||Professional Support Lawyer
||Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow
|Hours of work:
The position is full time equivalent. We would be open to recruiting a single full time PSL or to the position being shared by two solicitors on a part time basis.
||General Counsel Partner
Working as a senior and experienced PSL in the Property division, this role will be responsible for all knowledge management aspects of Scottish commercial property. The role will encompass both knowledge management for the property fee earners, as well as an external client and market facing role.
The internal facing role will encompass all training needs, principally arranging and, where appropriate, leading training at trainee, junior assistant and full division level; ensuring that the lawyers are kept up to date with all relevant legal developments; undertaking bespoke research tasks for transactional and non-transaction matters and drafting and maintaining the precedents required by the division.
The role will also involve some firm-wide training of the trainees as part of our PEAT 2 programme. It will also involve working with the other PSLs in the firm to ensure sharing of information as required by other divisions, as well as consistency of knowledge and excellence throughout the firm.
This role will also require the PSL, working with the head of the Property division, to take the lead in client and market facing knowledge management initiatives, including writing blogs and articles, presenting at conferences and advising on relevant law reform.
The PSL should be perceived as a valuable resource providing technical excellence in all knowledge management aspects of Scottish commercial property.
This role is focussed on Scottish commercial property but some knowledge management assistance will be required for the English commercial property team. Knowledge and experience of English commercial property would be an advantage but not essential.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Precedents, Styles & Documents
Produce, update and maintain precedents (reflecting the PSG styles, as applicable), client advice notes and guidance notes relevant to the Property division for the firm’s knowledge management system (Kman).
Ensure that the Property Kman section is structured and managed in an appropriate and helpful way for fee earners to access the information and that all documents comply with the firm’s house style.
Capture relevant know-how from the fee earners, and share with the rest of the division and firm, as appropriate, including drafting into Kman documents or dissemination in training.
Encourage and facilitate the sharing of Know-how throughout the Property division.
Be responsible for developing the knowledge management aspects of the Property page of The Hub, the firm’s intranet.
Legal Knowledge and Training
Create, implement and supervise the Property division’s internal training programmes, including division wide-training, training for junior assistants and training for trainees. This will involve identifying training needs, delivering sessions personally and co-ordinating speakers for other sessions.
Ensure that the Property division members are kept fully up-to-date with all relevant developments in the law. The role will be to act as a filter of the various sources of law, bringing to the attention of team members key developments and collating these in a format which will thereafter be readily accessible.
Deliver information to the Property division with added value/analysis of its relevance to their practice.
Provision of assistance and guidance to fee earners for high level technical queries.
Working with the library coordinator, ensure that the library budget is spent on the most relevant and helpful resources for the division.
Identify any appropriate external training courses for fee-earners, managing the division’s budget for such courses and providing the authorisation for members of the division to attend.
Co-ordinate and organise the Property & Infrastructure department’s annual training event’s schedule of training and activities, in conjunction with the other PSLs in the department.
Client and market KM
Forward plan, identify and draft (or assist others in the team to draft) a programme of articles and blogs on property issues of relevance or interest to clients and the wider Scottish commercial property market.
Prepare and deliver training to key clients of the firm, either as part of firm training initiatives or on an individual basis for a particular client.
Identify opportunities to present at appropriate conferences and events and either present personally or assist others in the division to do so.
Input into Scots law reform on relevant topics and where it is in the firm’s interest to do so (such as Scots Law Commission proposals).
Attend and participate in regular meetings with the PSL team to discuss and implement current initiatives and support the firm-wide knowledge management needs.
Work collaboratively with the PSLs in other divisions to ensure the sharing of relevant legal knowledge cross-divisions, provide training to other divisions in Property matters (as required), ensure consistency of knowledge and systems and promote a knowledge management culture of excellence throughout the firm.
Assist the General Counsel Partner with the preparation and delivery of certain sessions under the firm’s PEAT 2 training licence for trainees.
Assist the General Counsel Partner with the preparation and delivery of training events for in- house counsel of key clients.
Engage and meet regularly with property PSLs in other firms with a view to sharing knowledge and agreeing standard protocols with other firms.
Build and maintain a good relationship with colleagues and superiors throughout the firm, but most particularly those in the Property division and the PSL team.
Ask for help and advice where appropriate.
Encourage colleagues to ask for help and advice where appropriate.
Comply with the firm’s health & safety policy at all times, taking on board as an employee your duty of care in the work place.
This job specification is written as an indication of the nature and scope of duties and responsibilities. It is not intended as a fully descriptive or definitive list and job holders will be expected to carry out other duties assigned which are appropriate to the position. The duties as described may be altered as necessary by the firm.
If you have any questions please contact Michelle.Scott@burnesspaull.com