Withers - Project Manager

Withersworldwide have been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad. In this fast moving and increasingly regulated world the need for integrated and timely advice has never been more urgent.

We are recognised as the only international law firm for successful people, their families, their businesses and their philanthropic work. With offices in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean we provide coverage that other law firms focussed on the individual cannot. We continually look for opportunities to ensure we are based in the same locations as our clients and their wealth. We have represented 51% of the Top-100 ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, as well as a significant number of people listed in the US (Forbes) and Asian (Hurun) Rich Lists.

The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax. Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer. There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.

The Department:

We have worked with clients from Russia, the Ukraine and the CIS region for over 25 years. The team provides a full range of legal services to clients, from corporate, tax, wealth and estate planning, dispute resolution, to immigration and real estate advice.

Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a resource-rich region with a growing proportion of high net worth individuals. Growth rates in the number of wealthy individuals across the CIS are very impressive, and a large number of these individuals and families look to invest their assets and relocate in other parts of the world.

We are currently working on two large scale dispute resolution matters in particular which require specialist support. They are complex cross-border Ukrainian arbitrations involving high-profile clients being heard under Ukrainian law and which require collation and management of extensive documentation in Ukrainian and managing translations of the same, as well as managing and coordinating highly-complicated and time-pressured (i) tender processes; (ii) procurement processes; and (ii) complex and detailed billing processes with translation of all documentation into Ukrainian and liaising directly with the client in Ukrainian throughout.

Skills and experience required

Areas of focus and responsibilities:

  • Management of large scale litigation and arbitration projects including budget, quality control and timescale;

  • Ability to supervise a team of paralegals;

  • Working with the lawyers to prepare fee estimates and pitches;

  • Setting up project plans and monitoring and updating these;

  • Managing large scale disclosure exercise of Russian documents including arranging translations;

  • Managing the collation and preparation of documentation in English and Ukrainian for submission in tender, procurement and billing processes;

  • Managing complex billing processes including the production of spreadsheets of costs incurred and arranging, checking and coordinating translation into and from Ukrainian.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for the performance of this job, and as such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Ideal candidates must be:

  • Fluent Ukrainian speaker;

  • Familiarity with complex Ukrainian documents;

  • Experience of working on investment treaties;

  • Experience working in project management in a legal environment;

  • Familiarity with managing billing for a large scale litigation project;

  • Strong team player;

  • Strong academic record - LLM in International Arbitration.

The essentials:

  • 9.30 – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must;

  • 12 week probation period;

  • 4 week notice period;

  • Flexible benefit package including pension, private medical insurance, denplan, season ticket loan, subsidised gym memberships, lifestyle discount scheme, the ability to buy and sell holidays, flu jabs, doctors consultation service, cycle to work scheme, on site café plus more.