Practice Development Lawyer

Closing date: 14/06/2019
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Part-time
Department: Data & Privacy
Location: London or Cardiff (some additional travelling may be required)
The firm

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

With 58 partners and more than 390 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions; Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) and the Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI).

In employment, immigration and reward (EIR) division, it is consistently top-ranked, and was named HR Law Firm of the Year 2015 by the Legal 500. With over 100 lawyers, Lewis Silkin’s employment and immigration team offers an unrivalled service supporting clients, including many of the world’s leading businesses, on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally. 

The creators, makers and innovators (CMI) division is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering a deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. From start-ups to multinationals, the firm’s comprehensive and commercially focused advice helps clients succeed in an increasingly complex and converged international marketplace. The CMI division includes a number of practice groups, including; Dispute Resolution, Commercial, Corporate, Real Estate and Trade Marks & Portfolio.

The department

The job holder will provide support to the lawyers within the firm’s Data & Privacy and Technology legal practice areas and will be reporting to Head of Data & Privacy Legal Practice Group. The Data & Privacy Legal Practice Group is a cohesive cross firm group made up of practitioners from both divisions.


The PDL will be required to focus on core practice development and professional support activities, including:

  • thought leadership in data;

  • creating and updating precedents and drafting notes addressing points of law and practice;

  • creating and updating practice notes and client technical notes covering key issues of law and practice;

  • creating and managing the production of guides, bulletins, newsletters and training targeted at clients and prospective clients;

  • assisting in the design and production of the practice group’s content for the firm’s website and intranet pages, including ensuring that know-how is appropriately stored, searchable and retrievable;

  • evaluating existing know-how and current awareness sources in the relevant practice areas and assessing their effectiveness;

  • identifying the know-how requirements and training needs of the practice area’s lawyers across both divisions;

  • liaising with the firm’s Learning & Development team to design appropriate skills training for the practice area’s lawyers;

  • participating in firm-wide committees and divisional and working groups as required;

  • arranging and promoting effective team meetings, CPD development sessions and training events;

  • from time to time, participating in internal and other data protection compliance programs.

Additional information

Candidate profile:

The successful candidate is likely to be an associate (5-7 years+ PQE) looking to move to a PDL/PSL role.  This role requires a solid understand of UK Data & Privacy law (and a background in technology law and transactions will be advantageous).

The candidate should be technically excellent and commercially astute.

No agencies please.

Lewis Silkin is an equal opportunities employer.