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Associate, Business Crime and Regulatory

The role

Our Business Crime and Regulatory offering provides a first rate service to corporates and senior executives who are facing, or are vulnerable to, a white-collar crime or regulatory investigation.

Many of our cases involve accusations of corporate fraud, financial crime, bribery and corruption and are investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, CPS, National Crime Agency, HMRC, SRA or the Insolvency Service.

The team is considered a market leader in Business Crime and Regulatory and are frequently instructed in some of the most high-profile investigations, many of which are complex and involve multiple jurisdictions.

We are seeking an Associate with proven white collar, criminal and regulatory experience to join the team.

You will have strong technical experience as well as excellent client relationship skills, working with partners and lawyers at all levels in the team to meet clients' needs, often managing your own client relationships and matters from start to finish. You will also be comfortable in contributing towards business development and marketing activities, developing and maintaining client relationships and contributing to Knowhow and thought leadership.

Role responsibility

  • Managing complex client matters identifying and analysing all legal and commercial issues.
  • Ensuring delivery of commercially-focused work, completed to high quality and consistent standards.
  • Acting as a trusted adviser through demonstrating and applying a thorough understanding of the client's needs and risks.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships both internally and externally, converting new business opportunities to progressively develop a client portfolio.
  • Contributing to the team's business development activities, including thought leadership.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients and identifying and converting new business opportunities to progressively develop a client portfolio.
  • Attending meetings with clients, Counsel or opposing parties.
  • Instructing and liaising with Counsel and other experts where necessary.
  • Taking a lead role in supporting clients by directly responding to a wide range of urgent and time-critical queries.
  • Overseeing the work of less experienced members of the team, developing and mentoring them and;
  • Contributing to sector and focus groups as required.

About you

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Experience of managing your own case load including financial crime, general crime and regulatory matters.
  • The ability to gain an understanding of clients' needs and provide solutions to meet them.
  • A confident and effective written and verbal communication style.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor less experienced members of the team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to provide a quality service to both internal and external clients.
  • Strong organisation skills.
  • Flexibility in approach.
  • Ability to work under pressure and;
  • Excellent client care skills, with the ability to work with the wider team and business development team to develop and maintain client relationships


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

With almost 200 lawyers in one location, we ensure our clients have the right team to help them get from where they are to where they want to be. We advise major corporates and institutions as well as entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises which are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. As well as our significant business law capability, we are one of only a few London-based law firms with a large private wealth offering. Our clients find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.

Whether you are an ambitious and talented individual wanting to hit the ground running from day one, or an established professional looking for a new opportunity, Howard Kennedy is the firm where you can really make it happen.

We have earned a strong reputation for our exceptional and uniquely talented people who between them deliver outstanding results for clients. In a firm of our size, our strong team dynamic creates a thriving culture of creativity and entrepreneurialism. Howard Kennedy is a pragmatic and non-hierarchical environment where success is shared, and you are proactively encouraged to thrive at your own pace.

Our distinctive culture is built on fairness and respect. Guided by the firm’s values of talk straight, think smart and be yourself, everyone in the firm holds equal value, and everyone plays their role in supporting, encouraging and inspiring colleagues to do their best work.

At the same time, we recognise and reward individualism, celebrating the diversity of our people and supporting them to grow their practice and drive their own career advancement.

As well as client work, there is opportunity to broaden your horizons at the firm with fulfilling pro bono and charity projects. We have a regular social calendar full of wellbeing activities, charitable and social events too.



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