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Legal Director - International Trade

£100000 - £120000 per annum Negotiable Excellent Benefits
City South West London London City of London

Managing this Role


Jonathan Kitto

Senior Headhunter - London
0203 865 2113

This prestigious Top 50 firm is looking to grow its successful Government and Trade team through the addition of a senior solicitor to join at the level of Legal Director.

Ranked highly in the Legal 500, this firm truly stands out from the crowd, particularly when compared with other firms in the Top 50. You will advise exciting clients including key Government departments and receive a market-leading salary.

The Firm:

This role is to join a Top 50 Legal 500 and Chambers ranked firm considered a thriving and exceptional business with many of their teams ranked Tier 1 for their specialism.

The practice is ambitious and has grown substantially over the last three years despite the impact of the pandemic. They wield a solid national presence across the UK and operate at the height of the legal sector.

The firm has an entrepreneurial, collaborative culture. So if you're dynamic, determined and looking for a firm where you can develop your skills, this firm will give you all the tools and infrastructure you need to grow and become the best you can be.

Their generous offering includes bespoke training from some of the top lawyers in the international trade space, as well as exposure to some of the most interesting cases both nationally and globally.

The practice provides flexible and hybrid working to its legal staff at all levels.

The Role:

This Top 50 UK law firm is seeking a Legal Director to join it successful Government and Trade team based in central London, with flexibility for home working.

The GAT department currently consists of 6 Partners and 13 fee earners - with several recent hires at the associate and senior associate levels. The current growth of the team provides an exciting opportunity for personal progression as well as to make a real impact on the future direction of the department.

You will find a varied roster of clients of household names including the Department of International Trade as well as non-departmental government bodies, local authorities and private sector organisations providing public services.

Your role will be to support the partners in the International Trade team, based in the UK and North America, on a variety of different trade law matters.

The work will include international trade law with the opportunity to advise on Free Trade Agreement negotiations as well as matters of European and UK public law. You will also cover subsidy control under UK law, the Northern Ireland Protocol and WTO terms.

As a Legal Director, you will have the opportunity to lead on a wide-range of trade projects - with management responsibilities over the firm's transatlantic legal team. You will be a key part of the team's business development and will provide supervision and training to the junior lawyers in the GAT department.

Within the GAT department you will work within the tight-knit International Trade team, with 5 fee-earners led by a single partner and an additional associate joining this spring. This structure provides huge scope for progression to the partner level.

The role is UK based but you will be provided with the opportunity to travel to overseas jurisdictions and you may have the opportunity to take a secondment with HM Government or a foreign partner firm.

This is a truly unique and exciting opening for a senior solicitor with international trade law experience.


  • 5 - 8 PQE Solicitor qualified in England & Wales
  • Previous experience working with or within the public sector on subsidy control
  • Experience of supervising or managing a small team
  • Knowledge of business development


  • Competitive Salary, negotiable to match experience
  • Expert training and development
  • Impressive flexibility and hybrid working options
  • Huge potential for progression to Partner

This is an excellent opportunity for a Senior Solicitor with international trade experience to join this entrepreneurial and dynamic Top 50 firm in London.

Apply now for immediate consideration, or feel free to contact Jonathan Kitto at JMC Legal Recruitment for a confidential conversation.