Senior Associate, Corporate Crime & Investigations
DLA Piper
United Kingdom-Liverpool
5d ago


Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

Role Location : Manchaster, Liverpool

Role opening date : 13 / 09 / 2019

Closing date for applications : 13 / 10 / 2019

THE OPPORTUNITY We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious commercial litigator with a strong bias towards, or interest in, corporate crime and investigations.

The role will be incredibly varied, and you will work closely alongside a Chambers-ranked partner, focusing on the investigation and prosecution of range of offences including fraud, bribery and corruption, criminal anti-

competitive behaviour, health and safety, environmental, food hygiene and safety, product safety, consumer protection (Trading Standards) and dawn raids.

The role will be based in our Manchester office but will also require travel to client sites and our other UK and international offices from time to time.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Some recent matters handled by the team, which gives a strong indication of the type and calibre of work you are likely to be exposed to, are :

  • Operation Modulation - internal investigation into allegations of large scale theft by former senior executives, working with the Police, CPS and Insurers
  • Operation Tardy - successful challenge by way of Judicial Review to illegal warrants of entry, search and seizure by South Yorkshire Police and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, and on-
  • going investigation into alleged fraud by professional services firm

  • Operation Sharston - internal investigation into whistleblower allegations of bribery and corruption in award of overseas supply contracts
  • Operation Bagpipe - investigation into whistleblower complaint of unethical and potentially fraudulent misrepresentations to financial institution over contractual liabilities in IT estate
  • Operation Adair - internal investigation into employee collusion in sophisticated theft of product from oil terminal
  • R v Lion Steel & others - successful defence of Managing Director charged with Gross Negligence Manslaughter in the second corporate manslaughter prosecution in the UK
  • Worthington Nicholls - acting on behalf of former Chairman of company following AIM listing (SFO Investigation)
  • R v Balfour Beatty & others - acting on behalf of the company director in respect of a bribery investigation by the Serious Fraud Office
  • R v Fraser & others - acting on behalf of Finance Director of Nylacast Limited in alleged conspiracy to defraud financial institutions of £100m
  • The team also has experience conducting multiple privileged internal investigations into whistle blower allegations and suspected corporate and employee criminality.

    We regularly work with investigation committees and internal compliance officers, civil litigation colleagues, Human Resources, law enforcement agencies and insurers to manage complex issues arising from alleged wrong-

    doing, as well as working with teams of forensic accountants and IT specialists to ensure the appropriate and proportionate capture and analysis of evidence.

    The hiring partner has particular interest in the powers of regulators, internal investigations and the provision of strategic advice on crisis management.

    ABOUT YOU Technical skills

  • We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants.
  • Candidates who have between 4 and 8 years' PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role

  • Candidates will have a mixture of strong litigation and arbitration experience gained at a leading regional or City firm
  • Experience of conducting corporate due diligence, as well as any exposure to AML, tax evasion, contentious SHE and internal investigations are of significant interest
  • Regulatory and / or commercial fraud experience are also highly desirable
  • Ability to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical issues that are key to our clients
  • Drafts documents using a commercial, client focussed style
  • Complies with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Complies with the firm's systems, policies and procedures in all matters - including compliance, financial systems and time recording
  • Knows and understands how to best utilise information and research resources
  • Behavioural skills

  • Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Understands positive client support
  • Creates confidence in the team and the firm
  • Works co-operatively in a team, sharing information and knowledge
  • Manages time effectively and efficiently
  • Seeks to manage own utilisation wherever possible in order to meet individual and team targets
  • Takes ownership for achieving agreed objectives
  • Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Develops and awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity
  • This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role. ABOUT US DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

    Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed.

    Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-

    leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies. OUR VALUES In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values :

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations
  • DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

    We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent.

    Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.

    AGILE WORKING We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly.

    That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

    PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-

    engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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