This Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) position is a full-time role on a 9 month contract. The PSL will be one of two PSLs reporting in to the London Corporate Know How and Training partner.
The majority of the focus of the role will be supporting the corporate finance work done within the department, comprising both corporate finance transactional work and public company advisory work, however the successful candidate will also be expected to spend substantial time providing support across the department more broadly.
The PSL's responsibilities will include among others :
Precedents and practice notes
Create, update, maintain and improve Group precedents and practice notes
Amend precedents and practice notes to reflect market practice developments and feedback from fee earners as well as legal and regulatory developments
Consultancy and engagement
Respond to queries from fee earners (primarily from within the department but also from across the office and the wider global firm) and be available to act as a "sounding board"
Assist with increasing levels of fee earner engagement including by assisting with measuring of associate contributions, attending and contributing to group meetings, assisting with new projects and proposals and interacting with associates and partners on a regular basis
Legal developments, alerts, capture and dissemination of know how
Monitor and keep abreast of relevant legal and regulatory developments
Proactively consider opportunities for both client alerts and internal alerts and draft these
Help proactively to set up and attend "deal debrief meetings" with fee earners in respect of client matters and to capture and disseminate relevant know how from these
Engage with fee earners to help improve the rate of capture of know how
Create, maintain and update collections of work product and know how of the group including taking ownership of relevant sections of the Group's intranet pages
Drive, support and assist with delivery of training programmes within the department including for trainees, juniors and some of the different skillsets within the group
Preparation, support and delivery of client training and seminars including in particular our annual Listed Companies Update seminar and our Board Advisory Forum
Business Development, efficiency and innovation
As well as producing client alerts and assisting with client seminars and events, assist Corporate Know How and Training Partner with client facing "value add" proposition eg bespoke client training, bespoke templates for clients, proactively consider other innovative ways of using know how to add value to key client relationships
Liaison with Business Development department
Proactively consider and implement innovative and efficient ways of working eg multi jurisdictional survey tool, use of Corporate Support Unit in Belfast, document automation, use of heatmaps and creative use of Sharepoint technology
Liaise with PSLs in other departments and globally as well as central KM team to share best practice, to try to ensure "joined up thinking" in the area of know how and training, to contribute Group input into office-wide databases, systems and initiatives, and to identify and inform / educate Group lawyers of relevant developments etc. in other areas.
The London Corporate department consists of over 120 lawyers and provides skilled M&A (public and private), capital markets, private equity, projects, reorganisations, and financial services advice, alongside traditional company law, board level compliance, and corporate governance support, to a wide range of clients, including listed PLCs, financial institutions, and major multinational corporates.
Our practice is broad, and not limited by industry sector, and much of what we do is cross-border.
Key Skills and Experience Required
Substantial previous experience working as a practicing lawyer or as a Professional Support Lawyer within a Corporate Practice
Deep knowledge and understanding of corporate finance law, regulation and market practice (including Listing Rules, Prospectus Rules, DTRs, Corporate Governance Code and Companies Act) essential
Good knowledge of English contract law expected
Good knowledge of law and market practice in other areas of Corporate eg Private M&A, Private Equity and / or Funds an advantage but not essential
Excellent written and verbal communication and drafting skills essential
Strong intellectual ability and academic, interpersonal and technical skills
Proactive individual who takes ownership of substantial workstreams and can drive forward and complete projects in a timely way
Good team player who demonstrates enthusiasm and a "can do" attitude
Highly developed organisational ability, effectively prioritises and manages time
Sound judgment and attention to detail
Ability to engage fee earners on know how
Enthusiasm for using technology to facilitate role
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 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 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 950 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, 2010- 2018 - ranked 1st
The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 : currently ranked 66th
The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018 : currently ranked 65th
Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2015-18
Thomson Reuters ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border deals for the last 12 years. More than 70% of our deals are cross-border.
For the 14th consecutive year, the Firm was ranked first for deals with emerging market involvement, by both number of announced and completed deals.
Law360 ranked the Firm as the leading global law firm in its annual survey.
Acritas recognized the Firm as the world’s strongest legal brand for the ninth year in a row.
Identified as one of the best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, Law360 and Euromoney.
The Firm was honoured to be one of Stonewall's 2019 Top Global Employers and the top Global LGBT+ Network of the Year, as well as one of only 10 employers to feature in the 'Top Trans Employer' listing for a second consecutive year.
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