Digital team specialist Practice Development Lawyer (PDL) - Hybrid working
A new senior and client-facing PDL role leveraging your digital (information technology, privacy and data protection) expertise and experience gained through private practice and/or in-house. You will be reporting directly to our Digital team partners and liaising closely with both our firmwide PDL network, and our business development (BD) team.
This strategically important role which is in an investment area for the firm will focus on delivering targeted services specifically to anticipate client needs, inform our Digital team's activity, building our reputation and expertise, and delivering excellent client service. These could include:
- Delivering strategic insight and market knowledge
- Leading on the application of new technology and innovation to our team's activities
- Horizon Scanning
- Thought leadership (drafting articles, hot topics, opinion pieces, and commentary) including for use in soon to be launched cross-media marketing campaigns
- Scoping, preparing and delivering excellent training with clients and internally
- Profile raising, including involvement with campaigns
- Driving efficiencies, drawing together different strands of work across multiple disciplines
- Networking, influencing and liaising with external stakeholders (eg industry and government bodies) and internal stakeholders (eg WBD US, Lex Mundi)
- Running client blogs and other social media channels
- Assisting with tenders and pitches
- Dealing with queries from lawyers
- Participating on client service teams and client relationship management, sector strategy, and business development calls
- Regular communication and coordinating activity with the relevant BD sector manager
The ideal candidate will have approximately 10+ years' experience of working with clients on technology and data related projects in private practice or in an in house role. A genuine interest in and curiosity around developments in all things tech (including in the way it is used and regulated) is key as much of our clients' needs are in areas which are constantly developing and where the law struggles to keep pace. With the freedom to help us develop our practice through thought leadership across multiple channels, the role would be well suited to someone with an inquisitive mind and who enjoys interacting with a broad community of clients and colleagues in an open and collaborative way.
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.
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+, disabilities, families, and women's career development 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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