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Knowledge Lawyer (m/w/x) Global DR - ESG Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with deep expertise in disputes and contentious issues and strong exposure to Sustainability risk issues to join the Global ESG team within our dispute resolution practice and our valued global Knowledge function.

Working with leading practitioners in considering cutting edge legal issues, the successful candidate will work in an international and diverse team, in an inclusive environment, directly contributing to the firm’s client and people strategies in a growing part of the business.

By drawing on our experience across our global dispute resolution practice, our global DR ESG group provides strategic legal advice to clients on a raft of environmental, climate, and business and human rights issues, from compliance with laws and regulations and responding to regulatory scrutiny to representing them in some of the highest-profile ESG-linked lawsuits in the world.

Role summary/purpose of job

The Knowledge Lawyer will bring deep expertise and a willingness and ability to continue to develop in this space, with a view to:

  • enabling the firm to provide market-leading client service: eg tracking and sharing updates and analysis on key developments, adopting a commercially-minded and practical approach to such analysis to help our lawyers understand the impacts for clients and our work, and working closely with lawyers in the practice and other Knowledge colleagues to share relevant insights from client matters.
  • helping grow the business of the firm: the Knowledge lawyer will help raise the profile of the practice and strengthen client relationships by identifying opportunities for, and developing, client content, and contributing to reputation-enhancing publications and client conversations and education; and
  • Developing the legal skills of the lawyers in the practice: through internal training and by acting as a sounding board for legal queries, in each case upskilling our lawyers in this continually developing area of the law.

The Knowledge Lawyer will be welcomed into the wider Knowledge community, made up of Knowledge Lawyers and other Knowledge & Information Services colleagues, led by the firm’s Co-Chief Knowledge Officers who focus on creating the framework for career satisfaction, high performance and excellence by fostering a supportive, inclusive, innovative, collaborative and purpose-driven culture across the function.

There will be an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers across jurisdictions and work closely with colleagues with other specialisms eg, marketing and business development, innovation and learning and development.

Key responsibilities

Enabling the firm’s lawyers to provide market-leading client service

  • Monitor key legal developments and disseminate to lawyers in the practice – always considering the impact on internal knowledge products, profile raising and business development potential
  • Work with partners and other senior stakeholders to develop house views & develop and update internal knowledge products (eg guidance notes or checklists)
  • Capture insights from client mandates, able to draw out trends and themes and share internally, and reflect them as needed in internal knowledge products or internal training.

Helping grow the business of the firm and strengthen client relationships

  • Keep up to date on what is happening in the relevant area of law, monitoring trends across jurisdictions and help relevant stakeholders identify and pursue business opportunities and raise profile in accordance with the firm’s strategy and priorities – including fostering their own internal and external networks.
  • Drive the practice’s approach to the market by identifying opportunities for client-facing knowledge products and thought leadership, writing blogs, briefings and other client content, and contributing to larger publications and articles, in all cases demonstrating the practice’s leading-edge legal technical capability and market awareness. Taking a cross-border approach and writing for an international audience.
  • Play a key role in client relationships by developing and, where appropriate, delivering, client training, seminars and talking points.

Developing the legal skills of the firm’s lawyers

  • Act as an internal advisor/consultant to lawyers working in the practice, understanding the developments and acting as a trusted sounding board on complex points.
  • Working with other colleagues, to design, deliver and contribute (and to engage lawyers in the practice at all levels in delivering and contributing) to relevant training sessions.

International outlook and wider role

  • Have an international outlook and share information and connect with colleagues as necessary.
  • Build relationships and networks within the Knowledge function and across the practice
  • Work with other Knowledge colleagues to coordinate work, minimise duplication, manage risk, share practical tips and ensure that work product is optimised.


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