Paralegal - Employment (12 Month Contract)

Baker & McKenzie
South East England
17 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
The Team

Our London team consists of more than 30 dedicated employment lawyers. We also work closely with our dedicated group of Employee Benefits lawyers and our Pensions Department. Working with both HR and in-house legal teams on day to day employment queries forms a significant part of our practice. Our lawyers also have recognised leading edge technical capabilities in areas such as discrimination, collective rights and workplace change (including TUPE, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, outsourcing, collective consultation, trade union issues and EWCs), litigation in the employment tribunals and appellate courts, High Court litigation and data privacy.

We are known for being commercial advisers with the experience and knowledge to deliver cost-effective, decisive and pragmatic advice. Our consistent first tier ranking in the legal directories reflects our determination to deliver the best possible results and outcomes for our clients. We achieve this by investing in development of our team of outstanding individuals, maintaining our leading edge expertise and working in close partnership with our clients. We believe our broad client base enables us to bring a different perspective and give more rounded advice to employers across different sectors.

The Role

We are looking for a Paralegal to join the highly regarded Employment Department at Baker & McKenzie LLP on a 12 month contract. There is the opportunity that this role may be made permanent.

The successful applicant will be supporting the Employment Department in London and must possess a strong client service focus enabling you to interact well with both external and internal clients at all levels.

It is essential that the successful applicant has gained paralegal experience, from a professional services environment, ideally within a law firm. We are looking for someone to join the team who has a very strong work ethic and a genuine interest in this area of law.

Please note that this role is a Paralegal position and is not an entry route to complete a training contract or professional qualification with Baker & McKenzie. The two recruitment processes are completely separate.


Bundling and support indexing
Creating charts
Document review
Preparing summaries and reports
File management and some billing administration
Assisting with preparation for seminars and publications
Liaising with third party providers (e.g. e-disclosure providers)
Assisting with fee tracking
Assisting other fee earners in the department as and when required

Job Holder Requirements


Degree qualification or equivalent


Prior experience as a paralegal working in professional services, ideally legal. Experience with e-disclosure is preferred, although not essential.

Core Competencies

High work standards
Excellent writing skills
Strong attention to detail
Excellent organisational and problem solving skills
Ability to confidently deal with demanding situations, people and requirements.
Ability to analyse numbers
Strong document management skills
Strong client service orientation
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and online research tools.
Flexible and efficient work practices and ability to adapt style as required
Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines and manage own caseload
Good communication skills, including the ability to liaise with people across the business
Ability to work well in both a team and individually
Keen to develop and use initiative
Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm

The Firm

Please click here to see a video introducing our Firm.

Baker & McKenzie is a truly global law firm. We have more offices in more locations than any other law firm and most of our work has an international dimension.

Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. We're aided in this by our culture- we call it Fluency- which describes how we work, think and behave when we are at our best. Fluency encourages high performance in a collaborative and fulfilling way. Every person in the firm is measured in line with Fluency.

In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker & McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. More than any other firm we can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of one of the world's leading law firms but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2014: Ranked 3rd Most Innovative Firm in Europe
The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15: currently ranked 80th
Chambers Global 2015: More lawyer and practice group rankings than any other firm globally
The Lawyer European Awards 2015: International Firm of the Year
The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016: currently ranked 57th
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2016: currently ranked 11th

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