and would encourage, the successful candidate to take on responsibly for working with the Ashurst team to help shape and improve the scope of role.

Internal and client-facing role: Ashurst's Competition and Antitrust team is highly regarded for its cutting edge work and technical excellence. The Expertise Lawyer role covers the development and presentation of pan-European internal and client training and knowledge sharing, as well as traditional knowhow work. The role also involves liaising closely with our other European, Asian and Australian offices.

There is an increasing focus on developing the client-facing aspect of the Expertise function, for example through the production of thought leadership and tailored training programmes for clients.

Digital tools: The role is will also include the opportunity to work with the recently launched Ashurst Digital Ventures to partner with our clients to incept, design and build digital compliance products.

Experience: This role is intended for an experienced lawyer with at least four years (or more) of fee-earning experience at a large international firm in the field of EU and national competition law and merger control work.

  • Technical expertise and commercial understanding of this area of law are more important than prior experience of an Expertise/PSL role.
  • Knowledge of sectoral regulation, state aid, public procurement and/or trade law would be an advantage.
  • Post-graduate qualifications in competition law would also be an advantage.
  • The ability to work in another language (particularly German or French) would also help, but is not necessary.

Full or part time: The role is expected to be full time although candidates seeking a part time role would also be considered.

Reporting: The successful candidate will report to the EMEA Head of Competition and Antitrust and to the Heads of Expertise.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Mid to senior qualified lawyer.
  • Experience in EU and national competition law and merger control work gained in a reputed City law firm.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Keen interest in technical expertise and sound commercial understanding of this area o
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