As Head of Knowledge & Information you will be reporting directly to the Managing Partner.
Your role will be to formulate and deliver a knowledge and information management strategy for the firm.
You will ensure that all internal clients have access to the knowledge & information resources that meet business needs cost effectively.
Heading up KM and Information Management projects ensuring they are within scope, deadline & budget.
Deliver change management using communication, marketing, training, feedback, surveys, and presentations to drive and build engagement to obtain the required changes.
You will need to communicate on a regular basis to keep the firm up to date on any new resources and ensure any training needs are met.
Regularly meet with individual teams across the firm to obtain feedback on information & KM resources and act upon this.
Undertaking inductions for all new joiners and trainees who need to be aware and use the information/KM resources.
Induction and training for all new PSLs in their role as KM champions for each team.
Ensuring the lawyers get training on all the information/KM resources that they need to use to undertake their jobs.
Identifying training opportunities to ensure better research skills across the firm.
Manage the Information Assistant, who deals with ordering print resources, updates the Information Centre catalogue and maintains the hardcopy resources in the Information Centre.
Ensure the Professional Support Lawyers (PSLs) across the firm are adhering to the KM policies and procedures by meeting with them on a regular basis, individually and as one group.
Horizon scanning & maintaining knowledge of the market
Join external groups & associations to continue to network and broaden your knowledge of information and KM initiatives and strategies in the legal and other sectors.
Keep up to date with legal information resources, including new services or functionality.
Horizon scanning by checking articles from the KM & information press to keep up to date.
Provide current awareness to the firm using Manzama.
Liaise with all teams/individuals to ensure they are receiving the current awareness that they need.
Maintain good working relationships with the Account Managers of information providers and publishers.
Oversee the procurement of hard copy materials, including books, loose-leaf and journal subscriptions.
Researching, trialling and negotiating contracts for new resources.
Negotiating & renewing contracts for ongoing resources.
Ensure all resources are being used by checking user stats and acting accordingly with additional training or other initiatives to ensure the firm is getting best use from each resource.
Managing & helping to maintain the firm’s knowledge repository, the Knowledge Library.
Producing monthly reports showing usage stats and knowledge that requires reviewing at a team and firm-wide basis.
Liaise with all Heads of Teams to formulate annual information resource budgets which are then agreed by the Head of Finance and Managing Partner. Continue to oversee the budget and update it throughout the year on a regular basis.
Working closely with Marketing to assist in providing the lawyers and the Marketing team with relevant research to proactively undertake BD initiatives.
Part of the Management team, so ensure good working relationships with all Central Services teams, including IT, Marketing, HR, Compliance, Facilities & Finance.
Experience in KM activities by bringing together people, processes and technology.
Have expertise in change and project management.
Excellent practical knowledge and experience of legal technology, such as Lexis and Thomson Reuters services.
Knowledge of business information resources would also be a bonus.
Ability to build strong working relationships with stakeholders across all levels of the business.
Degree or post graduate qualification in Information Management is preferable.
Solid commercial awareness and experience of working in the legal or professional services sector.
Good problem solving and analytical skills.
Strong communication skills.
Experience/ Attributes required
Have a broad understanding of the legal principles involved and experience of assisting with a desire to become an expert in this challenging field.
You must possess excellent drafting skills, legal analysis, verbal & written communication skills and employment law knowledge.
An ability and willingness to complete marketing and business development activities is essential
You must also be able to apply the law with a degree of commerciality and be prepared to give your viewpoint to clients.
Advocacy before the employment tribunals and courts
Litigation unfair and wrongful dismissal claims & sex, race and disability discrimination claims
Training seminars and workshop programmes for employer clients
There will be an opportunity to gain experience of immigration and data protection issues.
HR Support for employer clients on a day-to-day basis
Guiding clients through disciplinary and other internal proceedings
TUPE issues in transactional work (including due diligence) and on outsourcing
Employment termination, including compromise and other settlement agreements, as well as taxation implications and avoidance.
Example of recent assignments
Advised on numerous restrictive covenant and confidentiality issues for both new and former employers, including obtaining injunctions to restrain ex-employees breaches of post termination obligations.
Continued to advise on a long running equal pay claim.
Advised on numerous restructuring and TUPE scenarios often involving an international element.
Sourced international employment advice on a wide range of issues affecting its clients.
The Group is extremely busy currently handling over 35 Employment Tribunal Claims.
The Group has seen an increase in the use of SARs against its clients and has assisted its clients to deal with them.
Although not a mainstay of its practice the Group regularly assist the corporate group on generally small scale due diligence exercises
The group acts for a number of international and national household names.
25 days holiday
Pension scheme with a 4% employer contribution and the employee pays 4%
Life Assurance - 5 x final salary
Private medical cover for employee
Ability to join fee earner bonus scheme
Travel season ticket loan scheme available
Cycle to work scheme available
4 x Partners
1 x Head of Immigration
2 x Senior Associate Solicitors – ( 1 Head of employment training)
2 x Associate Solicitor
3 x Solicitor
1 x Trainee chartered legal executive
4 x Secretaries
Boyes Turner’s Employment team is ranked in Tier 1 by Legal 500. Its partners are recognized as experts in their field. The Group is innovative and seeking to find ways of developing its offering and services to clients harnessing all modern technologies.
The team is looking to recruit at least two enthusiastic and bright candidates. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients local, national and international. Given the structure of the team there will be, in time, real opportunities to progress.
Boyes Turner is a well-known, successful and respected Commercial law firm named in both Legal 500 and Chambers guides. Excellent working conditions and a modern, forward thinking, friendly team.
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