Litigation and dispute resolution - financial disputes 4 years’ PQE +
London, UK
1d ago

We are looking to recruit a solicitor with at least four years’ PQE to join our litigation practice on a two-year fixed-term contract to assist with a large scale piece of High Court litigation.

About Macfarlanes

We are an independent London-based law firm with a high profile client base from around the world. We are known for the quality of our work, both in terms of our ability to handle the full range of corporate and commercial matters, and the fact that we can advise our clients on their private affairs.

We handle work of the highest quality and complexity on a wide range of matters.

Our size and partner-led approach enable us to give our clients a more personal service underpinned by the highest standards of commitment and care.

As well as that, our independence allows us to choose precisely the right lawyer or firm for our clients' needs in any jurisdiction in the world.

What this means for you

Offering a partner-led service enables our fee earners to learn and develop through working closely with a senior member of the team.

Our size means that you will often be very close to the front line or in a client facing role, gaining a greater insight into the issues facing our clients.

We expect all our fee earners to assume real responsibility, as well as to participate in client and business development activities.

That means wider exposure for you and a steep learning curve.

Our matters often have a cross-border element, so our fee earners frequently liaise with global businesses and specialists in overseas jurisdictions.

The importance we place on the development of our fee earners’ legal and commercial skills has allowed us to develop the excellent reputation we have we believe our education and training programme is second to none.

We all work together as part of a cohesive and supportive team, with the firm recognising, appreciating and rewarding the efforts of its employees.

Practice overview

Our litigation practice consists of 18 partners, seven senior counsel, 47 solicitors, one costs lawyer, one senior knowledge lawyer, 10 trainee solicitors and seven paralegals and one knowledge & research officer.

The practice undertakes a broad range of litigation and arbitration work, including financial services and regulatory issues and investigations, corporate and commercial disputes, trust and probate litigation, major construction, fraud, corporate crime and cross border disputes, and real estate litigation.

Our contentious team works closely with our non-contentious specialists enabling us to provide a deep understanding of our clients' financial business and the relevant markets.

  • We are at the forefront of international financial services and markets dispute resolution and investigations. We represent financial institutions and individuals, both domestically and transnationally, in : complex, high value disputes involving reputational and risk management issues;
  • internal and regulatory investigations; enforcement or follow-on proceedings; and investigations and defence strategy in financial crime matters.

    We represent clients in connection with investigations and proceedings involving both UK and overseas regulatory bodies and government agencies, including the London Stock Exchange, the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Justice, the SEC and the CFTC.

  • We often advise and conduct internal investigations for financial institutions and other regulated investment businesses;
  • examples include matters involving failings in systems and controls, conflicts of interest, internal fraud, the alleged manipulation of LIBOR, precious metals, FX and commodities trading, market abuse, insider dealing, misleading statements, money laundering, bribery and corruption, and failure to prevent economic crime.

    The team has represented clients in complex, often cross-border, disputes and investigations involving the co-ordination of proceedings or the obtaining of evidence abroad, as well as information requests from international courts, regulators and government agencies, such as under the Hague Evidence Convention or the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003.

    Overseas jurisdictions have included the Cayman Islands, the BVI, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, France, Italy, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Brazil, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Indonesia, Greece, Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Russia.

    The role

    The successful individual will work as part of a team representing the British Bankers’ Association of more than 200 financial institution members ( BBA’), and its subsidiary companies, in relation to their defence of claims brought in the High Court by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (acting as a Receiver on behalf of 19 insolvent US banks) ( FDIC’) in connection with alleged manipulation of the LIBOR interest rate benchmark during the financial crisis.

    The other Defendants comprise six UK and overseas banks. The FDIC’s claims include allegations of collusion and anti-competitive conduct.

    In addition to the proceedings in the High Court, there are related proceedings in the US, as well as various confidential matters, that form part of the day to day work.

    As part of the team, the individual will be involved in a wide range of tasks which will include working on / with :

  • statements of case, factual evidence and financial data;
  • procedure, strategy and correspondence;
  • clients (at a comparatively high level of interaction);
  • witnesses;
  • litigation support professionals; and
  • third party e-disclosure support in relation to document and data review.
  • This job description encompasses the main aspects of the role and is by no means exhaustive. It is anticipated that work stream priorities may vary from time to time according to the progress of the litigation process.

    The candidate

    We want to add lawyers of the highest quality to our team. The ideal individual will fulfil the following criteria :

  • four years’ post-qualification experience + from a highly regarded litigation practice;
  • primarily focussed on financial disputes;
  • strong academic qualifications from degree upwards;
  • ambitious, with a genuine commitment to develop their professional and legal skills and the profile of the team; and
  • articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard.
  • Our commitment to inclusion

    At Macfarlanes we believe that an inclusive, forward-thinking culture is both intrinsically important and enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

    We have identified the continued development of inclusivity as a key priority and are committed to fostering a broad and diverse culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership.

    We continually review our processes to ensure that all of our people enjoy the same chance to develop and advance.

    We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and experiences, making Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work.

    We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

    As part of our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce, we ask you and / or your recruiter to answer all the diversity questions when submitting an application to Macfarlanes.

    This data will allow us to measure our progress towards improving the diversity of our applicants, and ultimately, our hires.

    Our diversity data reporting is anonymised to maintain the privacy of applicants. If you have any questions relating to how the diversity data is used, please contact a member of the recruitment team.

    Should you require any adjustments during the application and / or interview process, please do not hesitate to inform your recruiter or a member of the recruitment team.

    Please note, the job description is available in other accessible formats (for example, large print).


    Barry has more than 30 years' experience in international disputes and investigations, involving banking, finance, financial services, fund and asset management, trusts, insolvency, fraud and financial crime.

    He has been approved as a Skilled Person by the Financial Conduct Authority and has conducted numerous business critical regulatory reviews in both the UK and overseas.

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