Knowledge Lawyer - Rural Property

Professional Support Lawyer - London, United Kingdom

Ref: 243Friday 14 January 2022

Competitive salary and flexible working

Knowledge Lawyer - Rural Property

The Property department is looking to increase the knowledge and learning support provided across each of its three practice areas: Commercial; Residential and Rural.  The support has been provided by two Knowledge Lawyers and the intention is to have one specialist Knowledge Lawyer for each practice area. The three Knowledge Lawyers will provide specialist support for their respective practice area whilst collaborating closely with each other to ensure that all knowledge and learning requirements are covered and that there is consistency across the department.

We are looking for an experienced rural property knowledge lawyer or a senior rural property lawyer who is keen to move into a knowledge role, to provide professional and technical legal support to fee earners and clients. 

This role is open to flexible working and potentially a 0.8 working arrangement.

Responsibilities

The role will involve working with the Rural Knowledge Partner and the other Property Knowledge Lawyers as necessary.

We are looking for someone who will be able to work dynamically to provide tailored knowledge support in line with the changing needs of the team and market.  The role would include the following responsibilities.

Standard Forms and Precedents

  • Improve and maintain (and, where relevant, develop) the specialist precedents, standard form documents and example documents relevant to the Rural team.
  • Work alongside the other Knowledge Lawyers in the department where precedents and guidance etc might be of wider relevance and application.
  • Develop and maintain related guidance notes.
  • Keep precedents, example and standard form documents and guidance notes up to date, including ensuring that the relevant section of the intranet and knowledge database is maintained and kept up to date.
  • To assist with and, where required, undertake compliance related work liaising with the firm’s Risk & Compliance department as necessary.

Resources, tools and systems

  • Ensure fee earners’ knowledge of the KM content and systems is up to date and manage and promote the use of those systems accordingly.
  • Consider, and if appropriate, assist to implement any additional tools, technology solutions or platforms which might assist the fee earners.
  • Work with the Library to ensure that the Property department has access to the legal information resources it needs, inputting into the Research Resources budgeting process as required.
  • Update and expand the Property department’s information and specialist Rural know how material available on the intranet and the firm’s know how database.
  • Maintain and develop client know how extranets for existing and, where appropriate, new clients.

Know How and Marketing

  • Provide a support base for the fee earners and encourage the sharing of knowledge within the team, department and firm, including the mentoring of more junior fee earners where required.  Deal with specific queries when they arise.
  • Keep the team up to date with the latest developments (including legislative and case law developments and the progress of draft legislation). In particular, work with partners to keep abreast of changing regulations relating to farm subsidy over the Agricultural Transition Period and the development of Environmental Land Management Schemes
  • Keep up to date on financial, economic and market forces which might apply and have relevance to the work and business of the Rural team and wider department.
  • Work with Rural partners and the Marketing team to edit and publish the highly-regarded Rural Property Newsletter
  • Write periodic bulletins for circulation to intermediaries and clients.
  • Where required, provide ad hoc advice to and/or present to clients.
  • Be fully conversant with the department’s (and firm’s) BD strategy and business plan and actively work with the relevant BD Managers in meeting the objectives of the plans.
  • Work with team members to write articles for publication and liaise with and build contacts with the editorial teams of relevant publications where possible.
  • Coordinate matter debriefs within the team where appropriate.
  • As appropriate, actively examine and promote the use of technology to improve the team’s client service and business development.
  • If of benefit to the Rural team, play an active part in the relevant Knowledge Lawyer network (APSL), liaising with key Knowledge Lawyers in the field and assessing viability of relevant developments.

Training and Seminars

  • Liaise with Knowledge Learning & Development in connection with the firm-wide provision of training to ensure the needs of the Rural team and department are met.
  • Design, organise (and where necessary deliver) internal training programmes (including trainee training and specialist rural property training as well as training for the whole property department), including organising external speakers where appropriate.
  • Work with team members to plan and deliver seminars to intermediaries/clients and/or similar events.
  • Liaise with the Knowledge Partner to prepare and manage the team training budget in conjunction with KL&D.
  • Provide input and leadership to the induction training of trainees and other new joiners to the team.
  • Liaise with other Knowledge Lawyers and wider knowledge community within the firm to ensure the team shares and gains best practice and, in particular, operates effectively on a departmental level. Attend internal monthly Knowledge Forum meetings.

Skills and Experience

  • Legal Drafting
  • Word and PowerPoint.
  • Intranet/extranet content management and editing.
  • KM systems/knowledge databases.
  • Online research resources.
  • Laserform/electronic forms software.
  • Experience of Land Registry and SearchFlow.

Person Specification

  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Strong academic background.
  • Proactive in seeking out thought-leadership ideas, whether to improve ways of working or as regards to business development initiatives.
  • Self-starting approach to tasks and projects and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills – an ability to interact with people at all levels.
  • Good communication and project management skills, including an ability to persuade, present and write precisely.
  • Research skills (using hard and online source materials).

Education and Qualifications

  • Sound relevant experience gained within a respected rural property team.
  • The successful candidate is likely to have at least 7 years PQE experience.
  • Knowledge Lawyer experience helpful but not essential.