Practice Development Specialist - M&A

Responsible for working with the Practice Development Lawyers, Practice Development Manager and the wider Practice Development program to support the M&A practice group, with particular focus on providing support in relation to, and day-to-day responsibility for the management of, knowledge sharing initiatives and innovation tools. 


  • Work closely with the Practice Development Lawyers and Practice Development Manager to help deliver a range of services aimed at developing and supporting the M&A practice group and related corporate practice groups, such as IP, Tax and Employment;
  • Maintain knowledge tools and know-how repositories to ensure that content is current and relevant; perform content management activities, under direction of the Practice Development Lawyers and Practice Development Manager;
  • Act as a point of contact for enquiries on Cleary precedents and know-how;
  • Support the development of Cleary’s innovation offering, with a focus on legal technology products, automation, AI, and project management tools;
  • Gather feedback on a continuous basis for input into practice group programs and overall Cleary program;
  • Support monitoring legal and market developments and communication activities to maintain current awareness programs;
  • Work alongside the global Knowledge Solutions team to develop and maintain knowledge channels (portal pages, Practice Sites, Matter Management tools, etc.) to facilitate access to relevant know-how and matter expertise;
  • Work with colleagues from the M&A practice group, Knowledge Solutions and Practice Development teams to gather and harvest know-how;
  • Work with other professional support functions such as Library & Information Services, Business Development, and Learning & Development. 

Qualifications & Experience

  • 2-4 years’ experience working in a legal or professional services organization;
  • Experience working in a (global) legal organization preferred, ideally with relevant M&A experience;
  • An interest in knowledge management and innovation;
  • Ability to work independently, pro-actively as well as collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Experience in practice support and key principles of information services, research, and knowledge and content management;
  • Experience of working with multiple internal and external stakeholders; 
  • Understanding of the role and requirements of lawyers;
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent;
  • Legal background/ law degree preferred.