Knowledge Lawyer - Corporate

Job Description | Knowledge Lawyer - Corporate General & Commercial


The Role

Department : Corporate General & Commercial

Location : London OR Guildford

Role : Permanent

Full/part time: Part-time (3 days per week)

Reporting to: Direct line to UK Corporate Knowledge Partner; dotted line to Global Head of Knowledge


Job purpose

The Knowledge Lawyer (the KL) for the UK Corporate Group (the Group) will manage and execute key knowledge initiatives for the Group, working in collaboration with a range of knowledge and business support personnel.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Core Knowledge Duties include:

  • Work with the Knowledge Partner and the Global Head of Knowledge to develop the Group's knowledge content plan and towards the achievement of the plan's objectives
  • Monitor legal developments, legal trends and regulatory changes, analyse key impacts, and communicate this to the Group, incorporate these changes into other knowledge work products in the Group and more widely (including the creation of market facing content, and precedent/practice guidance amendments)
  • Promote the contribution of know-how, and instigating processes to maximise contributions (including attendance at Group meetings, regular Group reminders, end of matter de-briefs etc)
  • Maintenance of the Firm's intranet platform to provide a comprehensive knowledge resource for the Group, to include other knowledge work products and know-how collections
  • Building greater cross practice area connections between other Knowledge Lawyers in the UK, and other Knowledge Lawyers with the same role globally
  • Work with the Head of the Group and Group leadership to raise the profile of the Group by a more consistent application of best practices in content-led practice development and brand-enhancement

Legal Delivery Deliverables

  • Create and maintain of precedents, templates, standard advice, and process maps needed by the Group to promote efficient, streamlined work production and support delegation
  • Assess and develop best practice guidelines to support the different stages of the Practice Area matters, in conjunction with the Group partners, risk and other stakeholders
  • Identify innovative approaches to the improvement of service delivery in both technology and process
  • Contribute to and assist with the scoping and administration of pilots to test innovation within the Group and across the wider Firm


  • Support the Group's training by providing input into the curriculum, as well as developing training and presentation materials (including e-learning modules) and delivering modules as required and collaborating on global Corporate legal training programmes
  • Support the Group's external client training by developing training and presentation materials and delivering modules as required, in particular identifying opportunities to recycle internal training materials to offer clients "added value" services
  • Liaise with the firm's Learning and Development staff in connection with the Group's on-going training needs

Market-Facing Deliverables

  • Support alignment between local, regional and global business development and knowledge strategy
  • Develop content for thought leadership reports, legal publications, client alerts or client training as required
  • Monitor and track industry/sector developments relevant to the Group's key clients, and feed into market facing content and other knowledge work product and deliverables
  • Promote the wider utilisation of knowledge and innovation tools and processes within the Group


Candidate requirements

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Minimum 4 - 6 years post-qualification experience as a practising lawyer or Knowledge Lawyer/practice support lawyer
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Understands and promotes connections between KM, training, and business development
  • Strong word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation skills
  • Strong legal research and excellent legal drafting skills
  • Able to present information concisely and professionally
  • Self-starter who is able to demonstrate a proactive and positive attitude to their work
  • Consistently produces quality work and pays close attention to detail
  • Ability to work with remote supervision as part of a dispersed team
  • Able to multi-task and work on a variety of projects at the same time
  • Keen to learn and develop, demonstrating enthusiasm and dedication


Role Competency Requirements


Technical Excellence

Technical legal expertise: the knowledge of the law and ability to apply it

Research: the ability to conduct research effectively and apply it commercially

Managing legal processes: the ability to ensure all legal processes are followed efficiently and effectively


People and Team

Guiding individual performance and development: develops the skills of self and others

Teamwork and collaboration: working cooperatively and effectively with others

Leadership: creating high performing teams


Finance and Practice Management

Finance management and understanding of the business

Project management: ensuring projects are delivered

Knowledge sharing


Personal Effectiveness


Clarity of thinking

Personal contribution



This is the job description as constituted at present; however the Firm reserves the right to reasonably amend it in accordance with the changing needs of the business.

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