Legal Services Centre
The Legal Services Centre (LSC) in Belfast is an important component of A&O’s advanced delivery toolkit, enabling us to deliver our expertise to our clients through the right combination of resourcing and technology.
We welcome people who are brave, entrepreneurial and agile. People who aren’t afraid to go beyond their comfort zone, and want to work at the forefront of their profession.
You should be ready to embrace dramatic change, have a talent for problem-solving, and be keen to develop broad commercial awareness outside your chosen specialism.
There’s no such thing as a typical A&O candidate. We’re open-minded and are interested in people who share that quality.
At the LSC, you are exposed to work within a wide range of A&O’s practice areas including: ICM, Corporate, Litigation, Arbitration, Banking and Intellectual Property.
The work you undertake could involve a wide range of projects in multiple jurisdictions. On a typical day, you could be reviewing disclosure in litigation proceedings for the Dubai office, conducting legal research under instruction from associates in New York, as well as performing due diligence reviews on high profile matters for our London office.
Lawyers in Belfast frequently play a leading role in the project management of a matter, making full use of a range of workflow and AI technology tools, promoting a more advanced approach to the provision of legal advice and services. A large number of our LPs have attended the Legal Technology & Innovation course hosted by Ulster University’s Legal Innovation Centre.
Established in 2015, the Science Analyst team in Belfast comprises seven scientists available to assist with the analysis of technical reports, patents, prior art and file histories, the production of claim charts and patent family trees, the identification and screening of expert witnesses, and the drafting of technical primers and expert reports, among many other specialised tasks. In addition, an experienced litigation associate provides case management advice in a coordinating role.
With many years of research and industry experience, our top-quality scientists, all of whom have a PhD, are well placed to work alongside lawyers, clients, and world-leading experts from diverse scientific fields on matters involving technically complex material.
The team’s experience ranges from Big Pharma litigation to aerospace arbitration, and continues to evolve into disputes involving LED technology, gene sequencing and telecoms. Our expertise enables us to provide dedicated technical assistance across a broad range of scientific and industrial sectors.
LSC Associates manage and guide teams of Legal Professionals (LPs) ensuring that their work is delivered to the highest standards by advising on commercial and technical legal issues as well as drafting, reviewing and amending documentation and conducting or supervising research. They are all qualified solicitors with more than 6 years PQE and use their experience of practising in large commercial practices to understand and anticipate the demands and expectations of their colleagues working in other A&O offices.
LSC Associates have the opportunity to work on cutting edge disputes and deals with market-leading lawyers. They enjoy a very high level of interaction with their counterparts in other offices to enable them to operate as fully integrated members of matter teams. This includes scoping and planning work, designing processes and methodologies, and interacting with A&O clients in relation to projects handled by the LSC.
Learning and development
You will benefit from a comprehensive training programme designed to complement your law degree. In addition to covering the commercial legal skills, LPs will spend time at the beginning of their employment in our London office. Our LPs undertake an intensive Business Law & Practice programme designed and delivered in Belfast by the University of Law, and receive skills-based training from A&O partners and senior lawyers. The training covers legal process and supervisory skills, as well as personal development.
You can attend internal legal training courses such as the firm’s Universities of Banking, Corporate, Litigation and ICM, which are available to associates worldwide. These courses offer senior LPs the opportunity to fully understand the legal and commercial rationale behind the work they do on a daily basis. It also provides opportunities to work with colleagues from across the network.
Secondments for LPs may also arise across various offices in the A&O network or client sites. Lawyers from Belfast have been seconded to work within the General Lending and Leveraged Finance team in New York, multi-jurisdictional investment grade and real estate financings with the banking team in London and assisting on facets of litigation matters in Dubai.
The LSC is an exciting, fast paced and challenging workplace in which you will have the opportunity to strengthen your skills and work on complex finance and business law matters across a wide range of practices and jurisdictions and in an open-plan and supportive environment.
At Allen & Overy Belfast, it is not all work, no play. Socially, the Belfast office hosts monthly drinks, quiz nights and other events. In recent years, the LSC has also entered teams in the local tag rugby spring and summer leagues and the Belfast marathon. Last year’s team ran in aid of local charity Lagan Search and Rescue.
We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.
Along with our competitive base salary and overtime offering, we provide a competitive pension scheme, personal accident insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, health assessments and private medical insurance.Our other benefits include gym membership with a corporate discount, cycle to work scheme and bike loan. Not to mention, 23 days holiday, and 10 public holidays.
Corporate social responsibility
A&O offers many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work and corporate social responsibility activities.
One of our LPs won a firm-wide competition to film a visit to Tanzania as part of our global charity partnership, through our Corporate Responsibility Committee. He accompanied partners, project managers and trainees, to get a sense of how the health and education focused projects were progressing 18 months into our partnership.
In 2017, members of the LSC took part in a charity football tournament in Amsterdam, representing Belfast against teams from our European offices, to raise money for War Child, our former global charity partner.
Last year, two of our LPs joined A&O colleagues from across the network to trek in Amman, Jordan in the support of War Child. They walked over 70 km across mountainous landscape and deserts to raise money for Syrian children and their parents in the refugee camp in Jordan.
Facts & figures
senior and managing associates
junior associates and senior LPs
PhD level Science Analysts