Associate - Public & Regulatory Law

Gowling WLG
02 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017
Public Sector
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About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

About the Team

We are one of a small number of law firms with specialist public law and regulation expertise. Our single dedicated Public Law & Regulation team is a centre of excellence in the areas of public administrative and regulatory law and well known for its highly specialised and bespoke service.

The team provides public law and regulatory advice across a range of sectors including energy, health, water, education, rail, aviation, pharmaceuticals and food and drink.

Our practice includes judicial review, statutory and regulatory appeal mechanisms, human rights and equalities law, constitutional law and applicable frameworks, statutory vires, statutory interpretation and application, the development and drafting of legislative and subsidiary legal instruments, regulatory compliance and enforcement, due process and consultation duties and principles, and economic and consumer regulation.

Led by partner John Cooper, the team also comprises a Director, Two Principal Associates, an Associate and a Trainee. We operate as a single cohesive unit with each member working across the range of disciplines and sectors noted above. Active supervision and regular discussion is a key factor in developing, and ensuring the high standards expected of, all team members.

Main Purpose of the Job

We work closely with in-house legal, commercial, and policy teams and are regularly instructed directly (with in-house legal knowledge) by policy makers, commercial leads, chief executives and board members. Working collaboratively with each other and with our clients (and their other advisors including for example economists and consultants) is important to us and a key to our success. We are also actively involved in a number of cross-firm teams focusing on particular sectors including for example health and food and drink.

We are a busy team. Our client base is growing and there is great potential for it to grow even further.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

We are currently looking for a newly qualified lawyer to join the team.

Previous experience in this specialism, while it would be a bonus, is not essential. Of greater importance is that you have the requisite skills and aptitude to work in this highly specialised and often complex area of law, and can demonstrate that you have a real interest it.

Strong academics are likely to assist in demonstrating the ability to work to the high standards expected of you.

The appointment is Birmingham based but there is occasional travel to and working out of our London office (in addition to the need to travel to client offices). There may also be the opportunity to carry out significant international regulatory development work, in particular in the Middle East and East Africa.

Key skills and experience

You will (with appropriate supervision) be involved in:

Advising on the application of public administrative law, including equalities law and human rights law.
Representing clients in judicial reviews and other appeals and complaints mechanisms such as regulatory tribunals.
Drafting legislative and sub-legislative legal instruments, including: licences, statutory instruments, clauses for new Bills before Parliament and new laws for overseas governments.
Advising on the interpretation of statutory powers and duties applying to regulators and government (under both domestic and EU law).
Advising on the development of constitutional frameworks, policies and procedures for public bodies.
Providing sector specific advice in regulated industries such as energy, water, communications, transport, education and health (including advising on economic regulation).
Advising on compliance and enforcement issues, including civil penalties.
Representing private sector clients in negotiations with regulators and government on the development of new law and the enforcement of existing legislation.

Equal Opportunities

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, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.