Senior PSL - EMEA Corporate Group

Baker & McKenzie
South East England
04 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time


Knowledge Management ("KM") / Global Services / Group


Flexible (regular travel required throughout EMEA)

Reports to:

Directors of Knowledge Management for M&A and PE ("DKMs") who will work closely with the Practice Group Leader and Steering Committee to ensure priorities and objectives are set in line with the needs of the group

Key Relationships:

Chair and Steering Committee ("SC") of the Group
Regional and Sub-practice Chairs and Steering Committees of the Group
Director of Practice Operations for the Group
Business Development ("BD") team for the Group, including a Senior BD Manager and one or more BD Coordinators
Firm-wide KM Community

Group Background:

Baker & McKenzie's EMEA Corporate Group lawyers advise and help clients navigate M&A and PE specific issues around the world. Globally the more than 1,300 M&A and PE lawyers work collaboratively across 77 offices, enabling them to quickly bring the right talent to every issue and to provide sound advice on high-stakes M&A and PE transactions. The EMEA Corporate Group is among the leading corporate lawyers in the more than 26 jurisdictions in which it has a corporate practice. The EMEA Corporate Group's local legal and business knowledge, combined with its global understanding of M&A and PE transactions, makes it the go-to legal team for many of the world's leading companies.


To manage and execute legal content projects, training and knowledge initiatives with and for the Group and as directed by the SC, in coordination with DKMs. The key area of focus is to make first-class knowhow, including training, easily available to the Group's lawyers across offices in the region with the aim of increasing the quality, consistency and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that the Firm gives to its clients.

Exerience and Skills Required:

Current license to practice law (or eligibility for one)
At least 6 years' relevant post qualification experience
First class drafting and communication skills
Experience developing, delivering and coordinating training
Experience and understanding of KM strategy and implementation
Experience in an international environment and ability to understand and work with teams across different cultures and jurisdictions
A high degree of competence in Microsoft Word and other relevant software products (e.g., MS Powerpoint & Excel, document management systems and databases) is desirable

Key Responsibilities:

KM Strategy

Help implement and communicate the KM strategy for the Group which aligns with the Group's business goals and the Global KM strategy
Support the DKMs in the implementation of the Global KM strategy and participate in Global KM projects and initiatives as and when required
Advise the DKMs on KM issues and strategy as required and work with the DKMs to prioritize projects
Help bring efficiencies to the Group's practice of law, e.g., help develop project management processes to improve the Group's ability to service its clients efficiently and in a cost-effective manner

Legal KnowHow

Assist with the collection, drafting, maintenance and updating of the Group's knowhow, particularly its standard form precedents, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that a comprehensive set of first-class knowhow materials is accessible to all lawyers in the Group
Contribute to the Group's KM pages on the Firm's intranet and other knowhow repositories, ensuring they are in line with Firm standards, structured in an accessible way and kept up to date
Support the DKMs with the design and implementation of a core training curriculum for the Group, seeking lawyer feedback to guide core training curriculum topics and programs
Help ensure accessibility of high-quality training materials for each topic in the core training curriculum by developing, coordinating, preparing, delivering and capturing training (using internet-based solutions where appropriate)
Assist lawyers with preparation of materials for internal and external training events

Relationship Building

Develop relationships with lawyers who have expertise relevant to the Group, building communities of interest and facilitating the sharing of quality knowhow and expertise.
Respond to queries from lawyers, be available to act as a 'sounding board' and track queries to identify knowhow and training needs
Introduce lawyers joining the Group to the Firm's and Group's KM resources
Debrief, where possible, lawyers leaving the Group to ensure an orderly transfer of knowledge and to collect feedback
Firm-Wide KM Community:
Mentor other PSLs supporting the Group
Participate in Firm-wide KM community initiatives within the Group globally, encouraging all KM staff with an interest in the Group's work to be in regular contact with each other and to share knowledge needs and priorities. Follow and encourage global practices and standards and provide input, guidance and training where necessary
Collaborate closely with PSLs supporting other practice/industry groups, sharing best practices with them and learning from them in order to encourage alignment of the Group's KM plans and objectives with those of other groups and knowledge sharing.
Help establish a knowledge-sharing culture within the Firm and the Group in particular through focused communications to publicize the benefits of KM
Help develop and promote the Firm's KM systems, such as the legal knowhow search system, within the Group and liaise with users to gather feedback

Current Awareness and Thought Leadership

Research, monitor, analyze and inform the Group of legal and industry developments and trends, articulating how they will affect the Group's practice and its clients
Draft and coordinate current awareness updates, client alerts and other publications
Coordinate global surveys and update the legal content in the Group's global publications as applicable
Identify key legal developments and "hot topics" that provide an opportunity to showcase the Firm's expertise and insight via client alerts, brochures, pitches, webinars, seminars, article submissions, opportunities to pitch to the press and other client-facing collateral; provide the legal research and legal technical content needed to produce such products
Assist with the Group's efforts to find innovative ways of using its knowhow to add value to key client relationships by providing timely material to facilitate frequent interactions with clients


Work and Approach

Consistently produces work of an outstanding quality
Effectively prioritizes and manages own time
Highly developed organizational ability, sound judgment and attention to detail
Is self-initiating and takes a pro-active approach towards projects; seeks direction and advice as needed but is also prepared to take ownership and progress tasks independently
Willingness to travel to key meetings of the Group
Able to work under pressure and remain focused
Leverages available resources
Interested in the law, KM and the use of technology in effective knowledge sharing


Responds promptly to firm-wide requests for work product, expertise, training materials and other information
Able to communicate (written and verbal) effectively and clearly in a multi-cultural environment
Builds credibility and strong relationships with stakeholder


Works well in a virtual team setting
Works effectively within a large, matrix organizational structure with multiple reporting lines to accomplish organizational goals
Contributes to discussion and accepts the consensus
Understands and promotes connections between other practice/industry groups, BD, Global Information Services, Global Services Belfast, Global Services Manila, library services, Talent Management and other departments

The Firm

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In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker & McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. More than any other firm we can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of one of the world's leading law firms but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2014: Ranked 3rd Most Innovative Firm in Europe
The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15: currently ranked 80th
Chambers Global 2015: More lawyer and practice group rankings than any other firm globally
The Lawyer European Awards 2015: International Firm of the Year
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