We have an exciting new opportunity at a senior level for a sector-focused Practice Development Lawyer. You'll be using your extensive Energy and Natural Resources experience in a client-facing capacity and reporting directly to the Sector Leader (Richard Cockburn). Collaborating closely with the Sector Manager for Energy and Natural Resources, you'll also work closely with our firmwide PDL network (led by Paul Harvey) and wider Business Development team.
This is a strategically important role and as such will focus on delivering targeted services specifically to anticipate client needs, inform our Energy and Natural Resources sector activity, building our reputation and expertise, and delivering excellent client service. This is likely to include:
- Delivering strategic insight and market knowledge
- Leading on the application of new technology and innovation to our sector activities
- Horizon Scanning
- Thought leadership (drafting articles, hot topics, opinion pieces, and commentary)
- Scoping, preparing and delivering excellent training
- Profile raising, including campaigns
- Driving efficiencies, drawing together different strands of work across multiple disciplines
- Networking, influencing and liaising with external stakeholders (eg government bodies; regulators; service providers) and internal stakeholders (eg WBD US, Lex Mundi)
- Running client blogs and other social media channels
- Participating on client service teams and client relationship management, sector strategy, and business development calls
- Contributing know how and practice development goals to sector plans
The successful candidate will join the firm on a fixed-term contract basis, initially for a period of 12 months. This role is also offered on a part-time basis, working approximately 21 hour per week. We have a hybrid working policy in place and can be flexible in terms of location and home-working. However, the ability to travel to one of our regional offices (Leeds, Southampton, Bristol, Newcastle, Plymouth or Edinburgh) when necessary would be essential for collaborative team-working.
The ideal candidate will have gained their Energy and Natural Resources sector expertise and experience through private practice and/or a relevant in-house role.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have firm supported networks for ethnic diversity, LGBTQ+ and for families, and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns. We also recognise the challenges of relocation and post-pandemic return to the office.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can choose and vary the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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