Practice Development Lawyer

Date: 28 Jun 2024

Location: London, GB

Company: Dentons


Department/Division: Competition
Duration: Permanent
Location: UK
Reports to: Head of Competition
Type of Role: Office Based/Hybrid/Full or Part time (3-4 days a week)

Reference no: 6195


Role Purpose


Our lawyers work on the full spectrum of competition matters, including competition litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, foreign investment/National Security & Investment Act ("NSIA"), behavioural advice, competition compliance programs, commercial contracts, subsidy control/State Aid, economic regulation and public procurement. We regularly work with our international colleagues, including specialist competition lawyers in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Dentons are ranked in Global Competition Review's Global Elite and we are ranked in Tier One in Scotland by Chambers and the Legal 500.


Dentons’ UK Competition team is now seeking an experienced Practice Development lawyer to join a highly respected, growing, friendly, stable and award-winning team. The role can be based in London, Edinburgh, or Glasgow.


This role will support the UK wide team. You will cover a wide range of UK and EU competition matters, as well as having the responsibility to spearhead the development of a comprehensive knowledge hub that consolidates previous work and creates actionable precedents and know-how for the team. This role would ideally suit an existing competition PDL or a Senior competition lawyer looking to transition into a stimulating PDL role.


Duties & Responsibilities


Knowledge Hub Development


  • Lead the creation and maintenance of a centralized knowledge hub for the UK Competition team.
  • Gather, organize and structure relevant advice, notifications, pleadings, submissions, training materials, case studies, templates, and other resources to enhance the team's efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify key areas for knowledge development and resource creation.


Precedent Creation


  • Develop high-quality, user-friendly precedents and templates tailored to various aspects of competition law, including merger control, foreign investment review and NSIA, litigation, subsidy control/State Aid, competition compliance, and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensure that all precedents, manuals and know-how are kept up-to-date with the latest legal developments and best practices.


Training and Support


  • Provide training and support to team members on the use of the knowledge hub and precedents to facilitate their work processes.
  • Offer guidance on legal research techniques, case analysis, and effective utilization of resources.




  • Initiate and prepare timely, relevant, well-presented, succinct and pragmatic alerts for clients and contacts on relevant developments in competition law and practice.
  • Devise and prepare training materials and other presentations for clients on competition related issues.


Legal Research and Analysis


  • Conduct in-depth legal research on competition law matters to support ongoing client projects and internal initiatives.
  • Monitor and analyze case law, decisional practice, legislative updates, and regulatory changes to keep the team and our clients informed of relevant developments.


Continuous Improvement


  • Proactively identify opportunities to enhance the knowledge hub, precedents and client-facing materials based on changes in competition law and practice and/or feedback from team members.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies to optimize knowledge management processes.


Required experience, skills, and attributes


  • Qualified in either England and Wales or Scotland.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of Competition Law, including economic regulation.
  • Strong 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, clearly and professionally, including in diagram and other visual form.
  • Self-starter who demonstrates a proactive and positive attitude to their work.
  • Flexible and adaptable, for example relishing new legal and practice developments and changes.
  • Keen to learn and develop, demonstrating enthusiasm and dedication. 
  • Innovative and client-focused in the use of delivery media. 
  • Dedicated to exceptional client service.
  • Strong financial and business awareness.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills.


Firm Profile


Across more than 80 countries, Dentons helps you grow, protect, operate and finance your organisation by providing uniquely global and deeply local legal solutions. Polycentric, purpose-driven and committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and sustainability, we focus on what matters most to you.


Inclusion and Diversity


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Equal Opportunities


Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from everyone including of any age, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, neurodiversity, disability, or with parental or caring responsibilities. We also offer flexible working hours.


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