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Competition, Regulation & Trade Lawyer - Tokyo

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About the Role:

Join a top-ranked Competition, Regulation & Trade practice in Tokyo, advising clients on complex multi-jurisdictional matters.

About the Team:

Our clients team is a leader in the field, with specialists based across the EMEA and Asia-Pacific who work collaboratively across their international offices to deliver exceptional client service.


  • Qualified legal practitioner in a common law or EU jurisdiction
  • 4-8 years' post-qualification experience in private practice or relevant regulator
  • In-depth experience in competition and regulatory law, ideally in both advisory and contentious work
  • Excellent academic record, strong communication skills, and high attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively, autonomously, and to tight deadlines
  • Experience in developing client and industry relationships
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, and willingness to challenge yourself
  • Fluent in English, with Japanese language skills desirable (but not required)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver excellent client service and manage legal work effectively
  • Meet and exceed target hours, contributing to the firm's success
  • Develop commercial and legal expertise in competition, regulation, and trade law
  • Strengthen client relationships, frequently acting as a direct point of contact
  • Manage and delegate work to junior colleagues, providing support and guidance

What’s on Offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a dynamic and growing team
  • Professional development and growth opportunities
  • Collaborative and supportive work environment
  • Diverse, innovative culture with a strong focus on inclusion and work-life balance

How to Apply:

If you are an ambitious competition lawyer who is looking for a new challenge within a global law firm and committed to building a long-term career in Japan, please submit your application, including your CV and cover letter, to


James O’Brien boasts over two decades of successful recruitment experience within the legal sector. Leveraging extensive networks spanning multiple jurisdictions, he provides candidates with personalised, consultative guidance to help them achieve their career aspirations. Prospective candidates are invited to initiate contact via email in advance of arranging an initial discussion. 


Agnew O’Brien Global Legal Recruitment is a boutique consultancy that represents high calibre lawyers in their job search across international jurisdictions spanning the Asia-Pacific, Offshore Caribbean / Channel Islands, Middle East and United Kingdom. Those we assist are offered a bespoke, consultative recruitment service of the highest professional standards, specifically tailored to address individual search requirements and objectives. Our approach is discreet yet pro-active, offering candidates practical support throughout each step of the recruitment process. 

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