Dispute Litigation Associate (Antitrust)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
London, United Kingdom
6d ago


Freshfields overview Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

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This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross-border work isn’t just what we do, it is what we excel at.

We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.

We aim to add value in everything we do - we are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We use our experience and creativity to help clients make judgements and achieve their goals.

In everything we do, we seek to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.

Location overview Our London office is at the heart of our global network, in one of the most exciting world cities.

London is arguably the world’s greatest financial centre : all of the world’s leading financial institutions have a significant presence here.

It’s home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe’s largest companies.

Our London team has a reputation that’s second to none.

They’re the team the world’s leading businesses turn to for help with their most challenging problems. They work with colleagues around the world on complex, cross-border deals and disputes.

Whether you join as a lawyer, a recent graduate or in a business services role, London is a great place to work.

You will have the opportunity to work on challenging, engaging work that will give you the opportunity to make your mark and progress your career.

We believe there is no better place to work. Function overview

Resolving disputes by litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution is a vital part of corporate risk management and strategy.

The globalisation of business and the expansion of the European single market are resulting in more cross-border disputes requiring high quality, co-ordinated advice.

In addition, the increasing complexity of regulation at both national and European levels has given rise to a need for solutions not only in a commercial context but also in the regulatory sphere.

We are leaders in :

  • Domestic commercial litigation;
  • Large-scale multijurisdictional litigation;
  • European and international law disputes;
  • International and domestic arbitration;
  • Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; and
  • Negotiation with, and advocacy concerning, regulatory and government agencies.
  • Our work includes a broad range of commercial disputes and work in specialist areas such as banking, financial services and securities, construction and engineering, energy, EU and antitrust, environmental, planning and regulatory, fraud, human rights, insurance and reinsurance law, intellectual property and information technology, international arbitration, product liability, professional negligence, property, public international law, and restructuring and insolvency.


    Dispute Resolution Department We are recognised as the market leader in competition litigation, financial disputes, global investigations and management of political, consumer and product risk.

    Our strong international commercial litigation capabilities have allowed us to act on the most significant cases in the market.

    Role Summary We are currently looking for a litigator to work within our antitrust litigation team in London, which is active in cartel damages, abuse of dominance and other antitrust litigation in the UK courts and Competition Appeal Tribunal, including collective proceedings and class actions, and frequently coordinating competition litigation on a worldwide basis.

    The team is widely regarded as the leading practice in the market, active in more of the major competition litigation cases than any other firm, and we have the largest dedicated antitrust litigation team in London.

    We act on the highest profile, and most cutting edge, antitrust litigation matters in the UK including Mastercard’s defence against a £14bn class action in relation to multilateral interchange fees, and Volvo’s global defence of damages litigation arising out of the EU’s trucks cartel decision.

    The team has been described as a jewel in the crown’ of Freshfields’ global dispute resolution practice, and is at the heart of the firm’s global antitrust litigation group.

    In addition to working on competition litigation and investigation matters, the successful candidate would have the opportunity to work with the firm’s wider global investigations and class action practice.

    The team also undertakes EU and UK domestic public law and related regulatory litigation (including Brexit-related work), human rights cases, as well as broader commercial litigation and competition advisory work.

    Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Draft complex witness statements, expert reports and pleadings
  • Run project processes on significant cases and work towards being the lead associate
  • Develop litigation skills, both procedural and substantive, and work closely with leading barristers, economists and other expert witnesses
  • Draft letters / emails to client / other side
  • Run document reviews and disclosure projects
  • Attend mediation / settlement discussions and draft settlement agreements
  • Enhance financial skills, including by working in close cooperation with expert economists
  • Produce business development plans and work with our BD Manager to generate additional ideas
  • Delegate to and mentor junior associates and trainees
  • Participate in seminars / training to clients and other associates
  • Establish profile and relationships with partners and clients, and in the market
  • Key Requirements

  • High quality lawyer with strong technical and commercial background
  • Intellectually strong with top class academics
  • Two to five years’ (UK equivalent) experience at a leading law firm
  • Competencies

  • Have a tenacious and enthusiastic approach to surpass the expectations of our clients
  • Strong technical and commercial abilities
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team and supervise more junior lawyers / trainees
  • Highly effective communicator (both orally and in writing)
  • Able to take on a high degree of responsibility and manage a challenging workload
  • Committed to providing an excellent service to our clients
  • Proactive involvement in business development and knowledge management
  • Closing Date : 6 November 2019Vacancies : MultipleSalary : Competitive Inclusion Where we indicate a band of PQE for a role, this indicates how long we would expect a lawyer to take to gain the level of experience required in an appropriate legal context.

    It does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE who can demonstrate that they have acquired the relevant experience.

    The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.

    Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.

    All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.

    Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.

    Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made.

    A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer : we make decisions on a case by case basis and take a number of factors into account (eg the role you are applying for and the circumstances of the offence).

    You would have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision.

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