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Paralegal - Employment

Employer
Trowers & Hamlins
Location
Manchester, Exeter or Birmingham
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
28 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

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 160 partners and 950 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Asia, 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.

The Employment Team

People are our biggest asset. It's their talent, expertise and personality that makes the firm what it is.  In the lateral recruitment team, it is our mission to attract and hire the best, at all levels and in all locations.  

Specialising in employment and pensions – we help organisations and businesses manage change, head off issues and tackle problems with pragmatic advice and progressive thinking. We were Employment Law Firm of the year 2020 and have been shortlisted again in 2022. We're a personable and friendly team.

Our employment law experts can help businesses build workplaces fit for the future of work and develop effective people strategies and solutions to help your business grow.

Our team has the breadth and depth of employment, pensions and immigration law. Our clients are varied across corporate businesses and charities and third sector, but they all benefit from our diverse public and private sector experience, specialist technical expertise and sector knowledge.

Our pension clients include trustees and employees of pension schemes large and small. And our employment team count PLCs, charities, private businesses, registered providers and organisations across the not-for-profit landscape. Fluent in sectors and industries, we are expert in helping our clients to navigate from one to the other.

Dealing with potential deficits, identifying risks and finding ways to reduce them remain a priority for the pensions industry and our focus for our clients. Employers in all sectors face continuing pressure from litigation since the scrapping of fees. And many clients are concerned about the changes in employer’s obligations, changes in the nature of work and growing issues in recruitment and retention. Our role is to guide them through challenging times, head off and solve problems, and deliver peace of mind.

Our major focus is on working with employers, but we do occasionally act for senior executives. Whoever our clients are, we always deliver sound strategic advice on implementing business changes, help understanding their impact and strategies to reduce and avoid risk. Pragmatic and down-to-earth, you can rely on us to give a clear picture of all the available options and a firm recommendation of what to do for the best.

Many of our client relationships are long established and enduring. But we are always ready to work with new organisations and take on new challenges. Adaptable and accessible, we work with each unique client to establish their priorities, assess their situation and offer tailored advice.

Trusted to work on the most complex corporate and organisational restructurings, we are proud of our ability to make a tangible difference. Well respected across the pensions industry and the employment arena, other firms often refer to our specialist advice.

What you'll be doing

We have an established national employment practice. As a result of increasing workloads, we are seeking to appoint an additional Paralegal into one of these offices.

The role will support on a range of Employment law work varying in scale and complexity. Specifically, it will involve supporting in fee-earning, administrative and marketing capacities:

Assisting the team with advising a mixed client base of commercial and public sector clients on a broad range of employment matters;

  • Advising on employment matters both in writing and by telephone;
  • Assisting the team negotiate settlements with opposing parties and advising clients on this subject
  • Preparing trial bundles, disclosure, ensuring key dates are diarised, liaising with witnesses, counterparties and the Tribunal, drafting pleadings and witness statements, briefing counsel and attendance at Courts and tribunals;
  • Providing support with drafting contracts, policies and agreements, researching and drafting conference/briefing papers, and ad hoc administration;
  • Preparing reports to clients;
  • Note taking and taking minutes;
  • Filing of documents, correspondence and other documentation;
  • File opening, archiving and billing;
  • Maintaining records of the teams ongoing Tribunal claims;
  • Assisting the team with data protection advice and assisting in responding to subject access requests;
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
  • Participating in firm-wide, office and departmental training sessions;
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
  • Conducting legal research and undertaking factual investigation;
  • Assisting with general document and matter management;
  • Occasional support for the pensions department;
  • Completing first drafts of internal newssheets and draft bulletins and guides for clients;
  • Dealing with ad-hoc queries and requests from the department e.g., research/finding articles, dealing with library queries; and
  • Business development administration - assisting with the preparation and follow up work in relation to seminars, populating and maintaining databases such as interaction and mailing lists for e-bulletins e-briefings and seminars;

What you'll need

The firm has a competency framework for paralegals and in particular for this role we require:

  • Strong technical skills;
  • Client focus;
  • Drive and enthusiasm.
  • Team based approach;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Ability to work to deadlines;
  • Strong communication skills (both spoken and written) including the ability to write in plain English;
  • Must be a team player;
  • IT, numeracy, analytical skills;
  • Enthusiasm to work in a professional and friendly team and
  • Good interpersonal skills, presenting and client facing skills.
  • Excellent academic record;
  • LLB/GDL/LPC graduate;

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.

Company

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff located 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.

Find Us
Website
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7423 8000
Location
3 Bunhill Row
London
EC1Y 8YZ
GB
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