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Paralegal

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

To offer assistance to the employment team and handle a caseload of, principally, contentious employment work.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working as part of the employment team your responsibilities will include:

  • Running your own caseload of contentious employment matters.
  • Using a case management system to ensure that matters are progressed quickly and efficiently.
  • Drafting relevant Tribunal documentation.
  • Checking, proof reading, preparing and, where necessary, amending documentation.
  • Assisting qualified lawyers within the team, where appropriate, on more complex disputes.
  • Liaising with clients and counsel on the progress of matters.
  • Compliance and billing duties, using the firm’s finance system CMS, to open and close files, archive files and prepare billing guides.
  • Drafting and negotiating simple  but bespoke settlement agreements and assisting lawyers with more complex agreements.
  • Any other reasonable duties delegated by a senior member of the team
Key skills and experience
  • Sound technical / theoretical knowledge of employment law.
  • Experience of handling a caseload of contentious employment work.
  • Experience of using a case-management system, ideally in relation to employment law related work.
  • Experience of working in a legal or other business environment.
  • Experience of dealing with clients either on their own initiative or as part of a team on more complex work.
  • Experience of handling high volume litigation work would be advantageous.
  • Undertaken and, ideally, completed the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Vocational Course.

Competencies:

  • Team player
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Works well under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Sound, basic drafting skills
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.

 

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