Career opportunities

The key to our firm’s success lies in our people. We are proud to have built an incredibly international, multilingual, culturally diverse and highly stimulating environment. We are strong advocates of diversity and gender equality and actively look to support our employees in helping them to achieve the right work-life balance. We are staunch believers in ongoing training and as such significantly invest and support our lawyers in the development of their practice at the firm.

As a constantly growing firm, we are always interested in hearing from talented and motivated candidates who feel they would thrive at our firm. We welcome applications from qualified lawyers, trainees (Swiss law and international law), professional support and administrative staff. #acareeratlalive #lifeatlalive

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Current opportunities

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FINANCIAL CONTROLLER - London

We looking for a Financial Controller to be based in London. As the sole Accounting specialist in our London office, this new role will form part of the international Accounting team and will report directly to the Head of Finance and Administration.

Key tasks will include:

Accounting:
• Managing all accounting operations including Billing, A/R, A/P and GL, Cost Accounting, Interco, WIP, Inventory Accounting and Revenue Recognition
• Treasury management (cash receipts, bank movements, payment processing, trust and business accounts)
• Preparation of accounts for UK tax purposes
• Assisting with the closing and review of the auditor's accounts

Financial Control:
• Reviewing and approving all firm and client account bank reconciliations for the UK LLP
• Overseeing and managing payroll for the UK LLP, ensuring taxes and benefits are properly reported
• Ensuring transactions are processed in accordance with UK Solicitor’s Accounts Rules
• Preparation of UK VAT returns prior to submission
• Maintaining balance sheet monthly reconciliation processes for the UK LLP
• Invoice control and validation
• Reviewing all manual journals prior to posting (accruals, prepayments, fixed assets, WIP adjustments) for the UK LLP
• Maintaining Partner current accounts and tax reserve reconciliations for the UK LLP
• Responding to accounting, tax, VAT, Solicitor’s Accounts Rules and other finance queries
• Managing the firm’s annual SRA and Statutory Accounts audits
• Working in conjunction with the firm’s Management team on the implementation and roll out of the firm’s replacement Practice Management System (Aderant Expert)
• Assistance, support and training to secretaries for invoicing

Reporting & Budgeting:
• Preparing the financial statements for the UK LLP, in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards
• Preparing monthly reporting and management accounts
• Monitoring time-recording, cash position, Aged WIP and Aged Receivables, taking action to ensure firm lock-up is minimised
• Maintaining cashflow forecasts for the UK LLP
• Preparing and presenting ad-hoc analysis to support decision making by Management and Partners, both for the UK LLP and firmwide
• Preparation of Partner Distribution Schedules and Statements
• In conjunction with the Head of Finance and Administration, preparing the annual budget for the firm
• Working with and reporting to the Head of Finance and Administration on other ad hoc reporting, analysis and budget requirements.

Your profile:
• Qualified Accountant with at least 5 years’ post qualified experience
• Experienced in operating financial processes in accordance with the UK Solicitors’ Accounts Rules
• Experience of working in an international, cross-border and multi-currency environment
• Excellent understanding of UK LLP accounting
• Strong understanding and experience of Practice Management Systems, in particular Aderant Expert.
• Proficient and experienced at analysing financial and operational data and preparing/communicating analysis to Management
• Excellent Excel skills and a strong understanding of accounting software principles
• Reliable and results-driven; autonomous and rigorous, with an outstanding attention to detail and a proven ability to assess and respond to priorities and meet deadlines
• Analytical, with sound judgment and logical decision-making skills; a hands-on approach and an ability thrive in a fast-paced international environment
• Strong sense of integrity and able to handle highly confidential information with discretion.

What we offer:
• A stimulating international environment in a top-performing, growing and ambitious firm
• Genuine opportunity to become involved in the financial management and regulation of the entire firm, not just the London office
• Potential for a discretionary performance-based bonus
• Competitive salary.

If you are interested in the opportunity to further and develop your career with us, please send your application documents (CV and cover letter) to Laura Juillet, Head of HR (recruitment@lalive.law). Only direct applications will be considered.

 

Legal Assistant 100% - Geneva

For our office in Geneva, we are looking for bright and motivated candidates, with attention to detail, and a real desire to be part of a dynamic international environment. Working as part of a team, the Legal Assistant will provide support and assistance to several lawyers.

Responsibilities include:

• Opening new clients and cases on the database system and data-enrichment;
• Carrying out conflict of interest (COI) checks;
• Participating in submissions’ filing and hearing preparations;
• Invoicing;
• Managing physical and electronic filing and archiving;
• Producing all typing and secretarial services and correspondence, including formatting submissions and other legal documents;
• Handling diary management and travel arrangements (booking hotel and flights, taking care of potential reimbursements, and others);
• Providing general administrative tasks, including replacement at reception.

Your profile:

• Executive Secretary diploma or University degree in law or equivalent;
• At least 2 to 3 years’ experience in a similar role in a law firm or similar business;
• Excellent knowledge of French and English; other language skills would be an asset;
• Excellent computer skills (MS Office: Word at advanced level, Excel, PowerPoint; Outlook);
• Rigorous organisational skills and a keen eye for detail;
• Good presence and “hands on” attitude;
• Proven ability to work in a team as well as autonomously, with strong communication skills;
• Stress resilient, proactive and motivated;
• Swiss or holder of a Swiss work permit.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic international team, please send your application documents (CV, cover letter, diplomas and work certificates) to Nicole Lambert, HR Officer (recruitment@lalive.law), or on our careers page (https://www.lalive.law/careers/). Only direct applications considered.

 

ASSOCIATE – INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION GROUP GENEVA, ZURICH OR LONDON

We are currently looking for highly committed mid-level to senior associates to join our arbitration team, based in any of our three offices.

This role requires technical excellence, a proven capacity to manage cases, rigour, motivation and a strong ability to work independently in a multi-jurisdictional environment.

What we look for:

• At least 4-5 years’ post-qualified experience in international arbitration;
• Excellent academic credentials, ideally having qualified within a common law jurisdiction;
• Strong research, analytical and drafting skills;
• Case-management experience;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Structured, precise and organised;
• Native or near-native English speaker; other language skills, especially Spanish or Arabic, would be an asset;
• Local work permit required.

What we offer:

• A stimulating international environment with a team of experienced arbitration lawyers;
• Highly interesting work on cross-border mandates, including high profile and high-value commercial and investment arbitration cases in a variety of industries;
• Ample development support, including generous individual training and development budget;
• Genuine opportunity to become involved in professional associations and build a profile;
• Competitive salary.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic international team, please send your application documents (CV and cover letter) to Laura Juillet, Head of Human Resources (recruitment@lalive.law). Only direct applications considered.

 

Marketing Assistant 100% - Geneva or London

We are looking for bright and motivated candidates, with a passion for marketing, excellent drafting skills, attention to detail, and a real desire to be part of a dynamic international environment. Reporting to the Head of Marketing and Business Development and working as part of a team, the Marketing Assistant will provide support and assistance in the marketing, business development and communication activities of a law firm comprised of over 100 lawyers. The role will be based in Geneva or London.

Responsibilities include:

• Assisting in the preparation of bids and answers to RFPs, including playing a significant role in drafting, reviewing and editing such documents in English;
• Assisting in the submission process for legal directories and awards, including drafting submissions, coordinating interviews and monitoring and reporting on progress;
• Assisting in creating content and drafting news for internal and external dissemination, including on the firm’s website and social media channels;
• Collecting information for as well as drafting and editing other marketing materials, particularly in InDesign (flyers, brochures, adverts, client presentations);
• Conducting research to support business development activities;
• Creating and managing databases;
• Providing administrative and other assistance to the team as required.

Your profile:

• University educated, preferably with a recognised qualification in marketing or law;
• 1 to 3 years of experience in marketing and communication, with ideally at least 1 year having been spent in a private law firm; knowledge and experience of disputes resolution practices would be an asset;
• Excellent written and oral English imperative (native speaker or equivalent level required); other language skills, especially French, German and/or Spanish, would be an asset;
• Excellent drafting skills imperative, with a strong proven experience in drafting bids, RFPs, submissions and other business development documents;
• Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, InDesign, Photoshop and Wordpress;
• Proven ability to work in a team as well as autonomously, with strong communication skills;
• Rigorous organisational skills and a keen eye for detail;
• Talented, proactive, and motivated to learn and develop.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic international team, please send your application documents (CV and cover letter, specifying which office you wish to be considered for) to Nicole Lambert, HR Officer (recruitment@lalive.law). Only direct applications considered.

 

Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt im Bereich LITIGATION - ZÜRICH

Zur Erweiterung und Verstärkung unseres Teams in Zürich suchen wir eine(n) erfahrene(n) Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt im Bereich Litigation/(Zivil-)Verfahrensrecht sowie Wirtschaftsstrafrecht.

Für diese Stelle im dynamischen Umfeld unserer weltweit tätigen Kanzlei erwarten wir von Ihnen überdurchschnittliche Qualifikationen, ein breites Fachwissen sowie mehrere Jahre Arbeitserfahrung als Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt im Bereich Litigation. Zusatzqualifikationen wie ein LL.M. oder Doktorat sind willkommen. Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift sind unerlässlich, Französischkenntnisse und weitere Fremdsprachen ein Vorteil.

Wir bieten Ihnen eine anspruchsvolle und abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit in einem internationalen Umfeld. Sie geniessen grosse Selbständigkeit mit direktem Klientenkontakt in einer Kanzlei mit flacher Hierarchie.

Wir freuen uns, Sie kennen zu lernen. Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbungen per E-Mail an Frau Laura Juillet – HR Manager: recruitment@lalive.law.

 

SENIOR ASSOCIATE – LITIGATION/WHITE COLLAR CRIME – ZURICH

LALIVE ist eine führende, international tätige und unabhängige Anwaltskanzlei in den Bereichen Streitbeilegung und Compliance (Arbitration, Litigation, White-Collar Crime & Compliance, Private Clients). Von unseren Standorten in Zürich, Genf und London aus beraten wir Unternehmen und Privatpersonen in komplexen, vorwiegend internationalen Sachverhalten.

Zur Erweiterung unseres Litigations- und White Collar Crime-Teams in Zürich suchen wir für die Beratung und Verfahrensführung vor staatlichen Gerichten und Behörden eine(n) erfahrene(n) Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt.

Wir erwarten von Ihnen überdurchschnittliche Qualifikationen, Teamfähigkeit sowie mehrere Jahre Jahre Arbeitserfahrung als Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt im Bereich Litigation und/oder White Collar Crime. Zusatzqualifikationen wie ein LL.M. oder Doktorat sind willkommen, aber keine Voraussetzung. Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift sind unerlässlich.

Wir bieten Ihnen eine anspruchsvolle und abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit in einem modernen, kollegialen und internationalen Umfeld mit flacher Hierarchie. Aufstiegschancen sind in unserer stetig organisch wachsenden Kanzlei eine Selbstverständlichkeit. Sie geniessen von Beginn an grosses Vertrauen, Selbstständigkeit und direkten Klientenkontakt.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung per E-Mail an Frau Laura Juillet – HR Manager: recruitment@lalive.law.

 

Swiss-qualified International Arbitration Associate - Geneva or Zurich

We are currently looking for a highly committed Swiss-qualified associate to join our arbitration team, based in our Geneva or our Zurich office.

This role requires technical excellence, rigour, motivation and a strong ability to work independently in a multi-jurisdictional environment.

What we look for:
• Trained and qualified in Switzerland;
• Excellent academic credentials;
• At least two years of prior experience in international arbitration;
• Strong research, analytical and drafting skills;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Structured, precise and organised;
• Strong written and oral English imperative; Russian or Arabic language skills would be an asset;
• Swiss work permit required.

What we offer:
• A stimulating international environment with a team of experienced arbitration lawyers;
• Highly interesting work on cross-border mandates, including high profile and high-value commercial and investment arbitration cases in a variety of industries;
• Ample development support, including generous individual training and development budget;
• Genuine opportunity to become involved in professional associations and build a profile;
• Competitive salary.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic international team, please send your application documents (CV and cover letter) to Laura Juillet, HR Manager (recruitment@lalive.law). Only direct applications considered.

 

Swiss legal trainees

We offer 18-month traineeships in Geneva and 12-month traineeships in Zurich in preparation of the Swiss bar exam. Our trainees work in the litigation practice group, with different teams of lawyers, allowing them to gain professional experience in an international law firm focusing on dispute resolution.

We welcome candidates who have graduated from university with excellent grades, wishing to gain practical experience in a challenging, high powered environment. Command of the respective Swiss national language is a must, as is a very good working knowledge of English.

Recruitment for positions in our Geneva and Zurich offices are on a rolling basis and we are currently welcoming all applications.

If you are interested in applying to LALIVE’s traineeship program, please email your cover letter, CV, university certificates and grades through our website or by email to recruitment@lalive.law. Please specify when you will be completing the Ecole d’avocature (for Geneva) or your master studies (for Zurich).

 

International trainees

We offer 6-month internships in our International Arbitration Practice Group in Geneva.

We welcome applications from candidates demonstrating a keen interest in international arbitration, whether through academic studies or practical experience, as well as excellence.

Our positions are filled on a rolling basis, with the next available position starting in April 2021. Unfortunately we are only able to consider applications from candidates with a Swiss or EU passport, or from countries which have a bilateral agreement with Switzerland with respect to work permits - more information in the following link : www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen/arbeit/berufspraktikum.html

If you are interested in applying to LALIVE’s international traineeship program, please submit your cover letter and CV as well as copies of any diplomas and other qualifications through our website or by email to recruitment@lalive.law specifying in your application when you would be available to start an internship.

 

Please note that no trainee positions are currently available in our London office