• About Clifford Chance

    Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; and litigation and dispute resolution.

    In February 2018 Clifford Chance acquired the Newcastle business of CAS, Carillion Advice Services, an award-winning provider of paralegal and commodity managed legal services. The team in Newcastle is the perfect complement to the firm's work, ensuring that knowledge, resources, processes and technology are deployed effectively to support our clients. Their skills and expertise are already in great demand, so we are looking to recruit additional people to join the highly experienced, innovative and client-centric team in Newcastle.

    Clifford Chance is looking to recruit a Senior Paralegal, to join the Newcastle department to provide support including supervisory, quality assurance and project management to a specified team within the department.

    Working in a team supporting a number of paralegals who work on a range of transactions, you will be required to provide supervision to the paralegals on all aspects of the delivery of the project as well as fee-earning to support the referring practice from CC London

  • Job description

    Senior Paralegal



    Key Responsibilities of the Senior Paralegal:

    The Senior Paralegal will work under the supervision of the department's Operations Managers, the Head of Operations and the instructing lawyer and will be responsible for a range of tasks including the following:

    • Providing supervision and guidance to the paralegals
    • Carrying out quality assurance exercises to ensure the quality of the work completed by paralegals
    • Providing feedback and coaching paralegals 
    • Carrying out some line management responsibilities as required
    • Managing legal projects
    • Preparing precedents and guidance
    • Drafting certain transaction documents and letters
    • Using technology such as Kira and Relativity to supplement the completion of legal work

    You will also be required to fee-earn, completing a range of legal tasks such as:

    • Drafting corporate legal review summaries and reports using the firm's standard reporting templates
    • Assisting with reviewing and tagging documents for responsiveness to regulatory questions posed by the Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory bodies
    • Preparing schedules to reflect draft amendments to legislation and incorporating addenda to existing client contracts to comply with regulatory changes
    • Reviewing loan/financing documentation for specific provisions within the context of transactions and providing analysis on complex contractual clauses
    • Building due diligence questionnaires into the firm's virtual data room site, CC Connect, and carrying out validation and testing to ensure that the questionnaire is fit for project requirements
    • Drafting letters and/or regulatory filings, employee and shareholder notifications arising out of contractual or M&A reporting obligations
    • Summarising responses to requests for arbitration and counterclaims from counterparties in disputes.

    Skills & Experience:

    The Senior Paralegal candidate will possess the following skills:

    • You will have strong academics and ideally will be a graduate
    • Proven paralegal experience
    • A talent for leading and managing people, ideally paralegals
    • The ability to provide constructive feedback and be a proficient coach
    • Quality checking work
    • To assist with the development of the paralegal population
    • The ability to work under pressure
    • Work under minimal supervision and be proactive and hardworking
    • Strong writing ability
    • Have a flexible attitude to work
    • Detail oriented and have strong analytical skills
    • Be organised and efficient, and be proficient in delivering multiple tasks to deadline every time
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Very strong interpersonal skills
  • If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you

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  • Equal Opportunities

    It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.