Professional Support Lawyer - Multiple Practice Areas
Posted on Mar 16, 2019 by DLA Piper
As a Professional Support Lawyer you are responsible for supporting partners and lawyers in the maintenance of the standard documents and know-how in the office. You will also be expected to be heavily involved in any other quality initiative driven by either the local office or internationally.
Furthermore, you will be responsible for providing legal and administrative support to Partners and Associates in our Paris office. You will assist fee earners to undertake tasks in a timely and effective manner. As this is based in France it is essential that candidates have a good understanding of French law.
This role will be an excellent opportunity for a Professional Support Lawyer or Paralegal to join a busy and dynamic practice, working on a variety of files with high profile clients.
If this sounds like you, apply with a cover letter in French and your CV.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage the group's standard documents, making sure they are kept up-to-date and remain legally accurate, relevant and reflect best market practice
Develop new standard documents needed by the group
Encourage usage and seek feedback on the group's standard documents
Review, analyse and report on usage on a regular basis, and advise the group's partners on action to be taken to improve usage or address misuse
Act as the first point of contact for fee earners in the group for queries regarding the firm's standard documents
Liaise with Knowledge Development Lawyers locally and internationally as needed to resolve queries, share best practice and ensure consistency between the firm's standard documents generally
Establish and maintain the group's collection of know-how, encouraging and driving contributions from fee earners and facilitating the retrieval and sharing of know-how within the group
Identify, design and deliver training curriculum to meet training needs of the group
Conduct complex legal research to support the groups partners and lawyers; ensuring fee earners in the group are aware of legal, regulatory and commercial developments
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Ideally obtained a Master's degree in law
Proven track record as a lawyer in a specialist area
Native French speaker with an excellent command of English (verbal and written)
Able to anticipate problems and recommend/implement contingency plans
Investigative - respond adequately to challenges by exhausting all resources
Resourceful - able to think creatively and provide best practice solutions
Guidance - able to empower others with the right information to enable them to make informed decisions and take action
Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and managing complexity
Problem solver - comfortable of managing projects
Working collaboratively across functions and geographies
Self-sufficient, self-starter, responsive and proactive
Good relationship management and interpersonal skills
Detail oriented - consistently producing high quality work
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