Paralegal - Planning & Environmental

Exeter, Devon
21 Jul 2021
19 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Legal Support, Paralegal
Contract Type

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'll work:

Our Planning Team acts for a full range of clients in both the private and public sectors.  We work closely with colleagues in our leading Public Sector, Housing and Regeneration, and Commercial Property teams providing our clients with the best and most commercial advice, irrespective of market sector.  We advise on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of the planning and environmental regimes.

Not resting on our laurels, we have plans to grow our national team and an exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and quality-driven Paralegal to join our Exeter office. Working seamlessly with colleagues and clients across the country, the new recruit will benefit from a top-class Trowers & Hamlins training and enjoy the quality of work to match.

What you'll be doing:

Providing a full range of legal and paralegal support to the busy planning department including:

  • Dealing with planning, highway and other infrastructure agreements under the supervision of a qualified solicitor
  • Reviewing local searches and obtaining planning documents from the relevant authorities
  • Assisting with due diligence exercises
  • Carrying out research
  • Drafting letters and advice notes and other documents
  • Proof reading documents
  • Attending meetings
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with
  • Lexcel procedures
  • Checking of schedules and management of documents
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships
  • Such other tasks as may be required to support the rest of the planning department

What you'll need:

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:

  • Ability to prioritise work effectively and meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills both oral and written
  • A strong team player
  • Extensive IT abilities
  • A positive and proactive attitude
  • Flexibility and commitment
  • An ability to operate with minimum supervision
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • 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
  • 2:1 graduate (law degree or non-law degree with GDL essential)
  • An ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision – a self-starter

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.

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