Closing date: 06/06/2019
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Corporate
Location: Nottingham
The firm

Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 50 law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country.

As enterprising and original thinkers, we’re driven to create exceptional experiences for our clients and our people. We handle personal and business-critical issues and game-changing deals across many dynamic sectors. It’s stimulating and rewarding.

We’re hardworking and deeply ambitious about creating opportunities for our employees; to move forward and achieve our ambition together. We provide an environment in which you’re supported to reach your potential.

Our people have a blend of excellent technical and business skills with the talent to do things differently.

Here you’ll find top quality work, cutting edge training, high profile clients, and supportive colleagues. We think it could be time you joined us.

The team

Our Corporate and Commercial group undertakes various corporate, commercial, tax, banking and employment work at all levels. Our specialist teams combine unsurpassed expertise with a sound understanding of the corporate landscape to provide exceptional solutions for every aspect of our clients’ corporate and business law requirements.

Our Corporate team act for financial institutions, SME's, owner managed businesses and PLC's on all aspects of corporate transactions. The team has specific experience and expertise in the energy, education, retail, logistics, healthcare and banking sectors. We also advise clients on matters relating to employee ownership. In the last 12 months we have completed more than 200 substantial deals with a large number having an enterprise value ranging from £20 to £50 million. In addition we deal with shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, company formation arrangements and other aspects of corporate life.


The role:

We are looking for a Paralegal to join our Nottingham-based Corporate team, part of the firm’s Corporate Commercial group.

You will provide a mix of fee earning and administrative support to a busy partner dealing with transactional and non-transactional matters.

Your key duties will be:

  • providing a mixture of paralegal and administrative support dealing with all aspects of corporate and also some commercial work
  • assisting with company secretarial services, including preparation of board minutes, Companies House forms and other ancillary documents
  • providing paralegal support on corporate transactions, including document production and assisting with due diligence exercises
  • carrying out post-completion administration
  • opening files and conducting conflict searches
  • assisting with general correspondence

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 6 months’ previous experience in a fee earning or legal support role
  • experience of companies forms and Companies House filing
  • a background knowledge of the Companies Act 2006
  • experience of using case management systems
  • experience of working in a small team in pressurised situations

Key competencies you will need:

  • to be highly organised and able to be flexible during busy periods
  • excellent attention to detail
  • strong IT skills
  • a willingness to work hard with drive and enthusiasm
  • to be respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude

About you – you will be:

  • self motivated and with a desire to succeed
  • tidy, well organized and motivated
  • able to self-manage and take ownership of problems
  • highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership of this

Ideally candidates will have a legal qualification or law degree and be interested to pursue a career in the law.

Additional information

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.