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Knowledge and Information Officer - 12 month FTC

Employer
Slaughter and May
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
1 Feb 2023
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Job Details

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. We provide 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.

We are now offering the opportunity to become part of our dynamic Knowledge & Innovation team, which supports our lawyers in providing first-class legal advice to some of the most prestigious and well-known global businesses.

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, engaging individual to join us as a Knowledge & Information Officer (KIO), working in our London-based Knowledge & Innovation Team on a 12 month fixed term contract.

ROLE OVERVIEW 

The successful candidate will be embedded in our highly respected, market-leading IP/IT practice, and will work closely with the group’s Professional Support Lawyers (PSL), Trainees, Associates, Partners, and other members of the wider Knowledge & Innovation team.

The successful candidate will support a broad range of knowledge management work, current awareness activity, and provide research support to lawyers and other Business Services functions. The KIO will also be involved in organising, designing, and delivering training, supporting project work and helping to evaluate and suggest appropriate online and hard copy resources for the group.

The Knowledge & Innovation department (K&I) is a friendly and supportive team, comprising Information Services (IS), the Knowledge & Innovation Team (KIT), and the Legal Project Management Team (LPM); and the KIO role sits in the Information Services half of the team, but will be based in the IP/IT group. The successful candidate will report directly to one of the Knowledge & Information Managers, with a reporting line to a Counsel PSL, but will also have a wide range of interactions with all members of the wider K&I team.

Training and development opportunities are available to help team members to provide an excellent, professional and expert service to the practice and the firm, as well as to support their ongoing professional development.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

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.

Knowledge management

  • Collecting, summarising and publishing internal legal knowhow onto the firm’s Knowledge Management database.

  • Developing, maintaining and publishing content to the relevant parts of the firm’s intranet.

  • Attending, and proactively contributing to, relevant group meetings and training sessions, maintaining a record of matters discussed for knowhow purposes.

Current awareness

  • Current awareness is essential to the group and a key part of the KIO role.

  • Monitoring legal, regulatory, and market developments of relevance to the group.

  • Proactively tracking legislative changes, case law and other materials of interest to the group, and making these available quickly and effectively.

Research and Enquiries Management

  • Answering a broad range of queries and providing a comprehensive and timely research service to the practice on legal, commercial and market topics.
  • Specific IP/IT-related research to support the firm’s areas of interest, including research into cyber and digital regulation.

Training and knowledge sharing

  • Developing, organising and delivering regular training sessions on the firm’s Knowledge Management system, and on external legal and business resources.

  • Attendance at, and proactive participation in, Group meetings, including delivering “bite sized” training sessions when required.

  • Responding to ad hoc requests for deskside training on specific resources.

Project work

  • Involvement in cross-stream project work, as appropriate, including providing support for innovation projects.

Resource Management

  • Keep up-to-date with developments in research sources (particularly electronic databases).

  • Evaluate practice-specific products and resources as appropriate, to ensure they continue to support practice needs.

  • Evaluate new products and services, flagging with the Group PSLs, the Head of Information Services, and the Information services Procurement team any that may add value to the practice (or that may plug an existing gap).

  • Work collaboratively with the Information Services Procurement Team to support new product trials.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Candidates for this position should be a graduate with an appropriate information-related qualification or have a strong Knowledge/Information background, and have experience of working in a professional or legal services environment. They will be able to demonstrate the following keys skills and attributes:

  • Although experience of IP/IT law would be advantageous, this is not essential as full on- the-job training will be provided. A willingness to acquire knowledge of, and take a keen interest in, this area of law is however essential.

  • Be a confident and articulate communicator, dealing effectively with a wide range of people at all levels.

  • Have excellent communication skills and demonstrate an ability to keep stakeholders fully updated as to the progress of workflows and projects.

  • Present clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles.

  • Be a good team player, contributing to the team, offering support to colleagues and sharing information and best practice freely.

  • Have experience of designing and delivering, or a willingness to design and deliver, training.

  • Have excellent attention to detail.

  • Be proactive, prepared to take a hands-on approach to managing workload and dealing with conflicting priorities, and using their own initiative.

  • Take an active interest in Knowledge & Information related developments, including in the field of legal tech and innovation.

Company

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 on high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions and on contentious matters delivering bespoke solutions to clients for over 130 years.

We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally. We provide 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.

Across our four offices in London, Brussels, Beijing and Hong Kong we have 109 partners and over 1300 employees worldwide. We make sure we have the finest lawyers in the market and train them to the highest standards. This means our clients always get advice which is clear, confident and commercial, but also advice which guides and leads them towards a recommended solution. 

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.

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Telephone
+44 (0)20 7600 1200
Location
One Bunhill Row
London
EC1Y 8YY
United Kingdom
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