Principal Knowledge Development Lawyer - Commercial (0759)

Berwin Leighton Paisner
London (Greater)
11 Nov 2017
18 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Principal Knowledge Development Lawyer - Commercial (0759)

Team: Knowledge Management
Reports to: Knowledge Strategy Director
Commercial & Technology Practice Group Know-how Partner
Purpose of job

Help enhance the client offering of the Commercial & Technology Practice Group by continuously improving the quality of technical knowledge and training available to the team.
Act as a point person within the Firm for query handling and dissemination of knowledge of legal developments in the commercial contracts and technology areas.
Participate as needed in the Commercial & Technology Practice Group client services and knowledge initiatives in support of the group’s business strategy objectives.

What’s in it for you?

An excellent opportunity to make your mark within our commercial team, the wider Firm, with clients and in the market.
Be part of a market leading Knowledge Management (KM) group at a firm where KM and Client Service is a strategic priority.

Key responsibilities

Principally, deliver timely, concise updates to partners on legal, regulatory and noteworthy sector developments in commercial contracts (including consumer law as relevant to contracts). Secondary to the principal area of law is monitoring of developments in areas in which our team also practices, namely outsourcing and IT/Technology, data protection/data privacy (including GDPR) and cyber security. Coordinate associates as needed to deliver updates.
Internal training to focus on both commercial law case updates (including implications for drafting), new legislation updates (e.g. on the Consumer Rights Act) and key verticals.
Arrange/document output from deal team debriefs and “Wisdom Exchange” sessions into Precedents/drafting notes, ensure codified knowledge (including transaction bibles) are added into Firm knowledge systems. “Wisdom Exchange” sessions are typically lead by senior lawyers looking at deals/interesting issues and sharing knowledge.
Maintain group template bank, with focus on Services Agreement, Outsourcing, Software Licensing plus IT Services and Supply of Goods templates and real estate-related commercial agreements, updated with learning. Work with internal document automation team to assist in automating the above documents.
Maintain and develop an effective deal/issues contract and advisory bank, capturing significant deal documents and knowledge.
Deliver client training as value add (jointly with partners/associates as appropriate), as agreed by partners, with particular focus on tailored sessions (including on key verticals).
Working closely with partners and BD, develop sector-focussed content (horizon scanning or current awareness) for external use that is timely, concise, targeted and differentiated.
Work closely with BD on pitches (value add and general legal content quality), help shape legal content of marketing/profile-raising initiatives, and facilitate introduction of more visual work product across practice group.
Oversee and manage involvement of the group’s associates in the firm’s initiative that requires associates to contribute 35 hours each year on approved KM projects as part of career progression.
Work with and develop trainees to support you in the above, including on internal training and client content.
Participate in the Firm’s wider client services and knowledge initiatives, including projects to implement DocuSign, Document Automation and new KM technology.
Create an environment where knowledge can be easily shared within the team and when applicable the Firm’s wider KDL department, both in London and internationally.

Key Relationships

Partners, associates and trainees in practice group.
Department, Firm-wide KDL group and central KM team.
Library team.
Business Development & Marketing team.
Other relevant stakeholders including the Firm’s Streamline and Client Strategic initiatives teams.

Experience and Knowledge
Essential experience includes:

At least 8 years PQE with experience of commercial law, either as an associate or as PSL. Experience in transactional technology law will also be considered.
Be familiar with using legal research tools (including online sources such as LexisNexis Butterworths, Westlaw, PLC) as well as using Microsoft Word including styles and hyperlinks.
Familiarity with knowledge systems, including intranet, extranets and automation.

Desirable experience includes:

Previous Knowledge Development/Management.
Experience of training associates and/or trainees.

Skills and Competencies
You will have:

Approachability and strong communication and excellent inter-personal skills (particularly for internal and external training).
Commercial acumen (particularly in understanding the verticals we are targeting and what our contacts/clients in those verticals would find appealing).
The gravitas to win the respect of the partners and be able to establish a rapport with all of the team members.
Demonstrable enthusiasm to encourage the sharing of new ideas and approaches.
An aptitude for IT and interest in automation/artificial intelligence technology, and the increasing use of technology within the profession.
An interest in continuous process improvement.
An interest in knowledge-driven marketing.
The ability to be creative in identifying ways in which we can leverage know-how and technology for the benefit of clients and the firm as a whole.

Diversity, Inclusion and Working Differently
Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of BLP. We are wholly committed to creating an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to make the most of their skills qualities and points of difference and, most importantly, be themselves.
We believe that our goals of always exceeding client expectations and being the most attractive place to work will only be achieved if we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability.
BLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce. We are supportive of a range of working arrangements, tailored to you as an individual, wherever possible.
Please ask the Resourcing Team about the flexible working arrangements that are available to you within this role.
Please note that our PQE levels as stated in our job descriptions are a guide only and all suitable candidates will be considered.
BLP ensure all hardcopy materials containing confidential information are securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content.
BLP ensure all confidential information stored electronically is securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content.
As a regulated firm of solicitors, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP”) is required to undertake appropriate vetting of staff. In addition to completion, by applicants who accept a job offer, of a regulatory questionnaire, BLP uses a specialist provider to undertake professional verification and background checks (including through electronic data sources, and directly with employers and professional bodies/regulators) on our behalf. We will also undertake certain verifications ourselves.
BLP adopts a risk-based approach to its vetting procedures, which are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with it legal and regulatory obligations. For further details, please see our recruitment website:

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