Commercial Knowledge Lawyer

The role will complement the existing knowledge function and excellent knowledge culture across our UK offices....

We are looking for an additional Knowledge Lawyer (KL/PSL) to join our highly regarded Commercial team. The successful individual will provide a high quality knowledge service to Commercial and the wider firm, and have an interest in data and related areas.

The role will be based at any of our UK offices and is intended to be full-time, but we are very happy to consider applicants looking to work 4 days a week.

This is a new role, within an established knowledge team, arising out of the success and growth of the firm and its future vision. It is a fantastic opportunity to join an experienced and well-respected team of market-leaders in their areas of expertise.

The opportunity

Knowledge is at the heart of Osborne Clarke’s strategy, and the individual will be a key member of an innovative, market-leading and purposeful Knowledge team.

The principal aim of this role is to provide dynamic, technically excellent and business-focused support to the Commercial team and wider firm, implementing best practice professional support within a fast-growing part of our business. The role will complement the existing knowledge function and excellent knowledge culture across our UK offices.

The individual will work closely with the existing Commercial Knowledge Lawyer, the Digital Transformations Knowledge Lawyer, the Commercial Partners and other members of the knowledge team.

The individual will also work closely with Business Development professionals and Partners in other parts of the firm to support business development and CRM activities.

Our Commercial team

The UK Commercial team consists of 12 partners and 45 other fee earners across our London, Reading and Bristol offices. The UK team also works closely with our Osborne Clarke offices around the world.

We have considerable expertise in a range of chosen sectors: energy & utilities, life sciences, transport & automotive, financial services, real estate & infrastructure, retail, and tech, media & comms.

Within the TMC sector, our premier client base includes the likes of Microsoft, Vodafone, Freeview Connected, Deutsche Telekom, the BBC, Virgin Media, YouTube, ThomsonReuters, BT Vision, Facebook, Channel 4, Oath and Expedia. Household name clients across our other sectors include Centrica, KPMG, Marks & Spencer, Mulberry and Siemens.

We advise clients in the following core service lines: advertising, marketing and sponsorship, data privacy, digital media, telecoms, commercial transactions, consumer protection, outsourcing, IT, intellectual property strategy and transactions, and non-contentious regulatory advice.

Alongside our work for clients in traditional industries and sectors, in conjunction with Partners in other parts of the business we provide advice across our chosen sectors on emerging and disruptive technologies such as: AI, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Livestreaming, direct to consumer business models, Blockchain, Internet of Things, 3D/4D printing, Autonomous Vehicles, Biometrics, 5G, eBusiness, Quantum computing, Robotics and Drones.

Key responsibilities

The key responsibilities for this role will be:

  • Work alongside our existing Commercial Knowledge Lawyer to keep the Commercial team, lawyers in other parts of the business and sector teams up-to-date on legal and regulatory change across the Commercial team’s core service lines and on the Commercial law aspects of emerging and disruptive technologies.
  • In conjunction with the existing Commercial Knowledge Lawyer and the Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer, organise the delivery of a legal training programme and organise and deliver training, as appropriate, to the Commercial team and the wider firm.
  • In conjunction with the existing Commercial Knowledge Lawyer, organise know-how sharing, including collecting and storing external and internal know-how.
  • In conjunction with the existing Commercial Knowledge Lawyer, develop and maintain an up-to-date and technically excellent collection of Commercial precedent documents, following an assessment of fee earner needs.
  • In conjunction with our Commercial Knowledge Lawyer and Digital Transformations Knowledge Lawyer, assist in the preparation of client seminars and client workshops and speak at such seminars and sessions.
  • In conjunction with the Commercial Knowledge Lawyer and Digital Transformations Knowledge Lawyer, lead and coordinate the production and delivery of reader-friendly internal updates and client publications.
  • Deal with queries from lawyers across the firm and clients regarding current law and practice.
  • Assist in the development of the Commercial knowledge strategy, in conjunction with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in the implementation of Osborne Clarke’s knowledge strategy.

Given the range of core service lines within Commercial, the expectation is that the focus of this role will be on data and digital regulation aspects, and the successful candidate will be expected to drive forward the above responsibilities in these areas in particular.

Technical skills and experience

We are looking for:

  • A thorough understanding of UK data protection law and its application to real-life business issues as well as a strong theoretical, practical and up-to-date knowledge of law and regulation in at least one of the following areas: Digital media, Digital regulation, Advertising, marketing and sponsorship, Consumer protection, Telecoms.
  • Sound understanding of the interplay between those areas and emerging and disruptive technologies.
  • Due to the technical nature of the work, we are looking for a Senior Associate level qualified fee-earning (or equivalent) lawyer with experience of working in a large commercial law firm, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.
  • Enthusiasm for presenting technical legal and regulatory issues in a clear, approachable and professional way to both our teams and to our clients.
  • A demonstrable interest in client knowledge activities, preferably with prior experience of – and confidence in – presenting to both individual client teams and at seminars and roundtables.
  • Client-orientated approach – both internally and externally; ability to think laterally and to develop ideas in relation to business opportunities and products; appreciation of fee earner needs and constraints; commercially aware.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the Commercial team and for law and regulation generally within a client-focused professional services environment.
  • Proficiency in generating the confidence of others, particularly at Partner and senior Business Services level, and in building the networks required to obtain the buy-in of relevant stakeholders and others, whilst having the flexibility to adapt plans to maintain progress to key goals.
  • Proven problem-solving ability on own initiative, and an appreciation of when to take matters to line managers and to other key relationships.
  • Ability to make decisions and progress work and projects quickly without undue process or over-complication; and confidence in own expertise.
  • An applied understanding of:
    • how technology, including products currently used by large law firms, can be used to drive productivity gains and cost efficiencies;
    • the importance of efficient working processes; and
    • of how to manage, co-ordinate and promote the take-up of these technologies, practices and processes in a legal services context.
  • Excellent and realistic understanding of how knowledge is acquired by the lawyer and client audience, particularly in relation to the use of digital media, and how knowledge is now delivered using online and social media tools.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic and resourceful, pro-active and motivated self-starter with excellent organisational skills; flexible and pragmatic.
  • A strong understanding of how large law firms’ knowledge functions operate and of the wider commercial priorities of a client-focused business.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits .

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications – if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the recruitment team on emily.webb@osborneclarke.com or 0117 917 3072.

At Osborne Clarke we value difference and encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual or romantic orientations. We want everyone to feel that OC is a place where you can be yourself and where you belong, and our range of interest groups and diversity networks – not to mention our great teams – are a part of making that a reality.

We support working families via a range of family and caring friendly policies and will accommodate flexible working where we can. We value the health and wellbeing of our people: for example, we’re signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, have an active network of mental health champions and offer free initiatives and flexible benefits to all our people.

Being an inclusive employer is important to us. We have made a number of external commitments such as the Race Fairness Commitment and Women in Law Pledge, and are working with organisations like Stonewall to become a more inclusive employer.

Osborne Clarke is a Living Wage Employer, so we’re committed to paying everybody in our business enough to live on and to enable them to save for the future.

We want you to be able to show us your best during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to be made during the application, interview process or when working with us, please let us know.