Skip navigation
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
You are here: Job Search - Communication, Legal

Proof Reader

Company Gowling WLG Location Birmingham
Contract Permanent Position Salary
Sector(s) Communication, Legal

Job Description

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do''

 Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

Main Purpose of the Job

A position has arisen for a professional proofreader to support the Real Estate Group. The position requires someone with a mature outlook with previous business experience. There is a need for self-motivation and an ability to work on their own initiative with little supervision. The proofreader will be required to concentrate for lengthy periods of time on repetitive tasks. A methodical approach and a keen eye for detail will be required as well as sound judgement and a strong command of the English language. Clear communication skills are essential in the form of handwriting and discussing recommendations/suggestions with fee earners of all levels.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To check the quality and integrity of our documents.
  • To read copy documents against each other to ensure that they contain all the agreed terms and conditions.
  • To check cross referencing and numbering to eradicate mistakes.
  • To spot any ambiguities and any problems with sense, spelling, punctuation, style and grammar.
  • To ensure that documents are presented in the correct housestyle.
  • To compare and contrast different documents with each other and to identify any discrepancies between them.
  • Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner or the Practice Operations Manager
Key skills and experience

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Open and honest interpersonal skills.
  • Attended either the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) or Publishing Training Centre short form course (desirable).
  • Two years' professional office experience.
  • Ability to build good working relationships across the group Partners, fee earners and PAs with the ability to communicate confidently and effectively.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and other systems implemented by the firm.
  • Self-motivated, able to work on own initiative, methodical, excellent attention to detail, flexible.

There will be a short proof reading test as part of the interview process for this role.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


How to Apply

In order to apply for this job, please Sign In/Create Account.