About Gowling WLG
We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
There's strength in our global presence we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.
Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.
There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role.
Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork.
We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.
Working flexibly, working fairly
Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse and with clients often working to a 24 / 7 rhythm having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.
By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team while maintaining that all important work-life balance.
Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours.
If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.
About the Team
Gowling WLG has a multi-award winning pensions law team. We are around 45 pensions lawyers and we distinguish ourselves in the pensions law market by being good people to work with and offering :
Second-to-none training and development for our lawyers is a key part of our profile as a pensions team (and as a firm).
And this is a good place to work. Five members of our pensions team have tried pensions teams in other firms, and then returned to work in this team.
It’s not just this team : the firm as a whole regularly wins awards for being a good place to work, for its diversity initiatives, and for the way it handles trainees and training contracts.
Pensions operates as a single team across two UK offices, with roughly equal numbers in Birmingham and London. Most of our the larger clients have lawyers from both offices on their client service teams.
We advised (or have done pensions law project work for) employers, trustees, the Regulator, the PPF, NEST, several insurance companies, actuarial firms and other industry players.
Gowling WLG (or its predecessor pensions teams Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham) act or acted on cutting edge matters such as :
We have a partner and three PSLs focussed on excellence and making sure our lawyers are the best they can be : fully supported in the market where they operate.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
This role will involve acting for major corporates or trustees of pension schemes providing advice in a wide range of pensions law, including some or all of the following :
We like our lawyers to develop their own personalities in the pensions market from the outset involving themselves in business development and profile raising as well as pure legal work.
There are also opportunities for public speaking, within the firm and on a broader stage.
Not all of our lawyers do all of these areas of work : some specialise in (or in other cases, chose not to work on) public sector pensions, pensions disputes, pensions investment issues or the overlap with employment law, for example.
In addition, the team offers lawyers the scope (if they wish) to spend some time working in specialist sub-teams, dealing with very topical issues such as :
A lawyer joining us will take responsibility for managing client relationships and focus on delivering an excellent service to your clients in addition to getting the law right.
He or she will support our ethos that relationships are everything and relationships are unique.
In relation to your fee-earning work, our lawyers have personal time recording targets and manage the financial aspects of matters they are responsible for efficiently (i.
e. billing and cash collection).
They are involved in the marketing efforts of the pensions team, attending industry events regularly and organising get togethers with multipliers (such as actuaries and independent trustees) in order to develop your personal profile, and that of the team.
Some of them take a proactive approach to writing articles and delivering seminars.
Our lawyers take responsibility for their own training and development with our full support. They seek to develop the knowledge of the whole team by sharing your experience and research, including by giving training sessions to the team.
Key skills and experience
The ideal candidate for this role will be a fourth seater trainee, or a qualified solicitor with up to about three years’ experience.
If qualified, the experience obtained will be of interest to us, but we are good at training bright, committed people and we have no specific prerequisites.
Some or all of the following (depending on the level of qualification) would be helpful in a qualified solicitor seeking to join us :
We would look for the successful applicant to have :
Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-
assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.
At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.
Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.