Description

The Knowledge Lawyer for North American Tax Practice Group (the "Group") will manage and execute legal content projects, training and knowledge initiatives for the Group within the context of the firms knowledge strategy. The role holder will make first-class tax knowledge easily available to lawyers and tax practitioners (collectively referred to as “lawyers”), increasing the quality, consistency, and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that Baker McKenzie gives its clients.
 
Responsibilities:
Knowledge and Expertise
  • Precedents: Draft, develop, and automate the Group's precedents and other legal content
  • Current awareness and commercial/industry know-how: Swift identification, curation, and explanation of key changes in tax legislation and case law of significance to our client base. Apply an understanding of key clients' industries and businesses to all activities. Work with other Practice Groups (“PG”) and Industry Groups (“IG”) to provide the most holistic legal, commercial, and industry know-how possible. Leverage industry periodicals and media to enhance industry knowledge. Involve yourself with industry bodies, including by coordinating attendance at meetings and calls and by joining working groups and subcommittees
  • Lawyer requests: Respond to ad hoc inquiries from lawyers. Develop a reputation as a go-to expert on firm and Group resources
  • Know-how development: Collect and input the Group's know-how into the firm's global repository of knowledge and populate global, multi-jurisdictional databases and resources. Identify gaps in know-how and work to fill them, ensuring content development is progressive
  • Training: Identify the Group's training needs and meet them by delivering, participating in, and promoting training. Leverage firm resources and processes to produce training materials and courses efficiently and of the highest possible quality
  • Client-facing knowledge: Provide legal input into client-facing and demand-generating initiatives, including client training and legal content for proposals and other business development resources. Identify Tax hot topics and write, commission, and deliver content such as alerts, thought leadership reports, and talking points
  • Policy initiatives and capacity-building: Participate in and respond to policy consultations and regulatory developments
Service Orientation
  • Relationships: Promote and identify ways to strengthen the Group's knowledge culture. Build lasting relationships throughout the firm through collaboration, mutual respect, and a reputation for competence. Advocate and be a positive spokesperson for Knowledge. Nurture relationships with trainees and junior lawyers. Support diversity and inclusion, CSR, and pro bono activities     
Work Management
  • Operations and innovation:  Proactively seek ways to improve your own and your team's service and efficiency and contribute to best practices.  Actively participate in Knowledge projects
  • Systems: Support and drive the adoption of Knowledge systems. Take ownership of delivery. Schedule one-on-one meetings and presentations to promote Knowledge systems
  • Strategy, alignment, and integration: Understand and promote the Group's business and Knowledge plans. Structure time and priorities per the Group's business and Knowledge plans and provide input into them
 
Skills and Experience:
  • Law degree
  • Current license to practice law (or eligibility for one)
  • Substantial experience as a practicing lawyer with a high level of U.S. tax technical ability in key areas of corporate tax, international tax, and transfer pricing
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written) and the confidence to communicate in a multi-cultural, multi-level environment
  • Experience working directly with senior counterparts on strategy and execution
  • Excellent time management and organizing skills; ability to prioritize and manage time to meet deadlines
  • Strong word processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Experience in, or willingness to learn legal technology, including AI/GenAI, document automation, and other legal tech