Junior Associate - IP, Data Protection and TMT

Région: Bruxelles
Fonction: Avocats
Environnement: Cabinet d'avocats
Matières: Technologie, média et télécommunications, Protection des données et de la vie privée
Job Type: Temps Plein
Contract Type: Indépendant
Votre référence: LexGO21-08-v2

For our Brussels office, we are offering an opportunity for a 2 to 4 years associate to become part of our dynamic IP/Tech group, which provides first-class legal advice to some of the most prestigious and well-known global businesses.

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PIERSTONE is an international full-service law firm with offices in Brussels, London, Moscow and Prague. It enjoys a commanding reputation and is the first port of call for numerous leading companies in the digital economy.

PIERSTONE has an impressive track record in IP/Tech, data, regulatory and transactional matters and is consistently ranked as a leading firm in the sectors of competence by the world’s leading independent legal directories like Chambers and Legal 500.

We are now offering an opportunity for a 2 to 4 years associate to become part of our dynamic IP/Tech group, which provides first-class legal advice to some of the most prestigious and well-known global businesses.

Role overview

Associates tend to work for partners in their own group in this case Prof. Alain Strowel and Patrice Vanderbeeken for IP/Tech, but you may also work for partners in other groups to provide a breadth of experience not only in types of work, but also in the different working practices and approach of different partners.

The matters we work on are generally challenging and sophisticated, sometimes requiring work outside our normal working hours. We do, however, aim to provide a supportive environment that enables our associates to become the best lawyers they can be with opportunity to build relationships with clients and take responsibility for delivering a high-quality work product. Also, we offer the opportunity to perform a secondment abroad at one of our partner firms.

The practice acts for a broad range of clients across a number of sectors, including consumer brands, Gaming, pharmaceuticals, media, telecoms, technology, e- commerce, utilities and Government.

The work involves advising on matters of intellectual property, information technology and emerging technology and data privacy, with a focus on the latter, rather than specialising in one area, in keeping with a ‘multi-specialist’ approach. This gives our lawyers client contact and significant involvement in clients’ broader business interests. You will therefore be in a position to build strong client relationships from the moment you join us and be involved in both the legal and commercial decision-making.

Key responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed.

  • Advice on general data related matters relating to inter alia the (future) regulation of AI as well as the development of new data governance models

  • Advice on data privacy including the deployment of compliance programs, contractual negotiations on data transfers, responses to investigations and data subject request, preparing and drafting client materials such as privacy policies and notices, advisory memoranda, slides, and client alerts of upcoming issues of importance

  • Advising on intellectual property disputes and contracts (licensing and development)

  • Advising on the IP and technology aspects of M&A.

  • Advising on cloud solutions to traditional software, development, licensing and maintenance agreements

  • Advising on emerging technology trends, development and implementation, including AI and machine learning across a range of sectors

  • Supporting early stage, and growth stage, innovators and entrepreneurs, many of whom are developing and collaborating around IP and technology in sectors such as fintech, insurtech, sustainability and cleantech and social mobility

  • Advising clients around Cyber resilience, including preparing for and responding to major breaches, and handling regulatory investigations and follow-on claims

  • Developing professional relationships with clients

  • Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising the profile of the IP/Tech practice as well as the wider firm

  • Managing/supervising the work of others including trainees

  • Providing efficient professional support for partners.

Candidates for this position must have:

  • Appropriate level of experience (2-4 years)
  • First class law degree
  • First rate legal/commercial knowledge and analytical skills
  • Exposure to complex IP/technology transactions or commercial contracts

  • Previous experience giving IP/technology advice in a strategic context

  • Experience of reviewing, analysing and providing detailed advice on legislation

  • First rate drafting skills

  • Strong academic background and a demonstrable high level of intellectual rigour

  • Excellent client relationship skills

  • Excellent efficiency and transaction management skills

  • Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment • Resilience under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines

  • Experience in running negotiations and/or meetings

  • A real desire to grow the IP/Tech business of the firm

  • High level of professionalism and integrity

  • Willingness to present to large and small groups, both internal and external

  • Attention to detail

  • High level of professionalism and integrity; displaying high standards of professional ethics

International Opportunities

The majority of the work undertaken in the IP/Tech group is international.

Many of our clients are based overseas and the nature of our national client base is such that most of them have considerable international interests.

Our tech network ensures that we and our clients have access to the high level international legal advice.

Culture of the Firm

One of the distinguishing features of the firm is that we do not operate an “hours”culture; we have no fixed targets set by reference to time recording or billing. It rewards efficiency and enables to focus on providing the best possible service for the client regardless of how long that might take. It also helps foster a collegiate and non-competitive culture in which you will feel comfortable both asking for advice and offering support to your colleagues.

Our work has “peaks and troughs”. However, during the quieter periods, we will expect you to make the most of your downtime - to get away on time in the evenings, to do what you love most.

Training and Development

All our lawyers are regularly provided with access to legal and skills training. We promote societies memberships.

Intéressé(e) ?

Please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, transcripts of the grades of each year at university and a writing sample (e.g., an article or a university paper) in English and/or in French to our office manager Sonja Kropid?owska: to Sonja Kropidlowska ([email protected]). Please mention the reference LexGO21/08-v2.

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