WHO WE ARE
Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm, recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise across the spectrum of legal matters including high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions, contentious matters and all aspects of risk. We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally, providing clear legal advice that spans the globe whilst tackling the cultural nuances between jurisdictions. Our lawyers understand how to coordinate and manage matters in the jurisdictions most relevant to our clients.
At Slaughter and May, with over 1,200 partners and staff worldwide, everyone's contribution is valued, and we all enjoy an open, friendly and supportive environment. We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader. To support our employees in achieving their professional development objectives, we offer an unrivalled variety of learning and development opportunities to everyone, as well as a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. In light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the firm has evolved a new hybrid approach to working, which sees our people working between their respective remote environments and our prestigious Headquarters at One Bunhill Row, in the heart of the City of London.
Would you like to join one of the world’s most prestigious law firms?
We are offering a fantastic opportunity for a professional, technically strong, engaging and entrepreneurial individual to join us as a specialist Private Equity Professional Support Lawyer, within our broader Corporate Group.
This role would suit an experienced lawyer with in-depth and extensive knowledge of the private equity sector. The role will report into Corporate partner, Harry Bacon, and work closely with, and support, the firm’s expanding PE team.
We advise financial sponsors, investors, financiers, portfolio companies and management teams on international transactions. Our team covers the full spectrum of strategies, including private equity, infrastructure, private credit and venture capital, working on matters that range from mid- market deals to those involving the very largest targets and funds (including Fortress on its offer for WM Morrison). We regularly act on deals at all stages of the investment life cycle – from initial investment to exit – and at all levels of the capital structure, including both equity and debt finance.
Our PE team is made up of energetic and entrepreneurial partners who are looking for someone to bring energy to the role and support a drive to grow our PE practice. Candidates will ideally have extensive practical experience working wholly or predominantly for financial sponsors (including international private equity houses, infrastructure and other investment funds), their portfolio companies and management teams.
Professional Support Lawyers (PSLs) at the firm must demonstrate technical excellence and legal expertise in their area. They have responsibility for building best practice processes for creating, capturing, curating and disseminating knowledge and supporting the practice. PSLs are expected to apply a practical and client-centric focus to know-how, and to produce timely and insightful content, which they impart using a variety of channels.
PSLs need to be able to be flexible, work well in a team, generate ideas, be self-sufficient and proactive, and actively project manage their own deliverables. PSLs can expect to have substantial contact with fee-earners from across the firm, and will need to develop strong working relationships at all levels within the firm.
PSLs should have genuine enthusiasm for the use of technology and innovation in the support of fee-earners and clients. All PSLs in the firm have a dotted line report to the Director of Knowledge & Innovation, and work closely with our central Knowledge & Innovation department as well as with the Business Development department and the Learning & Development team.
The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed. You may be required on occasion to work outside our normal working hours of 9:30am to 5:30pm.
- Keeping up to date with legal and commercial developments that affect our practice.
- Assisting with the organisation, capture, review and creation of know-how and ensuring that this is loaded onto our knowledge systems.
- Creating, maintaining, or commenting on standard documents, considering their automation potential.
- Assisting with the organisation, capture and review of precedents and ensuring they are loaded onto our knowledge systems.
- Maintaining, organizing and updating the relevant practice pages on the Intranet.
- Producing updates and articles for internal know-how briefings.
- Responding to queries from fee earners.
- Engaging in specific knowledge projects.
- Liaising with the Learning and Development team and the PE team on an engaging legal training programme, maximising the use of all available formats.
- Drafting and delivering or assisting fee earners in preparation and delivery of training for our fee earners.
Pitches, directories and website
- Contributing practice-specific content to firm-wide pitches and relevant sections of our website.
- Assisting with submissions to legal directories.
External facing: client publications, client training, industry or legal consultations and committees
- Writing, editing or assisting in the preparation of client briefings, training or blogs on topical issues of relevance to our clients.
- Drafting and delivering or assisting fee earners in the preparation and delivery of client training.
- Replying to, or contributing to, replies to industry or legal consultations.
- Participating in, attending, or assisting fee earners’ participation in, external committees, conferences and events.
Candidates for this position will be someone who:
Technical competence and knowledge
- Has comprehensive knowledge and experience of technical and industry developments that affect our practice and clients
- Acts as the go-to person for fee-earners with queries about law and market practice in the PE sector
- Builds best practice processes for the creation, capture, review, curation and dissemination of knowledge
- Identifies opportunities for producing timely and insightful current awareness, client content, thought leadership content and training material
- Designs, drafts and delivers dedicated training programmes for fee-earners of varying levels of seniority
- Identifies opportunities for supporting client relationships, with an emphasis on content, including direct contact with clients where appropriate
- Engages in business development opportunities such as contributing to client publications, client training and pitches
- Builds an external profile through activities such as speaking at conferences, writing for external publications, responding to industry or legal consultations, and participating in professional bodies
- Engages with fee-earners to inform strategic decisions about knowledge priorities
- Participates in firmwide initiatives in areas such as legal tech, innovation and compliance
- Seeks opportunities to undertake process improvement initiatives
- Mitigates risk by scanning the horizon for legal, regulatory and market developments
- Speaks with authority on technical topics to a wide range of audiences
- Builds strong relationships with fee- earners, other PSLs and Business Services teams
- Actively promotes integration with other practice support resource.