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Role Summary and Department
The firm’s multidisciplinary Pension & Reward practice,advises on all aspects of People & Reward work, industrial relations work,including the individual and collective aspects of mergers and acquisitions;
People & Reward litigation; executive contracts and remuneration andrelated regulatory and disclosure obligations; service contracts and relateddocuments;
share incentive and management licence arrangements, including legaland corporate governance and tax statutory requirements;
confidentiality and restrictivecovenants; works councils; individual and group severance arrangements;whistleblowing, discrimination and contracting out of services.
The role supports the delivery of the Practice Group’s KMand BD services in all respects aligned to the People & Reward practicearea.
Key Responsibilities and Deliverables
Technical Know How / Current Awareness
Creates or supervises creation of complex KM content for fee-earner usage including standard forms / templates, current awareness briefings, practice notes, survival guides, research notes, KM tool kits and KM resources for the People & Reward practice areas.
Analyses legal and regulatory development and identifies major development and products that have significance for the People & Reward practice areas and business development opportunities to ensure that clients and fee-earners are alert to the impact of change in relevant areas.
Identifies and refines know how content for inclusion into the firm’s KM system, including new submissions where relevant.
Captures developments in People & Reward law from external and internal sources and delivers practical know-how effectively to fee earners, including relevant current awareness services.
Leads technical know-how sessions for the People & Reward focus groups to discuss and disseminate cutting edge technical know-how in the groups.
Contributes to design and implementation of London P&R’s business development and communications and PR plan. This will involve regular active review of partner requirements and priorities.
Identifies issues for hot topics briefing to support business development opportunities (including on a pan-European basis) and writes the hot topic product for use with the clients / fee-earners.
Participates in regular client events, such as breakfast meetings / seminars and contributes to the various briefings and bulletins published by the Practice Group.
Works and liaises closely with BD team and prepares contributions to regular client-facing publications.
Builds effective working relationships with P&R BD team.
Writes or assists fee-earners in writing journal articles or speeches / presentations for client events.
Contributes to the KM Business Plan.
Proactively liaises and coordinates with the Practice Group’s BD team in business development initiatives.
Training / Consultancy
Collaborates in the design andparticipates in the delivery of the technical training programmes in thePractice Group including the London, European working groups and globalconferences.
Provides ongoing coaching to fee earners on the use of Athena and other KM resources and encourages general self-sufficiency and competency by fee-earners in their use of the KM resources.
Provides consultancy for fee-earners on specific legal queries requiring more advanced research, technical assistance or sounding board / second opinion advice.
Demonstrates internal respect, authority and influence for technical and market knowledge.
Communication / Networking / Sharing Best Practice
Participates in cross PG KML legal development groups, offices and regions to identify and import / export key legal issues for dissemination within the Practice Group, particularly across Europe.
Works closely with BD team in the Practice Group both in London and at a European level to connect and develop the London and European P&R network.
Works with the Director of Knowledge and Business Development team to disseminate best practice in Practice Group.
Participates in firm wide KM activities such as KML conferences and development programmes.
As relevant, provides mentoring support and contributes to the professional development of the Knowledge Management Assistant and the line management of the role, including salary review, appraisal and development plan for the individual.
Managing the achievement of high delivery standards of the KMA and addressing performance issues as they arise.
Captures all chargeable time and non-chargeable time.
Regular KM prioritisation planning with the People & Reward partners.
Relevant experience as an Employment or Benefits law practitioner (either as a fee-earner or a KM professional or a combination).
Competencies , Professional and Business Skills
Strong intellectual abilities.
In-depth knowledge of substantive law relevant for the practice area and ability to organize and communicate this knowledge in ways that are relevant to the practice group.
Ability to keep close to market practice for handling matters / transactions in relevant practice area, including, where relevant, involvement as part of a client team on selected matters or on a client secondment Commercial creativity an ability to spot potential business opportunities for the firm’s clients and for other parts of the firm’s network.
Verbal and written communicator. Creates a reputation within and across the Practice Groups for technical and market knowledge.
Creative and constructive in problem solving, showing high level of initiative.
High level of professionalism and organisational skills.
Commitment to the firm and the practice group. Willing to do what it takes to deliver services for the practice group.
Team player and able to build working relationships.
Ability to engage partners and fee earners on KM issues acting as a positive role model.
Able to lead by example, motivate a team, command respect and authority.
Client and Business Development Skills
Understanding of the Practice Group’s business plan and objectives.
Ability to interact and inspire confidence in partners and clients of the Practice Group.
Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and allapplications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basisof their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualifiedindividuals regardless of background.
All offers of employment will beconditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK andproviding the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration,Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.
Please notethat, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidatesmay not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilledEEA candidate can fill the position.
Freshfields is a Banthe Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions onlywhen a conditional job offer is made.
A conviction does not automatically leadto withdrawal of the offer : we make decisions on a case by case basis and takea number of factors into account (eg the role you are applying for and thecircumstances of the offence).
You would have the opportunity to discussthe matter with us before we make a decision.