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Professional Support Lawyer

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Information about the position

  • Place of work: Remote work
  • Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards: 2 900 EUR/monthsalary can be adjusted to reflect agreed working pattern, annual performance bonus, annual salary review
  • Start date: As per agreement
  • Contract type: full-time, part-time

Job description, responsibilities and duties

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT LAWYER – A&O BRATISLAVA OFFICE

Overview
The purpose of the Bratislava PSL role is to develop and co-ordinate the knowledge management and training support offered to lawyers and clients of the firm's Slovak practice. The role is primarily to provide support to lawyers in the Bratislava office. The Bratislava PSL would work closely with the local team, both partners and other fee earners, as well as know-how, training, library services and marketing support areas in the firm.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

1. KNOW HOW (INTERNAL)

1.1 Know-how Projects: Templates / SFPs
- Work with partners and other fee earners to identify their core precedent requirements and needs
- Produce (including review and revise drafts prepared by junior lawyers) some of the templates for relevant partner's final review.
- Review products prepared by other fee earners, and provide comments as appropriate, before converting them into templates.
- Inform fee earners of new product developments (SFPs/templates etc).
1.2 Current Awareness
- Monitor and evaluate news and information on legal and commercial developments.
- Provide fee earners with accurate and timely information and commentary on legal and commercial developments.
1.3 Know-How System; Intranet
- Manage, promote and develop Know How and Know How systems. Maintain the Know How system including adding and profiling new entries and removing out of date entries.
- Build up and maintain the local Know How materials and files.
- Enhance and develop new mechanisms for capturing, sharing and communicating Know How.
1.4 Fee Earner Enquiries
- Provide assistance to lawyers by identifying helpful transaction precedents.
- Answer day to day fee earner enquiries. Assist fee earners in conducting legal research by pointing them in the right direction of suitable resources.
- Assist with Know How enquiries from PSLs and lawyers in other offices.
1.5 Global Know-How
- Monitor and evaluate know-how development in other offices that may be relevant to local practice.
- Attend regular conference calls with global/regional PSLs.

2. KNOW HOW (CLIENT INITIATIVES)
- Identify developments of particular interest to clients and produce bulletins and alerts with commentary and analysis and assist other fee earners with the production and review of bulletins.
- Identify topics of interest to clients and produce brochures and papers and assist other fee earners with the production and review of brochures.
- Work with the Marketing team on strengthening relationships with key clients through the development of new on-line and traditional value added services.

3. TRAINING
- Work with local partners, and other lawyers to develop annual regular in-house professional practice training. Manage the programme and ensure annual completion of the core legal skills training programme.
- Ensure that training materials (seminar handouts, power point documents etc) are added to the Know How system in a timely manner.
- Monitor training sessions given in London and arrange for videos/other materials where appropriate.
- Give training on use of the Know How systems including induction training to new joiners.

4. OTHERS
- Library – Manage library budgets, including online material subscriptions and book purchasing. Implement trials of online materials for fee earners and select the proper online materials based on fee earners’ requests. Answer day to day fee earners library inquiries. Assist fee earners on co-ordinating with London library with book borrowing and information searching.
- Ad hoc projects – provide support on departmental, office or firm-wide projects that either do not fall clearly within another department's competence or where the PSL can add value or expertise (e.g. reviewing regional risk policies; engagement letter updates etc.)
- Pro Bono – provide support as may be necessary.

If you are the right candidate for this position and you would like to be part of our team, please submit your application together with the motivation letter and CV in both Slovak and English by clicking on Apply for job or via the Careers section on A&O.com or by sending your application directly to recruitment.bratislava@allenovery.com.

Employee perks, benefits

- Friendly, challenging, motivating and enthusiastic international working environment
- Attractive remuneration and bonus scheme
- Opportunities to learn and develop professionally and personally through global training programmes
- Multisport card
- Meal card / meal contribution
- Private health care services
- Team offsites and events throughout the year (e.g. ski trip, goose dinner, Christmas party, etc.)
- Possibility of working from home
- Access to free refreshment at the work place (when working from the office - coffee, tea, juices, fruit etc.)
and other.

Information about the selection process

For this position we organise 2 rounds of interviews in both, Slovak and English language.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Educational Specialization

Law

Language skills

English - Advanced (C1) and Slovak - Proficiency (C2)

Other knowledge

Microsoft Word - advanced
Microsoft Excel - advanced
Microsoft Outlook - advanced
Internet - advanced
Microsoft PowerPoint - advanced

Number of years of experience

law sector
4

Personality requirements and skills

Requirements
- Previous academic/fee earning experience
Strong technical and drafting skills
- Fluent in English and Slovak, spoken and written
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Energy and enthusiasm with a flexible and pro-active approach

Who we are looking for
- Strong commercial/business acumen with the ability to deliver creative, innovative and pragmatic solutions and advice
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface at all levels and particularly to win the respect of the partner, fee-earner and PSL community, building and developing strong (internal and external) client relationships
- Collaborative team player with the ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment
- High energy individual who enjoys both the operational and strategic sides of this role and shows great flexibility
- A person of sound judgment, able to establish a high level of credibility in the organisation and act as a trusted advisor to fee-earners
- There is no need for such person to be based in Bratislava; remote working pattern is preferred and so this job opening is suitable also for a candidate living and working in other region

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Brief description of the company

OUR FIRM

We’re built on the work of talented and motivated people, in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. We operate at the forefront of the legal industry, and our deals and cases often make headline business news. With many of our partners acknowledged as leaders in their field, and with all our people demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, we have a reputation for delivering excellence in all that we do.
We’re thoughtful and inventive, and we’ve developed a culture in which difference and openness is positively valued, where people are free to be themselves. We’re one global team, supportive and collaborative but also ambitious and driven. Our capacity to combine these qualities and provide a setting in which our people can thrive is what makes us different.

IT’S TIME WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER

Whatever your area of expertise and wherever your ambitions lie, we can give you the skills and scope to develop your career and the challenges to help you realise your potential.
If you can deliver an exceptional standard of work, it’s time you got the opportunities you’ve been looking for.

Find out more about us on www.allenovery.com.

Number of employees

25-49 employees

Company address

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.
Pribinova 4
811 09 Bratislava
http://www.allenovery.com