Practice Development Lawyer

Date: 19 May 2023

Location: London, GB

Company: Dentons

Department: Dispute Resolution 
Duration: Permanent
Location: Any UK Office or Remote (UK)
Reports to: Senior Practice Development Lawyer
Type of Role: Hybrid/Remote 

Reference No: 4617


Role Purpose

Dentons’ Dispute Resolution team is seeking an experienced disputes lawyer to join its existing practice development lawyer (PDL) team. The role can be based either in any of our offices across the UK, or fully remotely. 
This role will support the teams across England and Scotland and will cover a wide range of dispute work including commercial litigation, financial markets disputes, international arbitration, fraud and white collar crime, and trade and sanctions and regulatory matters. 
This role would ideally suit an existing PDL or a junior disputes lawyer (2-5 PQE) looking to transition in to a commercially focused PDL role. In addition to a strong grounding in Scottish and/or English civil procedure, candidates would ideally also have expertise in at least one of the following areas: international arbitration; regulatory; and / or international trade. 
We are very open to considering candidates from a variety of backgrounds and roles. 


The Role

Current awareness and horizon scanning

With others, you will help share information and develop marketing materials – both internally and with clients - about key legal, regulatory and procedural developments affecting clients of the disputes practice. 


You will work with the team to review and maintain a suite of standard form precedent documentation. 

You will contribute to internal (including for trainees and qualified lawyers) and client training programmes by organising, writing and delivering training sessions.

Legal service delivery and innovation
You will contribute to the team's drive to streamline our processes while ensuring we continue to deliver the best quality advice to our clients. This may involve participating or organising trials of technological products, using and championing cost budgeting tools, using legal project management tools and using document automation tools to speed up document production. You may be involved in trialling new technologies.

Case support
As an integral part of our Dispute Resolution team, you can expect to provide regular advice or act as a sounding board for queries, ranging from basic questions from trainees to research tasks from partners and other experienced lawyers. 


Required experience, skills, and attributes



  • Qualified in either England and Wales,or Scotland, or ideally both.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the confidence to present well in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Able to present information concisely and professionally, including in diagram form.
  • Self-starter who is able to demonstrate a proactive and positive attitude to their work.
  • Flexible and adaptable, for example relishing new developments and changes as the market develops.
  • Keen to learn and develop, demonstrating enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Innovative and client-focused in the use of delivery media.
  • Dedicated to exceptional client service and demonstrates market focus.
  • Strong financial and business awareness.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills.


Firm Profile

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.


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Equal Opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. During the application process, any applicant has the opportunity to tell us about any adjustments they may require during the application process. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email


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