LCIA Executive Department
The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) is one of the world’s leading institutions assisting in the administration of international commercial arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
In addition to its dispute administration services, the LCIA conducts a worldwide program of conferences, seminars, and other events of interest to the arbitration and ADR community, operates a membership program for over 2,200 members from over 80 countries, and sponsors the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), a group for members of the arbitration community aged 40 or younger, with over 10,000 members.
In recent years, there has been a considerable growth in the use of arbitration as a means of resolving cross-border disputes: a vast majority of parties list arbitration as their preferred method of international dispute resolution. As a result, there has been a considerable increase in demand for the LCIA’s services.
The structure of the LCIA
The LCIA is a not-for-profit company based on Fleet Street in London.
Two key bodies oversee the workings of the LCIA: the LCIA Board, which has ultimate responsibility for the management and strategy of the LCIA, and the LCIA Court, which has ultimate responsibility for cases administered by the LCIA.
The LCIA office itself is divided into four departments:
- the Casework Department, which is responsible for the day-to-day administration of cases referred to the LCIA;
- the Accounts Department, which assists the Casework Department in performing financial tasks in cases referred to the LCIA and also performs an internal role, dealing with the LCIA’s own budgeting, payroll, and other accounting obligations;
- the Marketing, Membership and Events Department, which organises events, maintains the LCIA’s membership organisations, and carries out general marketing such as the promotion of articles on the LCIA’s website; and
- the Executive Department, comprised of the Director General, the HR and Operations Manager, and their support staff. The Director General has ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day management of the LCIA, and reports directly to the Board. The Legal Assistant is one of the Director General’s support staff.
The Legal Assistant Role
The Legal Assistant will work closely with, and report directly to, the Director General, providing support in relation to a wide range of tasks. The types of tasks will vary depending on the needs of the Director General, but will generally involve:
- researching legal and other issues relevant to the international arbitration community
- preparing drafts of contributions to legal journals, books, websites, and other media;
- assisting in relation to external projects aimed at providing a valuable contribution to the international arbitration community, such as coordinating with the Casework Department to prepare reports summarising LCIA casework statistics;
- preparing presentations and speeches, both based on research performed by the Legal Assistant and based on the operations of the LCIA more generally;
- coordinating with the Marketing, Membership and Events Department to organise LCIA events around the world;
- assisting in relation to internal projects aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the LCIA’s operations, such as drafting and implementing new policies and guidelines;
- reviewing drafting prepared by various staff members throughout the LCIA and providing recommendations to the Director General for amendments; and
- coordinating with third parties, for example external legal counsel engaged by the LCIA to provide advice, or service providers engaged by the LCIA to assist with certain projects.
The Legal Assistant may be asked to perform additional tasks that broadly fit within the nature of those described above.
While the Legal Assistant will report directly to the Director General, the Legal Assistant will often be required to work with various other members of staff from throughout the business.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
The Legal Assistant should be a junior lawyer with at least one year’s experience working in international arbitration.
To allow them to carry out their role effectively, the Legal Assistant should be able to demonstrate the following key skills:
- drafting skills, for both legal and non-legal audiences;
- research skills, both legal research and research more broadly;
- computer literacy; a strong candidate will ideally have web publishing and database management experience;
- statistical analysis skills, including the ability to work with spreadsheets to analyse large amounts of data and draw conclusions, and the ability to present these conclusions in a compelling manner;
- a high level of organisation, time management, and self-motivation, including the ability to manage and progress multiple projects and tasks at one time with limited external guidance;
- a critical eye in relation to existing practices, and a willingness to make suggestions for improvements; and
- the ability to establish and maintain working relationship; a strong candidate will be able to work well with a variety of different personalities, and will be able to strike a balance between being assertive and cooperative.
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