Job Ref JRW3012
Salary From £75000+ Bonus+ Benefits
Experience Level 6 - 8 YRS PQE9 + YRS PQE
Practice Area Banking & Finance
PSL / Knowledge Lawyer – Banking, Finance & Restructuring
Our client is widely recognised as one of the leading practices in the UK outside of London.
They now have a rare non-fee-earning opportunity for an experienced lawyer to join the finance, restructuring and insolvency team, which is one of the largest specialist practices outside London.
We realise that the spread of work in this department is quite diverse and that not many lawyers will have solid experience across the whole range of this practice area. That said it is a priority for the successful individual to have experience in restructuring and insolvency alongside familiarity with banking documentation.
We continue to recognise that all our staff value the ability to work flexibly, part-time will also be considered. This a demonstrated by a new agile working policy for the post-pandemic era and investment into the office space to accommodate this.
Training and knowledge management is first-class. Like the firm as a whole, the team environment is friendly, supportive and relaxed and all team members have the opportunity to do interesting and challenging work and to participate in business development, knowledge sharing, training and CSR/ESG/pro bono initiatives.
Key responsibilities will include:
Drafting standard form precedents and practice notes
Drafting and updating precedents and guidance notes for use by lawyers, including liaising with lawyers in relation to market practice.
Maintaining the group’s know-how system and encouraging lawyers to share knowledge and contribute relevant know-how to the system, either as a basis for draft precedents or collation into an example document/clauses bank. Assisting with improvements to and development of the know-how database and its content, and facilitating various means for lawyers to contribute know-how.
Research and assistance
Responding to and researching queries from lawyers in relation to associated law. Providing a second opinion on points of law or practice. Providing a mentoring role to trainees and junior lawyers and assisting with points of law or practice as required.
Working with the firm’s marketing and business development team to develop the firm’s presence on social media, drafting and producing briefing notes and press releases and other relevant material.
Raising awareness among lawyers internally of relevant changes in legislation and case law and practice, and providing briefings at know-how meetings and generally to ensure lawyers are kept up to date with changes in the law.
Contributing to and attending relevant know-how meetings
Helping to produce agenda for know-how meetings on a regular basis, chairing those meetings on an ad hoc basis, and drafting minutes of such meetings.
Designing and delivering finance, restructuring and insolvency training, in particular training for junior lawyers and trainees, and organising external guest training and cross-departmental where useful. Taking the lead in organising the team’s annual offsite training day. Assisting with seat inductions for trainees.
Developing the department’s know-how section and other relevant resources on the firm’s intranet; contributing and maintaining material on the intranet and assisting with the delivery of know-how to lawyers via the intranet.
Having a good working knowledge of technological developments in delivering legal services and information, and liaising with other knowledge lawyers and knowledge management personnel across the firm to train and familiarise our team with new products and processes developed, both internally and externally.
Ad hoc projects
Working as part of the firm-wide knowledge lawyer team on specific projects. Keeping up to date with developments in knowledge management systems and assessing, in conjunction with the firm’s management, their applicability to the firm. Liaising with the firm’s other knowledge lawyers from time to time to promote effective sharing of know-how initiatives and consistency between departments.
Qualifications and Experience
- Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of relevant transactional work, with recent experience of market practice.
- Excellent technical knowledge of the relevant law.
- Good legal research skills and knowledge of resources.
- Good drafting and written communication skills.
- Interest in marketing/business development and ability to promote the group effectively through social media and other methods.
- Knowledge of relevant training programmes.
- Able to communicate effectively with lawyers, trainees, management and support staff.
- Recent experience as a finance, restructuring and insolvency lawyer or as a knowledge lawyer.
- Practical relevant transactional experience.
- Experienced in drafting a wide range of written material, including transactional documentation and marketing material.
Origin Legal is handling a number of Knowledge management vacancies throughout the South of England. If you are a Solicitor looking to consider your options then please do get in touch for a confidential discussion.
Origin Legal follow strict best practice recruitment guidelines monitored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Please note our advertisements use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However, we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.