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Knowledge Counsel

Disputes focussed KM support

The role

The Australian Knowledge Counsel will work as a generalist KM lawyer to provide KM support to the Australian offices. Available to work 2-3 days a week, the right candidate with focus and support Disputes and ideally be located in Melbourne or Sydney.

Key Responsibilities

The role will be varied and may include, but is not limited to, the following areas of responsibility:

  1. Current awareness – responsibility for proactively alerting our lawyers to key changes in the law and practice affecting their work.  Attending/contributing to our lawyers’ industry group team meetings (on invitation) and providing updates on relevant current topics/significant changes in the law. Provide input to firm wide initiatives and publications. 
  2. Knowhow enquiries – available to respond to legal queries from our lawyers in Australia.  Advising our lawyers on the appropriate use of knowhow resources and providing support and guidance with legal research. 
  3. Supporting business development and marketing – working closely with the lawyers in the groups and the marketing department: horizon scanning and identifying topics which can be used to showcase the particular group’s expertise.  Helping with the preparation of articles and content for published client briefings, bulletins, newsletters and information on the website. Work with the regional BD team to provide KM support on pitches, RFQs and panel appointments as required. 
  4. Client facing know How – supporting the firm’s client relationships by preparing and delivering knowhow and training to clients.  Designing client training programmes, preparing materials for and speaking at internal and external seminars/conferences and assisting with other knowhow based client services. Provide KM support for key regional clients (as needed). 
  5. Training and development – working closely with the L&D department and wider KM team, organising and (where appropriate) delivering internal technical training programmes for lawyers across all levels in Australia. Ensure that all relevant training is CPD accredited by the Law Society. Provide KM induction and support to new joiners in Australia. 
  6. Know How – taking responsibility for the collection, dissemination and management of Australian specific KM knowhow and ensuring that it is readily accessible to our lawyers on the firm’s global intranet knowledge database. 
  7. Maintenance of knowledge database – analysis of Australian material, profiling/indexing documents for inclusion in the Knowhow database, reviewing material for currency and promoting the tools to end-users. Updating and expanding Australian Knowhow materials. 
  8. Standard documents / templates – drafting, developing and maintaining necessary standard documents/templates, checklists, practice notes and toolkits (within relevant areas of practice).  Reviewing drafts prepared by others.  
  9. KM tools and resources – reviewing new productivity tools and resources, working with other relevant Business Services teams to ensure that our lawyers have access to the best tools/resources for their practice 
  10. Knowledge Management team – work with the London based sector specialist KCs to highlight and report on local Australian office KM needs/projects for the office/region and provide support for global KM initiatives. Attend KM team meetings remotely (bi-monthly). Work with the wider KM team to contribute to delivery of the firm’s KM strategy and encourage the use of best practice. Share and promote KM within the firm and identify ways in which developments/innovations can best be communicated internally and externally. 

Desired Skills and Experience

If you are a qualified lawyer with disputes legal experience (ideally from Australia) and a desire to support Knowledge Management across multiple offices and sector areas, this could be the right role for you.  You will also need:

  • Track record of high quality fee earning experience (transactional) gained in-house or, ideally, within a global law firm;
  • Previous experience working as a PSL/KC, or the ability to demonstrate an active involvement in KM initiatives whilst a fee earner;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Keen interest in business development, marketing, professional training and development;
  • Project management skills, and ability to motivate and influence others to achieve goals;
  • Self-motivated and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate confidently at all levels;
  • Good working knowledge of the main IT packages; familiarity with intranets and internet, and a process driven approach to matter management;
  •  A strong commitment to promoting the benefits of knowledge sharing. 

What’s in it for you?

Along with a down to earth, friendly team, we offer great CBD offices, hybrid/flexible working and a collaborative work environment.  In addition, we have market competitive remuneration, the ability to purchase additional annual leave and health & wellbeing initiatives such as annual flu vaccinations, access to the Employee Assistance Program, free subscriptions to wellbeing apps, and subsidised sporting activities.  If this sounds like an environment in which you would thrive, apply online now.

About us

HFW is a sector focused global law firm with a focus on construction, shipping, aerospace, commodities, energy and insurance. We have over 600 lawyers working across Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. With a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business, thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients, we are dynamic, entrepreneurial and leaders in our specialist areas.

Vacancy Details
Melbourne, Sydney
Part time
Posted 30/05/2024
Generalist KM lawyer to provide KM support to the Australian offices focussing on disputes.