30+ days ago


Knowledge Lawyer (3 days per week) - Major Projects (including engineering, construction, energy and public procurement)-(190000B5)


Freshfields overview
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

Our people make our firm - we are a people business and want to create a welcoming and supportive environment where all can flourish. We see diversity as a strength which creates fresh perspectives and generates new ideas. We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job. We deliver best when working in teams.

We think and work globally - we don’t just say we are one firm; we act like one firm right across the world. We work wherever our clients need us. This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross-border work isn’t just what we do, it is what we excel at. We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.

We aim to add value in everything we do - we are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We use our experience and creativity to help clients make judgements and achieve their goals. In everything we do, we seek to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.

Location overview
Our London office is at the heart of our global network, in one of the most exciting world cities.

London is arguably the world’s greatest financial centre: all of the world’s leading financial institutions have a significant presence here. It’s home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe’s largest companies.

Our London team has a reputation that’s second to none.

They’re the team the world’s leading businesses turn to for help with their most challenging problems. They work with colleagues around the world on complex, cross-border deals and disputes.

Whether you join as a lawyer, a recent graduate or in a business services role, London is a great place to work.

You will have the opportunity to work on challenging, engaging work that will give you the opportunity to make your mark and progress your career. We believe there is no better place to work.


Practice and Role Summary
Freshfields’ Global Dispute Resolution practice brings together lawyers specialising in litigation, arbitration, global investigations and corporate crime, and risk management advisory work. We are a market leader in a number of areas.
The Knowledge Lawyer will work with the Global DR lawyers focused on major projects (including engineering, construction, energy and public procurement) as well as coordinating with others in the firm involved in the various stages in the life-cycle of major projects.
The team advises major contractors, governments and state owned entities, utilities, oil and gas majors, investors and end-users at all stages of the lifecycle of major projects from structuring, procurement, contract administration and claims management during execution of the project and formal dispute resolution procedures including expert determination, adjudication, mediation, litigation and arbitration, as well as risk management on the acquisition or disposal of interests in individual projects or portfolios. The team advises on greenfield and brownfield projects and acquisitions, rights issues for development and construction companies, secondary markets transactions and restructuring and insolvency of distressed projects and portfolios.
Although based in London and primarily supporting the London team, the Knowledge Lawyer will have a global remit, supporting and working with practitioners across the firm on these areas of focus—most notably in the UAE and Continental Europe. The US is also a key area of focus.
Supporting the development of the practice both internally and externally will be at the heart of the Knowledge Lawyer’s role. The Knowledge Lawyer will work closely with the leaders of this area of the practice and the senior lawyers within the team to help shape the future of the practice.
In particular, the Knowledge lawyer will work closely with the leadership of the Major Projects Imitative (MPI). MPI draws on expertise across practices and offices bringing together the services provided by the firm at all stages in the life-cycle of a major project from inception to dispute management. The Knowledge lawyer will work with the MPI Steering Group (which involves partners across offices/practices) on business planning and strategic direction for MPI. He/she will support delivery of the business plan through horizon scanning, creating client-facing know-how products and thought leadership, including coordinating input from other specialists within the firm that are relevant to MPI. A strong collaborative approach and understanding of the various risks that could arise throughout the life-cycle of a major project is a key aspect of this role and it will require engagement with lawyers across the firm’s various practice groups to develop client facing initiatives for MPI.
There is a strong external-facing aspect to this role, by identifying opportunities for client-facing Knowledge, contributing to client conversations, networking with external bodies and producing thought leadership pieces etc. As such, the Knowledge Lawyer should have a good understanding of major projects and the issues that can arise and have a strong interest in the sector.
The Knowledge Lawyer will also support the delivery and ongoing development of our legal services through know-how products, training, and by acting as an internal advisor to our fee-earners. The role of the Knowledge Lawyer is to help develop the practice, maximise efficiency and minimise risk in line with business priorities.
He/she will be one of a team of Knowledge Lawyers and other Knowledge professionals in the Global Dispute Resolution practice. The team is led by (and the Knowledge Lawyer will report to) the Global Head of Knowledge for Global Dispute Resolution.
As well as working with fee-earners and others within Knowledge in other practice groups, Knowledge Lawyers are also expected to work closely with others in Business Services to support the practice (for example with colleagues in marketing and business development, innovation and continuous improvement, and learning and development etc.).
This role is offered on a part-time basis (60%) and there is flexibility in the working patterns for this role. There is a lot of scope for the individual to develop this role and work with a high degree of autonomy – whilst being part of a team, working with a network of fee earners and within closely integrated Knowledge and business services teams.
Experience and Qualifications
Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background.
A high level of relevant successful experience working as a lawyer. Demonstrable experience of advising on major projects -  for example construction, engineering, energy or infrastructure projects and/or major government funded projects.
The candidate should have a strong willingness to continue to learn and develop their commercial and legal understanding of contentious and non-contentious issues relating to major projects.
Business Alignment
  • To understand the business agenda of the practice group and the firm, and ensure work output is appropriately aligned with business strategy and gives a sufficient return on investment.
  • To keep up to date on what is happening within the market for major projects and help relevant fee earners, including the MPI steering group, identify and pursue business opportunities and raise profile.
  • To help drive innovation in the delivery of our advice and legal services.
  • To play a key role in developing and, where appropriate, delivering, client training, with the opportunity for the Knowledge Lawyer to build his/her own client relationships and promote the market leading position and technical expertise of the Global Dispute Resolution practice in the relevant areas.
  • To collaborate with Knowledge and other colleagues on MPI and related client-facing initiatives. To coach and help others within the team, including more junior members of the Knowledge team and more junior fee-earners.
  • To act as a leader, pulling together ad hoc teams and driving the delivery of key Knowledge and business development projects—including other practice groups working on MPI.
  • To have a global outlook, and to share information across the firm as appropriate, always considering whether a relevant issue has an impact outside of the London practice, and collaborating with network colleagues as necessary.
  • To prepare client knowledge products, in each case demonstrating the team’s leading edge technical capability and market awareness.
Internal Advisory and Development
  • To act as an internal advisor/consultant to fee-earners working, particularly supporting junior lawyers in developing their expertise and understanding of major projects.
  • To deliver and contribute to internal training sessions. 
Knowledge Management
  • To take an innovative and continuous improvement approach to the management of Knowledge.
  • To monitor proactively key legal and market developments and disseminate to relevant fee earners globally, identifying opportunities for the MPI group.
  • To create and update resources for fee-earners and to identify areas for continuous process improvement in the delivery of legal services in the relevant areas.
  • To enhance internal Knowledge resources (directly or overseeing others in doing so), engaging fee earners and encouraging competence in the use of Knowledge systems and resources.
  • To work effectively across, as well as within, Global Dispute Resolution and the other practice groups relevant to MPI, to coordinate work, minimise duplication, manage risk, share practical tips and ensure that work product is optimised.
The Individual
The candidate will:
  • Have a very sound knowledge of law and market practice in the field of major projects – contentious and non-contentious.
  • Have a strong interest and good understanding of the law as it relates to major projects (for example construction, infrastructure, energy and/or other government funded projects).
  • Understand the regulatory, legal and commercial challenges companies face when delivering major projects and the innovations impacting on their work.
  • Be a self-starter with the aspiration and commitment to continuously acquire, build on and share knowledge, able to act as a Knowledge champion and a role model.
  • Be willing and able to act as a leader and take ownership of projects and drive them forward.
  • Have a strong technology skill-set and an approach that fosters innovation.
  • Have excellent oral communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Show strong written communication skills in legal drafting and when writing in other styles, and the ability to judge content, style and tone for written work as appropriate to the audience.
  • Be a team player who builds effective relationships at all levels, recognised and respected by partners and other fee earners and by other Knowledge team members
  • Take a highly collaborative approach when working with others.
  • Be able to effectively mentor, and delegate to, others - including Knowledge Assistants and others within the Knowledge team. 
  • Have a ‘growth mind-set’ and be willing to continue to learn about risk issues for the relevant sectors.
  • Have sound judgment, and be able to establish a high level of credibility with colleagues and external stakeholders. The candidate will have the ability to act as a sounding board for fee earners, capable of identifying the key elements of complex problems, directing fee earners to appropriate legal or market source materials, and considering the practical nature of advice when proposing a solution, including the risks. He/ she will be able to support fee earners in their decision-making process on challenging issues, participating confidently in the analysis as a trusted adviser.
  • Have strong networking skills and the ability to create and maintain relationships both internally and externally, fostering relationships with external bodies and identifying opportunities for collaboration.
Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background. All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing. Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.
Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made. A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer: we make decisions on a case by case basis and take a number of factors into account (eg the role you are applying for and the circumstances of the offence). You would have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision.


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:Feb 19, 2020, 5:54:55 PM