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Freshfields’ Global Transactions practice brings together lawyers specialising in corporate, finance and real estate in a transactional practice group, working collaboratively to provide the best transactional advice to clients.
Freshfields is seeking a Knowledge Lawyer (maternity cover) to cover its London real estate practice, which advises on all aspects of real estate work : acquisitions, disposals, development, financing, landlord and tenant, asset and development management and structuring.
The group’s client base spans property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity, pension funds, investment and other banks and end users.
The work tends to be focused on high end, complex, structured transactions, often with a multi-jurisdictional aspect. In addition, the group works alongside other practice areas in Global Transactions and with sector groups to provide real estate support on corporate acquisitions, outsourcings, energy and infrastructure projects and financings.
The role supports the delivery of Knowledge services for the real estate practice area.
The Knowledge Lawyer will drive the creation and dissemination of appropriate knowhow products reflecting key legal and market developments, and deliver, develop and enhance the knowledge function in line with the firm's goals.
They will develop their own skills as well as guiding, coaching and motivating others.In addition to supporting the partners and other fee earners working in the real estate practice, the Knowledge Lawyer’s role will also be external-facing, identifying opportunities for client-facing knowledge products and producing client briefings.
The Knowledge Lawyer will be one of a team of Knowledge Lawyers in Global Transactions, each specialised in a different product area across corporate, finance and real estate.
The team is led by (and the Knowledge Lawyer will report to) the Global Head of Knowledge for Global Transactions.
Key responsibilities and deliverables
assisting with trainee induction once every three months; and organising attendance at relevant external training.
Internal advisory and enquiries
Advises on current market practice and provides a commercial view.
Communication, networking and sharing best practice
Works effectively across, as well as within, Global Transactions and the other practice group Knowledge teams, to coordinate work, minimise duplication, manage risk, share practical tips and ensure that work product is optimised.
Liaises frequently with our real estate Knowledge Lawyer based in Germany to discuss issues relevant across our European offices, and actions any necessary follow-up.
Participates in Global Transactions-wide or firm-wide Knowledge activities such as Knowledge team meetings and development programmes.
Maintains regular contact with real estate fee-earners to ensure deal learning and market positions are captured and disseminated.
Organises and holds post-transaction reviews with the real estate team after closing of significant transactions to capture of deal information and insights.
writing or assisting with preparation for speeches or presentations for client events; preparing client briefings and / or inputting into client-facing publications as required, in each case demonstrating the team’s leading edge technical capability and market awareness.
Experience and qualifications
Professional and business skills
Able to support fee earners in their decision making process on challenging issues, participating confidently in the analysis as a trusted adviser.
Able to demonstrate a collaborative approach when working with others.
Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.
All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.
Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.
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