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Senior Knowledge Lawyer - Real Estate

  • Job
    Senior (5-8 years)
  • Legal
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You must have 7+ years PQE in Real Estate, strong technical knowledge, excellent drafting skills, IT proficiency, interest in legal technology, ability to work under pressure, collaborative nature, training experience, project management skills, and drive for continuous improvement.
  • You will produce high quality knowledge content, identify areas for process improvement, develop innovative client service strategies, collaborate with teams, provide technical training, manage real estate technology tools, and enhance knowledge sharing within the firm.


  • Excellent technical knowledge and experience gained in Real Estate (preferably with a commercial property background) and a genuine enthusiasm for the practice area and how it will develop in the future. The ideal candidate will be at least 7 years PQE
  • Knowledge management experience is preferred but not essential.
  • Excellent drafting and research skills with the ability to present complex concepts in an accessible way.
  • Ability to think creatively and identify ways to leverage know-how and technology for the benefit of clients and the firm.
  • Highly IT literate, confident user of MS Office and legal and business information systems with experience of SharePoint or similar platforms.
  • Interest in and experience of legal technology, including document automation, AI tools and e-signature platforms.
  • Comfortable working under pressure with the ability to plan and prioritise work and deliver to tight or changing deadlines whilst maintaining excellent attention to detail.
  • A proactive and collaborative team member with a professional, user focussed approach.
  • Ability to facilitate and manage change.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understands the need to work in partnership with lawyers and support staff, for the benefit of clients.
  • Experience of delivering training.
  • Experience of managing projects in some capacity.
  • Interest in continuous process improvement.
  • Interest in knowledge-driven marketing.
  • Confident self-starter with drive, initiative and a “can do” attitude


  • Produce high quality knowledge content for the division enabling fee earners to deliver a first-class service to clients with accuracy, speed and confidence;
  • Identify areas for continuous process improvement around the delivery of our work product based on a deep legal knowledge and awareness of best practice (including use of legal technology) ; and
  • Develop innovative ways in which to better serve our clients and support our fee earners.
  • The role will suit a confident and motivated senior lawyer who is committed to providing the best and most efficient service to our internal and external clients. It is an excellent opportunity for an individual wanting to:
  • Use their technical legal excellence in commercial real estate and their solid understanding of available legal technologies to improve the delivery of real estate legal services;
  • Be part of a firm where knowledge management and client service are strategic priorities; and
  • Provide cutting-edge KM support to real estate fee earners.
  • Work collaboratively with the existing Real Estate Knowledge Team and the wider Knowledge team/Best Practice Group to:
  • Proactively plan for and identify upcoming challenges and opportunities in the market for the Real Estate Division using the firm’s KM plan template;
  • Analyse and keep the team informed about legal and market issues as they arise;
  • Develop, maintain and enhance the division's knowledge tools, systems and templates to ensure users have easy access to quality content;
  • Provide subject matter expertise and real estate template documents to the firm’s document automation specialist for automation;
  • Design and, where appropriate, deliver technical internal real estate training programmes;
  • Deal with ad hoc technical queries from the division;
  • Manage and champion the use of the firm’s real estate technology tools and monitor and review new technologies as they arise.
  • Identify opportunities to improve knowledge sharing, infrastructure, services and systems in line with the Knowledge Strategy;
  • Plan and deliver knowledge and information projects and identifying metrics to measure their success.
  • Work closely with the Business Development team to increase market awareness of our RE capabilities and to add value to existing clients.
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders and teams to understand and manage expectations and increase engagement in knowledge initiatives;
  • Support legal and central teams in the collection and sharing of knowledge, information and best practice.
  • Facilitate and share best practice and continue to build a culture of knowledge sharing and community across the firm’s RE practices.


What is the main goal of the Knowledge Team in the firm's Best Practice Group?

The main goal of the Knowledge Team is to make things better for employees, business, and clients by identifying problems and solving them using people, process, and technology.

What are the responsibilities of the Knowledge Team in relation to the firm's strategic goals?

The Knowledge Team is responsible for helping individuals, teams, and the firm achieve strategic goals, maximise operational efficiency, drive innovation, facilitate change, and create value from the firm's knowledge assets.

What working policies does the firm have in place for employees, including those in the Knowledge Team?

The firm operates a hybrid agile working policy that allows employees to work from home (or another UK location) for at least 50% of their time. Employees can also apply for other flexible working options, either at the time of recruitment or during the course of their employment.

Top 50 UK law firm providing a broad range of legal services tailored to businesses and individuals.


Mission & Purpose

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our overseas network stretches from Asia to Europe through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris and Madrid. Our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family. We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. We have a commitment to high quality legal advice which is backed by a track record which dates back over 300 years. As a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, we have close links with law firms throughout the world.