International Policy Adviser

The Law Society
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

The Law Society of England and Wales is the independent professional body for solicitors of England & Wales. We work globally to support and represent 200,000 solicitors, promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law. Around 10,000 of our members are permanently based overseas. 

International department overview

The UK legal profession is a global powerhouse and a true global brand, recognised and respected the world over. The International department works in key markets, making connections and opening up opportunities for solicitors and law firms and is actively engaged in trade discussions, lobbying for opportunities for legal services. We promote global leadership at home and abroad and act as a leader on protecting lawyers across the globe, championing the right to independent legal advice and representation across the world.

The Role

We are looking for an international policy adviser to join our team on a one-year fixed term contract to support solicitors of England & Wales in growing their global footprint, with a specific focus on Europe and the CIS region.

This is a multifaceted role covering technical analysis, relationship management, and international policy development. As a policy adviser, you will work closely with senior members of the legal profession on a daily basis to improve market access, promote the solicitor brand, the benefits of using English and Welsh law, and England and Wales as a global legal centre, to an international audience. 

Your work will include engaging with business, regulators and governmental/non-governmental organisations in the UK and overseas in order to grow subject-matter expertise on market access issues, international trade policy and trade promotion for legal services. You will develop policy positions, consultation responses, briefings, strategic recommendations and lobbying materials in liaison with members, key government departments and other stakeholders, reporting to the International Policy Manager, Public Affairs Director and Law Society office holders. 

The work will have a diplomatic, as well as a negotiating and lobbying dimension, with opportunities to build a programme of joint activities such as inward and outward trade missions, policy or business focused seminars, and conferences across the year, in the UK and overseas. 


What we're looking for

  • A highly motivated professional, eager to learn and contribute to the Law Society’s international strategy working within a fast-paced international team. 
  • First-hand experience of working in international markets including (but not exclusively) the EU, wider Europe and the CIS region. 
  • A background in law or legal training and an ability to speak other major international languages (desirable).
  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to work with a variety of stakeholders across the membership, as well as with governments, NGOs and business. 
  • Confidence to work simultaneously and independently on a range of different issues, projects and events. 
  • Graduate level or equivalent with international policy or business development work experience, ideally gained within an international business, a law firm, membership organisation, government or an NGO.
  • Willingness to learn and develop, taking on new responsibilities and adopting a flexible, pragmatic approach to work 

What's in it for you

  • A chance to lead on key policy issues relating to international market access and trade promotion;
  • Opportunity to travel overseas and attend international events.
  • Building a strong network of internationally minded professionals across legal services and government;
  • Developing strong diplomatic skills by working with a range of international stakeholders in key markets for UK legal services.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (no more than 500 words) clearly demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role.

Please note: if you are an internal applicant, Pay Policy will apply. 

We offer a generous flexible benefits package, a friendly working environment and the opportunity to develop your career within a professional organisation.

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