This is an opportunity for a person with a high level understanding of competition law; strong powers of analysis and good communication skills to take a thought leadership role in the global competition community working with our global competition team and clients who include some of the world's leading businesses.
Knowledge plays a critical strategic role at Norton Rose Fulbright, ensuring that every client in every matter benefits from the collective knowledge and experience of the whole organisation. Senior management are committed to the vision of making the contributing and sharing of knowledge a core part of the firm's culture and every person in it, in the belief that how we use our knowledge is key to business growth and client care
The Antitrust and Competition team are seeking a Knowledge Assistant (Legal) to join their highly regarded competition practice in London. Our aim is to develop innovative ideas and analysis and present this to clients and others in a user-friendly and accessible context. The ideal candidate will be well versed across a broad spread of EU and UK Competition law, have an interest in the global competition law framework, and will have studied at a reputable university and completed postgraduate studies in this area.
You will play a key role in researching and identifying global developments in competition law and in developing thought provoking materials which demonstrate not only a solid understanding of the relevant law but also your ability to think commercially and to identify risks and opportunities arising as a result of these developments. You must have a high level of insight into competition law, be an excellent communicator, a team player and somebody with lots of energy and commitment. This role will suit a highly organised person who has strong analytical skills and an ability to translate that analysis into a commercial context. You should be able to efficiently manage a varied workload. The Knowledge Assistant (Legal) will report to the Senior Knowledge Lawyer in the Antitrust and Competition team.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer in developing and maintaining client-facing knowledge materials (e.g. our Global Antitrust Riskmap, Let's talk antitrust videos and Competition Hub).
To identify key developments in competition law and carry out research as required by the Senior Knowledge Lawyer.
To draft clear articles and other materials based on your research which demonstrate thought leadership and identify relevant risks and opportunities for companies in complying with competition law.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer in providing comprehensive knowledge and training support to fee-earners.
To assist fee-earners to identify appropriate resources to answer queries; referring queries to the Senior Knowledge Lawyer where appropriate; and generally promoting fee-earner use and awareness of available resources.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer to develop and manage the Antitrust and Competition intranet sites and other electronic tools.
To gather and load knowledge onto the electronic knowledge management system; updating the system as required.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer to manage the antitrust and competition knowledge collection, including indexing, organising, categorising, assigning keywords, auditing and maintaining the collection, and facilitating fee-earner access to online resources.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer in preparing Antitrust and Competition team submissions to leading legal directories.
To participate in knowledge meetings as required with the Antitrust and Competition Knowledge team and the Central Knowledge team in London.
To provide data to the Senior Knowledge Lawyer to assist them to prepare various management reports.
To work with the Senior Knowledge Lawyer to facilitate knowledge document processing in an efficient manner, following Norton Rose Fulbright house style and recording relevant data.
To help manage the knowledge investment hours process and assist in preparing the Antitrust and Competition Knowledge plan.
To assist the Senior Knowledge Lawyer in preparations for the Annual Antitrust and Competition Knowledge Day including drafting and collating materials and helping to organise the event.
To work flexibly and proactively in the interests of the team.
To undertake administrative duties as may be required.
To undertake any other reasonable duties as may be requested.
Skills and Experience Required
Educated to degree or equivalent level
Good working knowledge of legal documents
Experience working with complex legal documentsDesirable skills and experience
Postgraduate study of competition law
Experience of working in a professional services environment
Experience of working with a knowledge document management system on an intranet
Advanced training in Microsoft Office suite of applications, in particular MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook, PowerPoint and also Adobe Professional
Competency using Front Page or other web authoring tools
Experience of conducting legal research
Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to translate legalease into a user-friendly format.
Strong intellectual and analytical ability
High level of attention to detail.
Initiative and flexibility in adapting to changing work environments.
Strong client focus and demonstrated commitment to outstanding service delivery.
Strong organisational and time management skills, with the ability to work either autonomously, co-operatively or with direction.
Commitment to continuous improvement in work processes; ability to suggest improvements and new methods where appropriate.
Understanding of database management, organisation and search techniques.
Ability to interpret document user needs, to analyse information and then identify document management solutions.
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