Paralegal - Projects & Construction
Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.
Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.
We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.
While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.
Where you will work:
Our award-winning construction practice is, justifiably, one of the leaders in its field.
Our national offering is a 'life span' service for all construction/engineering related matters, including initial structuring, procurement advice, preparing and negotiating contracts, appointments, joint ventures and development agreements, incorporating specialists in procurement and energy. We work closely with our colleagues in other departments, in particular real estate, tax and planning. The team combines legal excellence, commercial acumen and an impressive track record together with a deep understanding of the construction industry. A number of our team are ranked as experts and leading practitioners in their field by Chambers UK and Legal 500.
You will form part of a team of 46 fee earners in the non-contentious construction team, which is one of the largest construction teams in the country. We advise on some of the largest construction and regeneration schemes in the country for a broad range of clients. We act for private and public sector developers in the residential, commercial, hotel and leisure, education, senior living, retail and industrial sectors, as well as for institutional investors and contractors. Unlike most construction practices we self-generate the majority of our work as well as supporting our real estate, banking and corporate practices.
The main purpose of the paralegal role is to support our partners, solicitors and trainees on a range of work varying in scale and complexity.
What you will do:
Typical Paralegal duties will include:
- working under the supervision of more senior fee earners;
- assisting with file opening, conflicts searches, client care letters, etc.;
- document management, including preparing and updating status tables;
- assisting with billing tasks;
- deeds scheduling;
- simple legal drafting and preparing first drafts of documents for review;
- note-taking and taking minutes;
- assisting with contract execution, including completing client input/execution forms, electronic execution platforms, logistics of signature and uploading completed documents to data sites;
- assisting on due diligence reports;
- legal and commercial research;
- ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
- other ad hoc paralegal/admin duties.
What you will need:
Overall, we will are looking for a candidate with a helpful and proactive attitude and a willingness to work well within the team.
The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at the paralegal grade. In particular for this role we require:
- Previous paralegal experience desired but not essential;
- Ability to prioritise work effectively and meet deadlines;
- Good communication skills both oral and written;
- A good level of numeracy (for billing tasks);
- A strong team player with a positive, proactive and inclusive attitude;
- Good IT abilities (in particular Microsoft Word and Excel), noting the firm will provide skills training in the firms' in-house software;
- Flexibility and commitment;
- When appropriate to the task, an ability to operate with minimum supervision;
- A willingness to learn;
- Flexible and willing to go the extra mile;
- Strong attention to detail with a methodical and logical approach;
- Common sense and ability to use initiative;
- Good academic record;
- LPC is desired.
As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.
Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.