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Managing Associate – Banking & Finance

Reference: 19754


Belfast, County Antrim



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Date Posted

19 May, 2022

The Company:


Our client is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. They have earned a reputation as a firm that leads the industry and opens up new possibilities in law. They have a fantastic brand locally that has grown year on year, providing excellent career opportunities to the Belfast market. 

Role purpose

Managing Associates contribute to the day to day operational management of the firm. They have a very high level of interaction with their counterparts in other offices to enable them and their teams to operate as fully integrated members of wider matter teams. Managing Associates are expected to carry out a significant amount of BD within their areas of specialism. They lead project teams and are responsible for all aspects of people and talent management within their work groups.

Role and responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain the highest standards for quality, efficiency, and service. 
  • Quality controlling the work of more junior members of the team in the context of transactional and project based matters, including loan reviews.
  • Lead teams to work with instructing offices on banking and finance related client matters including providing training to juniors. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of people management within teams – quarterly feedback 
  • Attend weekly management and resourcing meetings.
  • Collaborate with Partners and instructing teams to define and deliver legal services projects and services.
  • Provide legal expertise, including drafting, reviewing, negotiating and amending finance related documents, transaction management, managing large CP processes, maintaining and improving templates, precedents and developing knowhow.
  • Manage and report on progress and liaise with internal and external clients to address points of relevance or concern and resolving queries and issues.

The Person:

  • Ideally, a minimum of 6+ years PQE within the Banking/Finance practice of a reputable commercial law firm.
  • Experience leading and coordinating complex multi-faceted matters, including multi-jurisdictional matters large teams on large matters on international projects.
  • Experience of managing teams and supervising junior lawyers and/or trainees.
  • Commercially astute and deep expertise leading on Banking/Finance transactions.
  • Real Estate Finance experience and familiarity with LMA documentation highly desirable. 
  • A professional manner, with high levels of integrity, resilience and diplomacy.
  • Consistently demonstrate a professional manner with evidence of exceptional levels of judgement, commercial awareness and critical thinking.
  • Flexible, resourceful and prepared to take a hands-on-approach, comfortable operating in what is essentially a rapidly evolving new business and interested in identifying and shaping that evolution.
  • Strong focus on detail and high levels of self-motivation.
  • Proven ability to take ownership of own work.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Strong relationship-building skills – a team player with the ability to establish credibility and inspire confidence with clients and senior colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a high level of affinity with legal technology.

Next Steps:
Please submit your application or speak to a specialist consultant from the Abacus team on 0044 (0) 28 9031 3157 for a confidential discussion. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 4 business hours.
The team at Abacus manages a range of permanent and contract positions throughout Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. If you are experienced and/or professionally qualified we can support your job search.
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