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Job Title: Professional Support Lawyer - International Arbitration
Herbert Smith LLP (Herbert Smith) Job Specification

Job Title: Professional Support Lawyer
Practice area/ Department: Dispute Resolution - International Arbitration
Office: London
Salary: Market Rate
Closing date: 15 November 2011

The Role
• Providing critical analysis and insights into new legal developments that show the practice area’s leading-edge technical capability to clients and the market.
• Guiding on complex technical client problems and building a reputation for expertise and good judgement in advising on a range of specialist issues.
• Monitoring developments of law and practice. Overseeing and giving direction to the maintenance of the library and legal know how materials. Collecting precedents and other know-how from the group. Disseminating information/knowledge to the practice in an effective, interesting and pro-active way. Herbert Smith has an integrated global arbitration practice and part of this role is ensuring know how is shared across offices.
• Assisting business development initiatives (including preparing e-bulletins/client briefings etc.). Writing client briefings relating to developments in the law and practice in the area and sending newsflashes to clients by e-mail as appropriate. Assisting in setting up and drafting materials for client seminars. Contributing to know-how produced for the external market such as articles and chapters for books that help to build a strong market profile for the practice area.
• Dealing with fee earner enquiries. Answering queries relating to the information maintained and new and complex areas of the law – these could be from anyone in the practice area or the wider firm.
• Providing support to practice areas other than their own in responding to the implications of new legal and practical developments, whether by way of documentation or training.
• Drafting model forms. All model forms need to be kept up-to-date to reflect changes in law/practice. Working with partners to achieve excellence in documentation.
• Participating in training on developments in the law and practice. Assisting in preparation of the course materials both for attendees and for the presenters of "in-house" education. The Professional Development team provides support in this role.

Flexible working

• Although we are primarily searching for a candidate to work on a part-time basis, full-time applications are also welcomed.

Qualifications required

• We would expect the successful candidate to have at least two years experience working in an international law firm as well as experience of international arbitration. An academic qualification in international arbitration or public international law would also be an advantage. Those with less experience will also be considered providing they meet the required competencies.

• Academic excellence is essential for all positions within Herbert Smith. We would
always expect at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent). All applications should include full academic details including grades, subjects and transcripts where appropriate

• Fluency in spoken and written English
Job Details
Job Ref: 10-13376-LON
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time
Location: London
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: Market Rate
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