Paralegal

Experience level: Entry level
Term: Contract
Duration: 1 year
Working hours: Full-time (09:30 - 17:30)
Reports to: Toni Vitale, Head of Department
Team: Regulation, Data and Information
Location: London
The firm

Winckworth Sherwood truly believes in hiring great people, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential and ultimately deliver a great client experience. So what does this mean in practice?

We take the time to listen to our clients, constantly seeking opportunities to improve our service. We recruit people who share this vision.

The firm prides itself on looking after its employees and nurturing talent. Testament to this is the fact that many of our people, both in legal and support roles, have been with us for ten, twenty or even thirty years.

We recognise that people play a key part in our success and as a result we are committed to their development and well-being. We actively encourage a healthy work-life balance and flexibility, keeping our people motivated and stimulated to deliver great things.

We think our location gives the firm a different feel to many others you’ll find on the opposite side of the Thames. Overlooking the City of London from the south bank, we are situated in the midst of Borough Market and London Bridge; an exciting, vibrant location to work in, reflecting the culture of our firm.

The role

A junior regulatory lawyer (paralegal / CILEX or equivalent) to support the team’s work in advising on data protection, procurement and state aid, financial services regulation and governance. The position might suit an LPC or BPTC graduate eager to gain experience in data protection and regulatory law or a person who has some experience advising on regulatory issues in an in-house context. We would also welcome candidates approaching the end of a training contract who may wish to join us as a newly qualified solicitor.

This is a 12 month contract (with the possibility of becoming permanent).

The team

The core team is made up of two partners: Toni Vitale (Head of Department) and Jon Baldwin. 

4 – 6 other fee earners regularly advise on GDPR and data protection related matters from the perspective of specific sectors such as education, or issues such as cyber security and reputation management, and employment.

Client base and type of work

Typical work will include advising clients on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) including updating terms and conditions and policies, negotiating data sharing and data processing agreements breach handling and responding to ICO investigations, together with a variety of other regulatory matters, including procurement, state aid, consumer credit, FCA regulations, anti-money laundering, freedom of information, charity and public-sector governance and consumer law.

There is also some general commercial work such as deeds of variations, services agreements, review of commercial T&Cs etc (not just for regulatory or data protection issues)

Client base:

  • Public-sector and regulated third-sector clients including the many local authorities and housing associations, together with major infrastructure operators such as Associated British Ports, HS2, Network Rail, Rail Safety Standards Board;
  • Businesses with complex data protection requirements, such as regulated financial service providers and professional services organisations.
  • Not for profit organisations including charities and religious organisations
Aims of the department

To deliver an expert service providing high quality, specialist advice at rates that are highly competitive with the City.

Raise our internal cross-selling profile and opportunities as well as the team’s external profile for data protection and regulatory through quality of service and networking.

Candidate specification
  • A sound understanding of data protection, regulatory, company, commercial and contract law principles with the ability to navigate a complex regulatory environment and efficiently distil and provide legal advice in a clear, effective and pragmatic manner. As an entry-level role, experience in all of our practice areas is less important than a willingness to learn and to take on new technically complex areas of work and being able to demonstrate a high attention to detail. As a department, we help clients face a constantly-changing regulatory landscape, so adaptability is key.
  • To be able to articulate complex legal requirements in a clear, confident and approachable fashion, with exemplary communication skills with clients, colleagues and support staff alike;
  • Sensible organisation skills and self-motivation to prioritise tasks in a busy practice with competing pressures on multiple transactions to ensure excellent client service.
  • A willingness to be involved in business development including participating in events, writing articles and bulletins and proactively identifying new innovative opportunities.