London - International Trade Associate,

PQE: NQ - 3
Term: Permanent
Reports to: Partner
Practice group: the International Trade and Sanctions team
Location: London
The department

Dentons has a world-leading international trade practice which benefits from the firm’s unrivalled global footprint, with established and highly regarded teams in Washington, Brussels, Toronto and elsewhere as well as London, and the capability to take on trade mandates for the largest global clients.  Our fast-growing UK practice is a central part of this and was one of only a handful of firms to be awarded (in January 2021) a place on both "Lots" (negotiations and disputes) of the UK Government’s Trade Law Panel. This offers excellent prospects to support the UK Government as it seeks to realise its post-Brexit trade ambitions. The team supports private-sector businesses from all over the globe on the full range of trade and regulatory issues in each phase of the supply chain, including sanctions, export controls and national security, customs, regulatory and ABC compliance, trade remedies and WTO matters. 

The team is ranked in Legal 500, and is particularly renowned for its expertise in advising on a broad range of complex and often politically sensitive sanctions and export control matters, both advisory and contentious, and in assisting businesses with supply chain and related import, export and regulatory matters arising out of Brexit.         It also supports clients on regulatory matters such as product conformity rules.  The team advises clients in all sectors.

Purpose of role

This is an excellent opportunity for an Associate to join our International Trade team, which is recognised as a leading trade team both domestically and globally, against a backdrop of rapidly growing demand.   The associate will have the opportunity to be part of a growing UK team, working in a collegiate environment, and can expect a fantastic variety of work.

We offer a breadth of both government and private sector trade work. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in and focus on advisory, transactional, and investigatory work. This role would suit someone who, in addition to the technical skills, has the ability and confidence to take a prominent role in the expansion of the UK practice, leading on complex instructions and develop and harnessing their own client relationships.

Required experience, skills and attributes

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate all or the majority of the following:   

•           A qualified solicitor or barrister with a strong academic background

•           A demonstrable interest in international trade (with prior experience an advantage, but not essential)

•           High quality work standards 

•           Strong client-service orientation 

•           Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing

•           Ability to work well both in a team and individually

•           A clear ambition for how they can contribute to the growth of the practice

The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email


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