Professional Support Lawyer - Banking

Recruiter
Baker McKenzie
Location
South East England
Salary
Competitive
Posted
13 Sep 2017
Expires
11 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
The Role To manage and execute legal content projects, training and knowledge initiatives with and for the Department and as directed by the Knowledge Management Partner ("KM Partner") and in consultation with the Global Director of Knowledge Management ("KM Director"). The key area of focus is to make first-class know-how easily available to the Department's lawyers with the aim of increasing the quality, consistency and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that the Firm gives to its clients. Responsibilities include: KM Strategy Help draft, implement and communicate the KM strategy for the Department which aligns with the Department 's business goals, the Global Department's KM goals and the London and Global KM strategies. Advise the KM Partner and the KM Director on KM issues and strategy as required and work with the KM Partner to prioritize projects and work. Help bring efficiencies to the Department's practice of law as well as supporting KM innovation, e.g., help develop project management processes to improve the Department's ability to service its clients efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Support the Head of KM in the implementation of the London KM strategy and participate in London KM projects and initiatives as and when required. Legal Know-How Documents Lead the work on the creation and maintenance of the Department's standard form precedents and the collection of the Department's other know-how, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that a comprehensive set of first-class know-how materials is accessible to all lawyers in the Department. Contribute to the Department's KM pages on the Firm's intranet and other know-how repositories, ensuring they are in line with Firm standards, structured in an accessible way and kept up to date. Training Lead the work on the design and implementation of a core training curriculum for the Department, seeking lawyer feedback to guide trainee, associate and other Department training curriculum topics and programs. Help ensure accessibility of high-quality training materials for each topic in the core training curriculum by developing, coordinating, preparing, delivering and capturing training (using internet-based solutions where appropriate). Assist lawyers with preparation of materials and on occasions the delivery of training for internal and external training events. Relationship Building Lawyers Develop relationships with lawyers who have expertise relevant to the Department, build communities of interest and facilitate the sharing of quality know-how and expertise. Respond to queries from lawyers, acting as an expert, be available to act as a 'sounding board' and track queries to identify know-how and training needs. Introduce lawyers joining the Department to the Firm's and Department's KM resources. Debrief, where possible, lawyers following deal closure (and when leaving the Department) to ensure an orderly transfer of knowledge and to collect feedback. Firm-Wide KM Community Participate in London and Firm-wide KM community initiatives within the Department and globally, encouraging all KM staff with an interest in the Department's work to be in regular contact with each other and to share knowledge needs and priorities. Follow and encourage global practices and standards and provide input, guidance and training where necessary. Collaborate closely with Global PSLs for the Global Department. Collaborate with PSLs supporting other practice/industry groups, sharing best practices with them and learning from them in order to encourage alignment of the Department's KM plans and objectives with those of other groups and knowledge sharing. Help establish a knowledge-sharing culture within the Firm and the Department. Help develop and promote the Firm's KM systems, such as the legal know-how search system, within the Department and liaise with users to gather feedback. Current Awareness and Thought Leadership Research, monitor, analyze and inform the Department of legal and industry developments and trends, articulating how they will affect the Department's practice and its clients. Draft and coordinate current awareness updates, client alerts and other publications. Identify key legal developments and "hot topics" that provide an opportunity to showcase the Firm's expertise and insight via client alerts, brochures, pitches, webinars, seminars, article submissions, opportunities to pitch to the press and other client-facing collateral; provide the legal research and legal technical content needed to produce such products. Assist with the Department's efforts to find innovative ways of using its know-how to add value to key client relationships by providing timely material to facilitate frequent interactions with clients. The Team Banking is a team within the firm's broader Banking & Finance Practice which comprises approx. 40 lawyers specialising in 15 distinct practice areas that best match the requirements of our global client base. We are able to advise financial institutions and other lenders, sponsors, borrowers and other corporate entities on all aspects of financing transactions - from origination, negotiation and documentation to closing. We also advise clients on enforcement situations, workouts and reorganisations and the full breadth of structured and capital markets offerings. As a firm, we are noted for our expertise in corporate lending, leveraged finance, infrastructure finance, real estate finance, project finance, funds finance, trade finance, asset-based lending (but not leasing), and R&I, especially advising on bespoke complex transactions and those involving emerging markets. The London team are an integrated part of the Firm's Global Finance group of over 500 lawyers who cover the world's key financial money centres, many of whom are regularly featured in the top tier of rankings in both Legal 500 and Chambers for Banking and Finance. Key Skills and Experience Required Significant post qualification experience as a banking and finance lawyer First class drafting and communication skills. Good knowledge of substantive law. Experience developing, delivering and coordinating training. Experience and understanding of KM strategy and implementation. High degree of competence in Microsoft Word and other software products (e.g., Powerpoint & Excel, document management systems and databases) is desirable. Work and Approach Consistently produces work of an outstanding quality. Effectively prioritizes and manages own time. Highly developed organizational ability, sound judgment and attention to detail. Is self-initiating and takes a pro-active approach towards projects; seeks direction and advice as needed but is also prepared to take ownership and progress tasks independently. Willingness to travel to key meetings of the Group. Able to work under pressure and remain focused. Leverages available resources. Interested in the law, KM and the use of technology in effective knowledge sharing. Communication Responds promptly to requests for work product, expertise, training materials and other information. Able to communicate (written and verbal) effectively and clearly in a multi-cultural environment. Builds credibility and strong relationships with stakeholders. Teamwork Works well in a team setting. Works effectively within a large, matrix organizational structure with multiple reporting lines to accomplish organizational goals. Contributes to discussion and accepts the consensus. Understands and promotes connections between other practice/industry groups locally and globally, BD, Global Information Services, Global Services Belfast, Global Services Manila, library services, Talent Management and other departments. Diversity & Inclusion Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm. Why join us? Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm. Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world's most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,000 people in 77 offices across 47 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way. In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive. The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including: Acritas' Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2016 - ranked 1st/Brand Index: 100 The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016: currently ranked 57th Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017: currently ranked 7th Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Five awards: Most Innovative International Firm for Women, Best International Firm for pro bono work, Best in tax, Best in Employment and Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award To Apply At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications. Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. 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