Overview of the firm and function
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a major international law firm, providing business law advice of the highest quality. We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for legal advice where it most matters, wherever in the world that may be. The Firm has over 2,400 lawyers in 28 offices around the world, providing a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.
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. Our culture is a product of the combined mindsets and behaviours of our people which is through the Being Freshfields principles, outlined below:
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.
Freshfields is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds make important and positive contributions to our business and how we service our clients.
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 Transactions practice brings together lawyers specialising in corporate, finance and real estate in a transactional practice group, working collaboratively to provide the best transactional advice to clients.
Freshfields is seeking a Knowledge Lawyer (maternity cover) to support its global securitisation practice and its global derivatives & structured products practice (see Experience and Qualifications below for requirements):
The Knowledge Lawyer will be part of the London Corporate Finance team which, in addition to securitisation and derivatives & structured products, has a focus on debt capital markets, investment grade lending and real estate finance. Although based in London, he/she will deliver leading-edge knowhow to fee-earners globally to maximise efficiency and minimise risk in line with business priorities.
He/she will drive the creation and dissemination of appropriate knowhow products reflecting key legal and market developments, and deliver, develop and enhance the knowledge function in line with the firm's goals. He/she will develop his/her own skills as well as guiding, coaching and motivating others.
In addition to supporting the partners and other fee earners working in the securitisation and derivatives & structured products practices, the Knowledge Lawyer’s role will also be external-facing, identifying opportunities for client-facing knowledge products and producing thought leadership pieces.
He/she will be one of a team of Knowledge Lawyers in Global Transactions, each specialised in a different product area across finance, corporate and real estate. The team is led by (and the Knowledge Lawyer will report to) the Global Head of Knowledge for Global Transactions.
Experience and Qualifications
Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background.
A high level of relevant successful experience either as a fee-earner or a knowledge management lawyer/professional support lawyer (or a combination) in at least one of:
Where a candidate has a background in one of these areas only, he/she will be able to provide some support to the other area with guidance from relevant partners.
The candidate will:
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.
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.
Job Posting:Jun 22, 2021, 5:57:05 PM
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