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What we do

Allen & Overy has had an office in Tokyo since 1988 and has established itself as one of the leading international legal practices in Japan.

Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho advises on English and Japanese laws. Our lawyers have extensive expertise in major cross-border and domestic transactions and conduct business in English and Japanese.

Allen & Overy Tokyo's lawyers are of a diverse mix of nationalities. They are supported by six teams of professional staff members covering finance, business services, human resources, information technology, business development and legal secretaries. Our professional staff members are dedicated to ensuring business success through excellence in support of the legal staff members.

We are not currently recruiting in a particular area but we are always looking for people with exceptional experience in support areas in Tokyo. In all positions, we seek candidates with a good academic record, a commercial approach, ability to think laterally, and ability to adapt to different cultural settings.

Departments in Japan

Business Development and Marketing

We provide effective, coordinated and decisive legal advice at a global level. In order to achieve this, we require high quality support for Allen & Overy's activities. As with all our support functions, Business Development and Marketing is a key component in driving the business forward and enhancing our reputation for excellence and innovation.

We seek exceptionally talented individuals to join us. We are committed to providing comprehensive training and development for all support staff through direct experience and formal training programmes and offer outstanding career development opportunities, both in London and worldwide.

In all cases, you should possess the appropriate academic and professional qualifications. In addition, you should have a commercial approach, be able to think laterally, be pragmatic and well organised, and be able to cope under pressure. 

Business Services 

The Business Services department covers a very wide variety of disciplines both locally and internationally. Across all areas, we seek to achieve the highest level of service and support for our internal customers and our clients. This is achieved by recruiting and retaining the best people. Business Services consists of fax room, front of house, despatch, contracts, quality management, catering, property projects, procurement and stationery, security/health & safety. 

A career in our Business Services department is indeed varied, challenging and very satisfying. We are looking for professional, intelligent individuals who are highly customer-focused and who enjoy and understand the fast-paced legal environment.  

Finance 

As with all our support functions, the Finance department is a key component in driving the business forward and enhancing our reputation. Finance is highly computer automated and growing at a rapid pace.

We seek exceptionally talented individuals to join us. We are committed to providing comprehensive training and development for all support staff through direct experience and formal training programmes and offer outstanding career development opportunities, both in London and worldwide.

In all cases, you should possess the appropriate academic and professional qualifications. In addition, you should have a commercial approach, be able to think laterally, be pragmatic and well organised, and be able to cope under pressure.  

Human Resources 

Providing a full HR service to our lawyers is a vital part of our business and we look for the best to support the best. The HR function in Allen & Overy plays a highly important facilitating role in enabling the firm to attract, motivate and retain the best possible quality of staff at all levels.

If you set yourself the highest standards, are keen to learn and advance and are interested in working in an international working environment, we are keen to hear from you.

Information Technology

Pre-eminent among law firms in the use of information technology, Allen & Overy relies on the quality of its advanced IT services and systems, and on the dedication of its highly professional IT staff.

If you set yourself the highest standards, are keen to learn and advance and are interested in becoming part of a global team intent on delivering the best services and solutions, we are keen to hear from you. 

Legal PAs 

About half of those working at Allen & Overy are support staff. The PA support is an increasingly sophisticated and demanding role, requiring greater use of technology and a wide range of skills.

As well as employing PAs with legal knowledge, we actively seek PAs from many other industries including banking, finance, insurance and accountancy firms.

In return for a high level of technical ability, professionalism, team spirit and flexibility, we offer our PAs an excellent salary and benefits package, together with an in-depth induction programme, technical training and development programme. 

Paralegals

Paralegals are required in order to provide a seamless service to our clients.

As a paralegal with us, you will play an instrumental role in the mechanics of the legal process. Although the role varies according to department, you will form an important part of the team. Your main focus will be to deliver a first-class service to them as your internal clients, and thereby gain a valuable insight into the workings of a large legal practice.

The role is especially suited to law graduates. No formal paralegal qualifications are necessary but you should be able to demonstrate strong legal skills, good attention to detail, enthusiasm and self-motivation in the face of what can sometimes be fairly routine work.    

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