Job Title: Paralegal Apprentice
Practice group: Commercial / Insurance
Apprenticeship qualification to be undertaken (and level if known): BPP Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship (Level 3 / 4)
Duration: 24 months
Weekly Wage: £348.75 (£18,135 p.a.) – living wage employer
Hours of work: 37.5 (including 20% of week as protected learning)
Description of the company:
We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients, and have been listed a one of the UK's top 20 law firms. Led by Managing Partner & CEO Andrew Leaitherland, we have over 31 key locations and over 3,900 people delivering services and solutions that go beyond expectations.
Main function of job:
We are looking for a number of Paralegal Apprentices to provide legal and admin support in our Insurance and Commercial practice within the following team(s): Managed Services, Motor and Litigation or Catastrophic Personal Injury & Occupational Health in the Manchester and Liverpool office. In your role, you will learn to assist with legal matters, transactions, client requests and colleague demands. You will gradually be exposed to more complex legal work throughout the two-year apprenticeship, and will work alongside paralegals, solicitors, managers and partners.
The ideal candidate will have completed their A Levels and be interested in pursuing a career in law. We are looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, who take pride in their work and who are comfortable working at a fast pace. The majority of the role will involve supporting existing members of the team to run efficiently. Candidates must have the capability to communicate effectively and develop strong working relationships. The ideal candidate will also have:
A high level of attention to detail
Strong written and verbal skills and the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels
A positive, enthusiastic and proactive approach to their work
Effective personal organisational and time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple demands and prioritise workloads
Common sense and commerciality
Ability to exercise judgment and use initiative
Confidence with IT systems and databases
Responsible to: Senior Solicitor or Senior Paralegal
Liaison with: Partners, fee earners and non-fee earners at all levels within team, listing clerks, counsel’s clerk and other similar personnel.
The role of a Paralegal Apprentice is varied and may include:
Produce, edit and draft legal documentation and standard forms
Significant liaison with Court Managers, Listing Clerks and Counsel’s Clerks
Minute and note taking at client meetings, settlement negotiations, mediation and court
Cataloguing and collation of documentation for disclosure exercises, trial bundles and instructions to Counsel and experts
Drafting general correspondence and initial drafting of instructions;
Dealing with internal and external client queries via email and phone
Use excel and PowerPoint to produce reports and stats
Management of filing systems and data entry
Assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
Carrying out research
Handling confidential and sensitive information
Understand and utilise basic financial information
Any other administrative tasks, as required
The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the firm.
Minimum qualifications required:
A minimum of five GCSE’s or equivalent at grade C or above including Maths and English. Expecting / obtained a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent at grade C or above.
Future prospects and opportunities:
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, we hope that the majority of apprentices will be able to apply for a permanent position as a paralegal or move onto the solicitor trailblazer apprenticeship (subject to performance and vacancies).
By the end of the apprenticeship, paralegal apprentices will be able to demonstrate that they have an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, be able to undertake legal and factual research and practice good file management.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF
Nurturing talent is very important to us. We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business. We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work. At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.
We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview. We are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.