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About The Role

Financial Services Regulation Lawyer

Location: UK

Our Financial Services team are dedicated to business and personal finance transactions, secured and unsecured lending, investments and commercial finance issues. We are delighted to announce a fabulous opportunity for a Financial Services Lawyer to join this growing team. The role will enable the right candidate to carve out an exciting career with the support and expertise of our partners across multiple disciplines helping to build on and grow our existing financial services expertise.

You will help clients to navigate complex and sensitive regulatory challenges. An in-depth understanding of regulatory policy and process is crucial.

The role could include advisory, transactional/commercial projects regulatory work and/or contentious related matters; both UK domestic and international. Clients could be across many parts of the FS industry. You will have the opportunity of becoming involved in both contentious and/or non-contentious work, if of interest.

You can expect to have the opportunity to play a significant role in working for clients that are key to the firm. As part of this you may have the opportunity to undertake client secondments to assist our clients and to build your skills and expertise further.

The role is ideal for a committed lawyer who is looking to advance their career. Whatever your level, you'll be expected to play a full role in the firm, including involvement in business development and regular client contact.  We take a genuine interest and support career development.

What we would like the role to cover some or all of the following:

  • Advise on a range of issues across the breadth of financial service clients.
  • Advise on FSMA/RAO/Handbook (incl. SYSC, PERG, SUP, COBS,MCOBS,ICOBS, CASS/DISP), IDD, appointed representatives regime (including SUP 11).
  • The ability to provide a wide range of Financial Services regulatory advice covering the whole range of Financial Services Regulation including Emerging Tech such as Digital Assets/Crypto Assets.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge on issues within the Financial Services Regulatory team, working collaboratively with colleagues to share knowledge.
  • Develop opportunities for referral of work across the business and actively participate in business development opportunities.
  • Have the ability to actively support and provide advice on M&A/Private Equity transactions, liaising and coordinating with fee earners from other relevant disciplines as needed.
  • Having expertise in contentious matters, dealing with the FCA, FOS, and/or the FSCS.

About You

About You

  • You will have at least 5 years’ experience in financial services regulation, post qualification.
  • A solid grounding in financial services.
  • A Diploma in Financial Studies or a willingness to study whilst in post (support is offered).
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and successfully manage client relationships.
  • Excellent technical ability and drafting skills.
  • Have strong commercial acumen.
  • Be proactive, ambitious and organised with a keen eye for detail.
  • Have a demonstrable interest in this area and be keen to develop a career in this area and to build a practice.
  • Be adept at in building strong client relationships, but also a team player.
  • Be able to provide clear, concise and pragmatic commercial advice.


About Us

Benefits of working with us:
• Income Protection
• Private Medical Insurance
• Sight tests / Glasses discounts
• Car Loans
• Scottish Widows Pension Scheme
• 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
• Bonus scheme
• Electric vehicle scheme
• Happy People / Perks at Work benefits portal
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Life Assurance
• 1/3 gym membership contribution
• Flu vaccinations


Is HCR the smart move for you?

HCR suits people who love a challenge and want to work in an environment where careers thrive on the back of hard work and personal merit. Our people enjoy feeling part of something bigger than themselves, and whilst our clients drive our development, it is our people who bring their energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial mindsets together to solve problems and help our clients succeed.

Why HCR people love their jobs

Our people tell us they enjoy working on good quality, interesting matters from a wide variety of our clients, because they get the experience they want to develop their careers. We will give you responsibility early, the mandate to make things happen and we’ll back your good ideas. Our “Passion for People” lives and breathes every day throughout the firm as our peoples’ energy and sense of fun create a warm environment in which to thrive.

What career progression will HCR offer you?

HCR’s growth constantly creates opportunities for people who want to go places and make a difference, your career plan can become part of our growth plan. At HCR you can expect to work with friendly, energetic, ambitious people, who love getting stuck into a client problem, and enjoy celebrating a good outcome. Our people value the sense of community provided by the individual personality of each office and the collegiate approach across all our service and sector teams.

What does HCR believe, achieve and stand for?

As a Times Best Law firm, among the UK Top 60, we provide the full range of services that you would expect to organisations, business leaders and individuals. However, in our mission to give everyone the opportunity to experience a different kind of legal service we take an entrepreneurial approach. We’re flexible and responsive to the needs of our clients, delivering the best outcomes for them. We have more than 800 lawyers and support staff, including more than 150 partners, and have been awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark in recognition of our compliance and client care standards.

With ten offices in England and Wales our well-established presence stretches from west to east, ensuring clients can access a full-service legal offering no matter where they’re located. We’ve expanded significantly in Birmingham, Cardiff and the Thames Valley, and our merger with Hewitsons resulted in a full service regional hub being established in the heart of the Waterside innovation area centre of Northampton. Our London and Cambridge continue to grow apace.

With solid connections in the communities we work in, and a track record of delivering legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the areas we base ourselves in, our clients continue to value our approach to providing legal advice, in the way they need, when they need it.


As HCR is an equal opportunities employer, we don’t just accept differences, we celebrate them. We want to attract a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and skills to create a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and which works together to achieve the best outcome for our clients. 

We also want you to achieve your absolute best during the recruitment process.  Please let us know of any changes we can make at any point that will help support your application.  If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. 

A note for recruitment agencies – The HCR Resourcing Team is responsible for recruitment across the firm, and where possible will use direct hiring methods. We do work with a Preferred Supplier List, and where appropriate, we will release vacancies to those agencies who we deem most appropriate to support us. Only those agencies will be invited to submit candidates via our recruitment portal. Any speculative or unsolicited CVs sent to any employee or Partner of HCR will not be considered an introduction, and no fees will be applicable. Furthermore, we retain the right to pursue these candidates without query of ownership

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