Paralegal 12 month FTC remote
Department: Legal Delivery Centre
Location: Virtual Working
Duration: 12 Month FTC (possibility of move to permanent)
Reports to: Partner (Head of LDC), LDC Operations Team Manager and LDC Team Leader
Reference no: 5633
Our Legal Delivery Centre (LDC) is a flexible and scalable paralegal resource for use across all of our UK, Ireland and Middle East offices and across the full spectrum of legal services. Meeting the ever-increasing demands for disaggregated legal services, the LDC offers an exciting opportunity for development and the chance to undertake chargeable work that is varied, challenging and engaging. This is a great opportunity to join a growing team that is integral to the firm's strategy, whilst benefiting from working both virtually and flexibly – anyone located near to one of our UK offices is welcome to attend that office.
Dentons offers fabulous opportunities for paralegals – it won the 2019 and 2020 National Paralegal Awards Best Law Firm for Paralegal Development and was a finalist in 2021, and was commended in the Best Paralegal Business of the Year category in 2023. LDC paralegals won the Best Newcomer/Young Practitioner of the Year category in 2022 and 2023.
Dentons is embracing the Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) route to qualification. Not only can your work experience count towards Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) but for successful internal applicants we are also offering a unique opportunity for development, including financial sponsorship, through our QualiFLY programme. QualiFLY is an enhanced 2-year programme designed to provide the business with a pipeline of exceptional talent whilst ensuring that the experience and training gained by the paralegal is comparable to the more traditional training contract route.
This is a great opportunity to join a growing team that is integral to the firm's strategy, whilst benefiting from being able to work virtually and flexibly. We welcome applications from across the UK for those seeking an alternative experience.
We are presently looking for a bright, ambitious and enthusiastic paralegal to join our team of derivatives-focused paralegals within our LDC. The LDC offers an exciting opportunity for development and the chance to undertake work that is varied, challenging and engaging. Predominantly dedicated to supporting the Derivatives Team within the firm's Banking group, this role offers excellent, high-quality paralegal experience together with exposure across the firm and to some of the firm's major clients.
Whilst this is a virtual role with no expectation or requirement that you attend any of our office locations (save for business-critical needs), for those proximate to one of our locations and wanting to experience the office environment and meet our hybrid teams, there is also the opportunity to attend our UK offices – London, Milton Keynes, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Subject to location, there is therefore the opportunity to join the Derivatives Team in our London office from time to time.
You will work as part of a team to deliver paralegal support to our Derivatives Team. This will include:
- Negotiating and drafting master agreements and ancillary documents for securities.
- lending, repo and derivatives (GMRA, GMSLA and ISDA).
- Conducting legal due diligence.
- Liaising with clients and counterparties in a timely, courteous and professional manner.
- Managing client tracking tables using Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Drafting emails and correspondence on behalf of fee earners.
- Undertaking legal research.
- Providing administrative support to fee earners.
- Filing and maintaining correspondence and documentation.
Through newly established ways of working, including an increased emphasis on technological solutions, you will be supported in taking full ownership of key tasks, giving you direct responsibility. Our approach is to create a supportive remote 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 with the Derivatives Team and our clients. The team has a strong teamwork ethic and a first-class internal and external client management approach. It is essential that candidates are able to work well within a team and are committed to developing both personally and professionally. A determination to deliver high-quality focused services is essential as is maintaining and developing both internal and external client relationships.
Successful candidates will be people with energy and enthusiasm, working hard to provide the highest levels of service whilst at the same time valuing having fun being part of a supportive and collegiate team.
Required experience, skills and attributes
- Minimum of three A levels at grade A, or equivalent.
- A qualification in law, minimum 2.1 (Degree, Graduate Diploma in Law).
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel and Outlook).
- Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to work to very tight deadlines.
- Ability to organise, prioritise and multi-task.
- Ability to work accurately with excellent attention to detail.
- Demonstrate drive and initiative.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with the confidence to deal effectively with Partners and professionals across the firm and our clients.
- Ability and willingness to be flexible.
- Able to work well in a team.
Desired but not essential experience, skills and attributes
- LPC (or equivalent), SQE 1.
- Previous paralegal experience.
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.
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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.
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Required degree level
- Law degree/GDL/CILEX level 6 or equivalent
Years of experience
- no work experience required