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22000748 Requisition #

Description - External

We are looking for a proactive legal sector Pro Bono Advisor to join our team!


About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm.  With 79 offices in 45 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.


About the Role

This position supports and reports to the Head of Pro Bono Practice.

Key responsibilities include:

Management of pro bono matters: sourcing opportunities, finding internal resource for them and managing strategic external relationships 

-    Managing relationship with brokers
-    Creating bids for projects with brokers and liaising with internal Pro Bono Champions to find volunteers.  
-    Creating and sending out Weekly Pro Bono Opportunities email
-    Engagement with external and internal leaders on internal pro bono projects

- Undertaking special projects and events as instructed by the Head of Pro Bono Practice supporting both the firm and Law Society’s pro bono and social impacts strategy initiatives.

Management of client pro bono projects and relationships 

-    Engage/communicate/maintain relationships with key clients we partner with
-    Completing client pitch information 
-    Providing expert advice and guidance on pro bono to clients 

Internal engagement and communication 

-    Annual Pro Bono week events and communication 
-    Maintaining and updating the Firm’s Pro Bono Guide
-    Engagement with internal stakeholders (pro bono champions, project leads, CR contacts outside of UK)

External engagement and leadership 

-    Attending industry events and meetings

-    Awards submissions 

Overall programme management 

-    Internal scoping of new pro bono mandates including ensuring appropriate risk and regulatory checks are carried out and considering regulatory and liability issues as well as the scope and terms of the new matter
-    Reporting (internal and external) and overseeing and tracking active pro bono matters.
-    Training of volunteers 


About You

Ideal candidate will have:

- 2/3 years+ experience of pro bono legal management.
- Track record in delivering projects and change ideally within professional services environment.
- Strong data analysis and management skills.
- Experience of working globally across multiple locations and with many stakeholders of different seniority. 
- Strong project management experience with proven ability to manage multiple deliverables within a tight timeframe
- Strong awareness of the responsible business and access to justice agenda and relevance to the firm
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written, spoken and presentational with a demonstrated experience of delivering excellent levels of client service
- Ability to build strong business relationships with internal and external clients and excellent influencing and networking skills
- A confident, proactive individual prepared to take a hands-on approach to managing their workload using their own initiative


Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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