Practice Development Lawyer – Antitrust

The PDL will be responsible for a range of activities aimed at developing and supporting the Antitrust practice group in the London office and the lawyers practising within it.


Knowledge Strategy

  • Work with the practice group to identify and gather Practice Development related requirements through identification of emerging or changing priorities.
  • Develop in tandem with the practice group partners a Practice Development strategy to meet knowledge and training requirements.
  • Develop and organise an annual training programme for the London antitrust team as well as a regular induction programme for new trainees and new joiners, including identifying topics, recommending and sourcing speakers and presenting sessions.
  • Manage the mechanisms to review and monitor the Practice Development strategy and report progress on a regular basis to practice group partners.
  • Collaborate with other Practice Development Lawyers to advocate for and implement global knowledge management and practice development strategies.
  • Manage processes to ensure that the practice group knowledge base is maintained and updated to reflect current industry practice and changes in law and agreed standards.
  • Continually improve processes and tools to capture, review, store, access and disseminate knowledge to comply with firm’s Practice Development strategy as well as firm policies and client requirements regarding confidentiality and security.
  • Conduct post-matter reviews to ensure lessons learned and best practices captured as well as highlighting requirements regarding compliance with document retention policies.

Legal Expertise and Know-How

  • Create and maintain precedent forms, documents, accompanying guidance, memoranda and any other relevant materials.
  • Respond to enquiries on substantive legal matters from the practice group and other offices, and oversee delivery of enquiry services provided to practice group by others.
  • Act as a source of legal, market and practical expertise for all members of practice group, including the provision of direct support for client matters.
  • Liaise with peers within Cleary as well as relevant external legal and market organisations to identify and share leading practices and responses to emerging or changing market issues.
  • Monitor legal and business environment for important developments in applicable legislation, regulations and standards, and communicate appropriately via alerts, practice notes, bulletins, practice group meetings, training event and other forums.
  • Work with the Library team to leverage internal and external sources for purposes of current awareness building.
  • Assist with legal project management within the practice as appropriate.

Business Development

  • Work with practice group and Business Development to identify issues and developments of relevance to new and existing clients through formal marketing programmes and materials, client training, articles and briefing notes.
  • Identify topics, future events and cases of interest for client briefings, newsletters and blog posts.
  • Provide support to practice group and Business Development with creation of pitch documents and related materials.
  • Identify topics/future events and research content for client webinars and support the BD team to organise events.
  • Support the BD team in maintaining lists and descriptions of matters for pitches/directory submissions/etc.

Skills and Competencies

  • A qualified UK antitrust lawyer with a minimum of 5 years PQE.
  • Excellent understanding of antitrust law and policy with the ability to spot key developments.
  • Advanced project management skills – ability to manage multiple responsibilities amid competing priorities, tight deadlines, changing business demands and opportunities.
  • Strong drafting, analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to listen, clarify and share information easily.
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients and stakeholders.
  • Proactive and autonomous, confident to share ideas and opinions, able to influence others.
  • Team orientated and able to build and maintain relationships across the office.