Junior Associate - Life Sciences & Food

Region: Brussels
Function: Lawyers
Environnement: Law Firm
Legal subjects: Administrative law and public procurement, Regulatory, Other
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Self-employed
Your ref.: LexGO08-1/11

Bird & Bird’s rapidly growing Regulatory, Public and Administrative practice is looking to recruit a junior associate with a passion for life sciences and food. Join us in our mission to support our technology and innovation driven clients by providing smart, creative legal advice.

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Bird & Bird’s rapidly growing Regulatory, Public and Administrative practice is looking to recruit a junior associate with a passion for life sciences and food. Join us in our mission to support our technology and innovation driven clients by providing smart, creative legal advice.


About the team

Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a strong grasp of strategic commercial issues. We combine legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking to help clients achieve their commercial goals. Our vision is to be the number one law firm for organisations being changed by technology and the digital world.

We have over 1,300 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the US, as well as close ties with firms in other parts of the world.

Bird & Bird's Regulatory, Public & Administrative Group in the Brussels office is made up of five dedicated and highly motivated lawyers.

The team provides contentious and non-contentious strategic advice to Belgian and international pharma, biotech, medical devices and food companies. They also advise public bodies as well as national and European industry associations facing complex regulatory frameworks.

Besides this, the practice encompasses day-to-day advice and litigation on Belgian public and administrative law, including town planning and environmental law, public procurement, public service and constitutional law, mainly in support of the other practices and sector groups of the firm.

What you’ll do

You’ll provide advice and assistance in the core areas of the practice:

  • Legal regulatory support in the life sciences and food sectors, covering the full lifecycle of products, including product development and market entry strategies, assistance with respect to product authorisation processes, issues on data exclusivity, product compliance, as well as issues on pricing, reimbursement, labelling and advertising;
  • Overall public & administrative law advice and litigation support (on EU and national level) to all practices and sectors of the firm.

Your skills

We are interested in meeting candidates who have up to two years’ experience in public law.

We expect you to have a law degree that’s backed up by strong academic results. A postgraduate in public and administrative law or EU law is an advantage.

You are fluent in English and Dutch, with a good command of French.

You have strong writing and analytical skills that allow you to identify key issues. You are ready to roll up your sleeves together with our team around the globe, stay up-to-date with the latest innovations our clients are developing and deliver the high-quality work they expect. You have a strong appetite for business development activities to further develop the practice.

What we’ll do for you

  • Give you responsibility and client contact from day one;
  • Involve you in complex national and cross-border matters‎, with a focus on advisory work;
  • Create the opportunity to work with team members across Bird & Bird internationally;
  • Actively involve you in marketing and business development initiatives;
  • Help you develop your legal, business and interpersonal skills through coaching, training and regular feedback;
  • Maintain a friendly, inclusive working environment where people genuinely enjoy working together and learning from each other;
  • Support you in building your long-term career within the firm;
  • Offer an agile working environment where you can balance your time working in the office and at home;
  • Organise fun social activities and events, in Brussels and beyond.


Take the next step

If you think you are the right fit for our Regulatory, Public and Administrative team in Brussels, apply here or send your cv, motivation letter and transcripts to [email protected].

Learn more about our firm at www.twobirds.com. You can find the latest updates from our team on Bird & Bird LinkedIn page.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our HR manager Anneke Vermeir on 02 282 60 57. She will be happy to help you.

Please mention the reference "LexGO08-1/11"


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