Remote UK - Commercial Contracts Specialist / Paralegal

Employer
Dentons
Location
Remote
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Vacancy Type
Legal Support, Paralegal
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
Officer / Analyst / Engineer / Executive / Coordinator, Admin
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Details

Purpose of role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for bright and ambitious contract specialists and paralegals to join a relatively newly formed dedicated team to work in innovative new ways for one of the UK's best loved and most iconic retail brands. Dentons Helix is a new practice group looking to make a difference in the legal industry. We deliver excellent legal services and insightful data to support our clients by using a combination of legal, technological and operational specialists to define a new standard for best practice. 

Our client has entrusted Dentons to manage its commercial contracts requirements and enter into a genuine long term partner relationship. Given the extensive nature of our client's business and its innovative and dynamic approach, the work (which will encompass commercial contracts, technology and outsourcing agreements, third party supplier arrangements and other contracts relating to its business operations) will undoubtedly be varied, challenging and engaging. It is a unique role which will also see you working directly with business partners at our client giving advice and answering questions.

We have built a dedicated team to support this work, which will work alongside our Band 1 ranked Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) team as well as the client's in-house legal function. Given the focus of the team this opportunity will be ideal for lawyers and paralegals who wish an alternative experience. In particular:

  • Due to the single client focus and the nature of the team, these roles will provide greater certainty and flexibility of working hours;
  • This role will provide the opportunity to work with one client as a core part of its legal function, enabling the successful candidates to gain a deeper understanding of the client's business and a closer working relationship with the client's in-house team;
  • Whilst this is a dedicated team, the successful candidates will work alongside the UK TMT team and benefitting from their training, materials and know-how.

We are looking for paralegals with commercial contracts experience.

This is a great opportunity to join one of the leading teams in the UK and work with a really exciting client. The role offers excellent experience, training and genuine career development prospects.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking full time or part time opportunities.

Responsibilities

You will work as part of a team to deliver the full spectrum of commercial contract requirements for our client. This will include drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts as well as providing advice on contract or other queries. Through newly established ways of working, including an increased emphasis on technological solutions, you will be supported in taking full ownership for contracts, giving greater responsibility than is available in traditional private practice teams. Our approach is to create a supportive environment by working collaboratively as part of a team whilst also encouraging team members to operate with a degree of independence.

You will work closely with other members of this dedicated team as well as the in-house legal function at our client. The department has a strong teamwork ethic and a first class client management approach.  It is essential that candidates are team players and committed to developing personally and professionally.  A determination to deliver high-quality focused services to our clients is essential, as is maintaining and developing client relationships.

Successful candidates will be people with energy and enthusiasm who want to  become one of the top teams in the country, working hard to providing the highest levels of client service whilst at the same time valuing having fun being part of a supportive and collegiate team.

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • Paralegal experience on commercial contracts matters
  • A qualification in law (Degree, Graduate Diploma in Law/Legal Practice Course) or equivalent
  • Confidence to deal effectively with professionals across the firm and externally

Personal attributes

  • Dedicated to exceptional client service
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills, coupled with good business awareness
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and drive
  • You will be a team player and sociable
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • The ability to prioritise and multi-task, particularly when working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • A methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy

The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

Company

Looking for a firm where you can realise your potential and build a rewarding career? Then apply yourself at Dentons.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, with more than 12,000 lawyers and professionals. It is a force for innovation and change in the commercial legal market today.

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways.

Global and local market forces are rapidly changing the practice of law. Clients expect high-quality, seamless service delivered faster, cheaper and better everywhere. Globalisation and the corresponding desire to protect cultural identity are creating challenges and opportunities for law firms around the world. By joining Dentons, you can help us meet these challenges.

Our vision is to be the law firm of the future, right now. Our strategy is to grow, integrate and reinvent our business. You have the opportunity to help build the law firm of the future and be a part of the strategy that gets us there.

Who do we hire?

One of the things that makes Dentons unique is our polycentric approach: we have no one global headquarters and no dominant national culture. That means that, here in the UK and Ireland, we have colleagues performing all functions of the Firm. We not only hire qualified lawyers and other fee earners, but also the full suite of business support professionals.

Our UK and Ireland core values are important to us – "Always Human", "Stronger Together", "Here to Win". This helps to shape our culture and how we work with each other, our clients and our communities.

At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of the Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success. You can read more about what we are doing to achieve this on our Inclusion & Diversity pages.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively. If you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

We are a truly global law firm and, as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Why should you join the Firm?

We provide innovative solutions to our clients by attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. At Dentons, you will develop your skills and knowledge in an open and supportive environment. You will be both stretched and challenged. You will experience an international network that fosters a collegiality unmatched at other firms.

We are proud of the achievements of our Firm members, both professionally and within our wider communities.

Helping our clients prosper and grow is what Dentons is all about. We focus on meeting the evolving needs of our clients in virtually every sector. We care about the long-term success of each one of our clients and strive to build a trust-based partnership.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop their potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels. Our award-winning Talent & Development team has access to a wealth of resources to support you throughout your career at Dentons. With these, and our formal developmental packages, we will help you to achieve your career goals.

What benefits and support are available?

Dentons understands the need to retain quality employees, which is why the Firm offers a huge range of employee benefits. From health insurance and critical illness cover, to gym membership and income protection, employees and their loved ones are well looked after at Dentons. Dentons has an in-house counsellor and fully trained mental health first aiders.

In light of the increasing numbers of working parents with dependent children, and other caring responsibilities, Dentons provides support for loved ones through a Parents & Carers network and resources such as My Family Care and Cityparents.

Where in the UK and Ireland are we based?

We have offices across the UK: London, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Aberdeen and also in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, a growing number of our roles are for remote workers based anywhere in the UK. The description of each position details where the successful hire can be based.

The way we work

At Dentons the way we work is built on trust, empowerment and all round flexibility. With diversity at our core, our approaches to work are as varied as we are. We support our staff to be their best selves, helping them make the right choices in where and how we work in order to deliver the very highest level of service to our clients, ensuring we are able to carry out our roles in their widest sense to support our teams, our personal development and our own preferences.

We have worked with, and listened to, all of our employees and now have three recognized ways of working. These categories are as follows;

Office based - Office based workers are those who need to be in the office every day as their physical presence is intrinsically linked to their specific role, this applies to a small proportion of our workforce/teams.

Virtual workers – Our virtual workers have no need to attend an office and as such, are fully remote. We have successfully implemented this model across both our Legal Delivery Centre and ARC real estate teams. Members of these teams are provided with all necessary equipment and an allowance to create a workspace in their own home and won't be expected to come to an office. At the moment all virtual workers must be in the based in UK.

Hybrid workers – For the majority of our workforce we have implemented a hybrid model whereby there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days they must work from an office location. Instead we give them the freedom to decide with their team how efficiently and effectively they can deliver the best service to our clients, work with our colleagues and progress their own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. Each hybrid worker is given an allowance to create a workspace in their own home.

At Dentons, we are always open to improvement and challenging ourselves so should you have a current way of working that is different to our model then please let us know at the application stage and we would love to discuss it with you!

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Website
Telephone
+44(0) 20 7242 1212
Location
One Fleet Place
London
EC4M 7RA
United Kingdom
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