Closing date: 26/01/2018
Experience level: Intermediate
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday)
Team: Construction
Location: Birmingham
The firm

Shoosmiths - UK Law Firm of the Year Winner at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2015.

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our construction and engineering team advises on all aspects of legal construction matters, from strategic advice on procurement and institutional and market expectations at project inception, to contentious aspects of projects during and after the completion of a project. The team of five partners and ten other qualified lawyers, from senior associates to paralegals, helps clients across the industry, including developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, public authorities, higher education bodies and funding and letting entities. We advise on development work, major infrastructure projects, remediation contracts and process plant and power generation projects. We also advise clients on disputed issues, and act in adjudication, Technology and Construction Court actions, and arbitration and mediation.

Main responsibilities
  • Assisting the legal advisors in the department with various Construction matters, with the emphasis on non-contentious work
  • Document production, amending, tracking and producing agreements
  • Printing and binding final documents
  • Communicating effectively and confidently with clients
  • Recording time and working towards billing targets set within the Construction team.
  • Provide wider Admin support as and when required
  • Assisting with various other tasks as required.
Skills and qualifications
  • Preferably Degree and LPC or ILEX qualified.
  • 6 months plus previous paralegal experience ideally within Construction or similar area
  • Excellent client care skills.
  • Self confidence and ability to demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to grasp things quickly and easily.
  • Enthusiastic with a positive, can do attitude.
  • Good working knowledge of various applications – word, excel, outlook, digital dictation.
  • Taking care and attention into all correspondence and documentation.
  • Flexible with the ability to adapt to change, new practices and remain calm under pressure and find solutions.
  • Excellent presentation skills reflected in their work.
  • A methodical and organised approach with keen attention paid to every detail.
  • Good organisational skills to ensure that the tasks are effectively scheduled within working time available, and that urgent work is completed and returned within the specified timescales.
  • Friendly and helpful approach to dealing with queries.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to integrate within a team as well as working on ones own initiative.
  • Ability to deliver a quality service to both internal and external clients.
Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.