Job description

  • Location:
    London - 30 Gresham Street
  • Department:
  • Division:
    IBP Risk & Compliance
  • Employment Type:
    Full time
  • Salary:

Legal Counsel- Derivatives (10124)

Investec is a distinctive Specialist Bank serving clients principally in the UK and South Africa. Our culture gives us our edge: we work hard to find colleagues who'll think out of the ordinary and we put them in environments where they'll flourish. We combine a flat structure with a focus on internal mobility. If you can bring an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to learn and collaborate to your work, this could be the boost your career deserves.

Are you a Derivatives lawyer looking for your next challenge?

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to build strong stakeholder relationships?


What is the purpose of the role?

An exciting opportunity for a lawyer to support Investec's treasury and trading business. The role has both a transactional and a regulatory advisory dimension to it and would suit a 2-4 PQE lawyer with private practice experience. Some in-house experience would be a plus. The role would suit a dynamic individual who relishes the opportunity for a challenge and the chance to broaden their skillset.

What are the main responsibilities?

•    Advising the trading desks in London on derivatives transactions across all product types and counterparties. 
•    Drafting and negotiating trading agreements (e.g. ISDAs and GMRAs), confirmations, amendment and novation agreements and guarantees.
•    Assisting with the preparation and negotiation of collateral documentation.
•    Negotiating and advising on various brokerage agreements, trading platform / venue agreements and clearing documentation including custody agreements. 
•    Tracking and assessing the impact of financial markets regulation on the business.
•    Assisting and advising on regulatory change and implementation affecting the trading desks and taking collective responsibility for ensuring our templates are updated accordingly.
•    Actively liaising with colleagues and other stakeholders throughout the Bank where applicable to your role on legal risk matters affecting the banks environment.
•    Other more general in-house legal work such as reviewing and negotiating NDAs, waiver letters and other commercial agreements.
•    An opportunity to support our bank funding and treasury business with the negotiation and review of various deposit agreements.
•    Providing ad hoc legal advice on legal matters arising.
•    Keeping abreast of developments and any changes in the nature and extent of the Bank's activities as applicable to your role from time to time.
You will be expected to gain a good understanding of the business by working closely with your colleagues in Investec Legal, and the business in order to provide proactive legal support.

What core skills and knowledge and we looking for? 

  •    Qualified lawyer, between 2-4 years PQE gained in a leading UK law firm. In house experience a plus.
•    Experience of  OTC derivatives and close familiarity with all ISDA documentation.
•    Experience of GMRA documentation. Experience of GMSLA documentation desirable but not essential.
•    Regulatory knowledge as applicable to the role.
•    Ability to develop strong stakeholder relationships and manage external legal counsel relationships when required.
•    Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate legal concepts to non-lawyers in a clear and concise manner and provide practical, clear and concise commercial advice.
•    Good commercial awareness and a pragmatic approach, being able to match legal expertise with partnering with the business approach and client focus. 
•    Excellent working and practical commercial and technical knowledge of all legal documentation applicable to the business areas together with the applicable law and regulation relating to the provision of banking and financial services.
•    Can think on their feet and provide on the spot legal and regulatory advice as well as dealing with general queries that arise from the trading business areas.
•    Team player, proactive and enjoys working closely with the key business stakeholders as well as the wider IBP Legal team and other functions within the bank.
•    Attention to detail.
•    Business enabler and “can do attitude”. 


As part of our collaborative & agile culture, our working week is 4 days in the office and one day remote.

Investec offers a range of wellbeing benefits to make our people feel healthier, balanced and more fulfilled in their lives inside and outside of work.

Here is a selection of what we offer;


Wellbeing Subsidy, Corporate Gym Membership, Virtual GP, Peppy Health App (Fertility, Menopause and Early Parenthood), Optional Private Medical & Dental Insurance


Non-contributory Pension & Discretionary Bonus

Life & Income Protection

Life Assurance, Critical Illness & Income Protection


Season Ticket Loan & Electric Vehicle Scheme 

Embedded in our culture is a sense of belonging and inclusion. This creates an environment in which everyone is free to be themselves which helps to drive innovation, creativity and ultimately business performance. At Investec we want everyone to find it easy to be themselves, and to feel they belong. It's a responsibility we all share and is integral to our purpose and values as an organisation.

Research shows that some candidates can be reluctant to apply to a role unless they meet all the criteria. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit here and welcome you to do the same – if the role excites you, please don't let our person specification hold you back. Get in touch!

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London - 30 Gresham Street
30 Gresham Street, London, England, GB, EC2V 7QN

Meet the recruiter

Charmaine Bannerman


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Private Medical Cover
Virtual GP
Gym Discounts
Psychologist Service
Annual Leave
Life Assurance