Corporate Finance Practice Development Lawyer 5yrs PQE - London

  • Pinsent Masons
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15, 2018
Full time Corporate Knowledge Management PSL

Job Description



The Team

The Corporate Finance ("CF") practice is a significant part of the firm’s international Corporate practice and has been identified by the Firm as a key area for investment as it seeks to enhance its reputation in the City of London. The Corporate practice comprises some 120 lawyers including more than 35 partners.

At Pinsent Masons, CF work is broadly interpreted as doing corporate work for listed companies and investment banks and other intermediaries active in the public markets. Examples would include advising on IPOs, secondary fundraisings, takeovers and providing day-to-day advice on the Listing Rules, the AIM Rules, the DGTRs, the Prospectus Rules, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and the market abuse regime. .

In the Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide, November 2017 the Firm is ranked second in terms of number of Stock Market clients (excluding companies listed on the Specialist Funds Market), with an impressive roster of listed companies. We also enjoy leadership positions in the number of Stock Market clients we act for in the Industrials and Oil and Gas sectors and we are the top ranked firm in terms of number of AIM clients.

The Role

This is a new and exciting role offering the opportunity to create and manage the resources and products required by a team of CF lawyers acting on, and competing for, significant mandates for clients active in the public markets. It also offers the chance to lead internal education and to contribute to publicising the team and its achievements through external opinion-forming activities.

You will report to a small team of CF partners drawn from across our UK offices and will establish good connections with both our Director of Knowledge and Innovation and with the team of Professional Development Lawyers.

Your main responsibilities will include:-

  • taking control of all CF knowhow resources across the firm, evaluating their quality and coverage and putting in place resources and systems to address any shortfalls in quality and coverage and ensuring accessibility of resources to members of the CF team. This would include evaluating our template bank, prioritising production and maintenance of templates not available elsewhere, updating/maintaining and creating templates and associated practice notes, providing knowhow updates to the team, putting in place resources to deal with prospective legislative and regulatory changes;
  • providing research and practical experience guidance to all team members from partners to trainees and extracting deal information and knowhow;
  • creating thought leadership material such as regular CF bulletins for banks and intermediaries and commenting on market developments through OutLaw and other external publications and assisting in producing our highly popular Boardroom Briefing each month;
  • leading the CF education programme by creating content and delivering training sessions; and
  • taking part in business development activities, eg participating in external conferences, joining in PDL networking events, anticipating legal issues in pitch opportunities and finding ways to differentiate our team.

Skill set required

You would:

  • be a lawyer of at least 5 year's PQE gained in a UK corporate finance practice of a firm recognised for this type of work;
  • be currently a practising fee earner or a PDL in a firm recognised for CF work;
  • be experienced in equity capital markets and have at least some knowledge of public takeover practice (and a willingness to engage in that area);
  • have the ability to engage with senior members of our firm and be an excellent teacher with high quality drafting and IT skills;
  • be tenacious with well developed people skills;
  • have an enthusiastic and resourceful approach, being a pro-active and motivated self-starter with excellent organisational skills and an enjoyment of working to deadlines; and
  • be full time (although there could be some flexibility over this requirement) and have some flexibility to travel and the ability to engage with cross-office working.

Firm Introduction

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 23 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, real estate, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.

Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations. Pinsent Masons has also recently acquired a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham which further enhances the firm's innovative and market leading offering.