Paralegal

Paralegal

Your portal for paralegal jobs in the UK and beyond 

With over 30 years’ experience and a wealth of legal market knowledge between them, our Paralegal team are expertly placed to advise you on permanent, fixed term contract and temporary paralegal and legal executives roles. Our client base spans the US, City, national, regional, West End and boutique law firms, as well as a diverse selection of in-house clients from banks and financial institutions to media networks and production companies. 

Whether you are a career paralegal, contractor, legal executive or an overseas qualified lawyer who is hoping to gain UK experience, we will listen to your needs and requirements and tailor our search for you.

As experienced consultants, we are in the best position to advise you on your next career choice. We will help you revise your CV to represent you in the best way possible. We will talk you through the recruitment process and give you guidance and advice on the market as well as interview tips and support.

Read our blog: Perfectly positioning yourself to obtain the elusive training contract

It’s no secret that the majority of law graduates, especially those who have completed the LPC are all after the same thing…………. the elusive training contract. And yes it can be quite hard to secure.

Since 2010 (when the UK was in the grips of an economic recession) all five magic circle players have gradually reduced their trainee lawyer intake. Anglo-German firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw its UK training contract offering drop from around 95 in 2010, to just 80 this year. Meanwhile, Allen & Overy — which took on around 85 trainees this year — offered in excess of 120 training contracts pre-recession. Linklaters, which currently offers around 110 training contracts annually according to Legal Cheek’s Most List, used to provide almost 140 trainee lawyer positions in 2010. Finally, Slaughter and May, which offered almost 90 training contracts back in 2010, recruited less than 80 trainee lawyers last year. *

These statistics don’t make for easy reading for the ever increasing numbers of law graduates, but fear not, there is hope!

I specialise in Paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive recruitment and have done this for over 8 years. My team and I cover a large geographical region encompassing most of the South of England and we have good news! I can report that many of the regional law firms I work with on a day to day basis are close to returning to pre-recession trainee numbers.

With both solicitor and paralegal roles, we are currently in a job rich, candidate short market and many law firms are realising it is vital for them to grow (and retain) their own talent to maintain a quality work force. I have been working with many clients for the last decade and placed a number of paralegals at firms where they have become trainees.  This has also given me a good insight into the differing approaches some firms take to internal and external trainee applications. Read more...

Read our blog: Law Graduates – tips on how to tackle the tough job market in 2017

If you are an aspiring solicitor, you may well have spent many hours labouring away on lengthy training contract applications, but have found that you just aren’t getting anywhere. Despite the UK seeing a recent boost in the number of training contracts compared to previous years, these figures are still very far from the yearly number of people graduating with a law degree.

With both my personal and professional hats on, I’ve come up with a list of things that you might not have considered, that could increase your chances of success.

1. Securing a permanent role as a paralegal
One excellent way to increase your chances of a training contract is to work as a paralegal. Applying to paralegal positions confirms your interest in law firms and proves to them that you are dead set on a legal career. There is a definite trend in firms preferring trainees who have gained valuable experience as a paralegal beforehand (refer to my colleague David Bloom’s blog of 1 December 16). One reason for this is because after gaining practical experience, you’ll be far more productive from the very first day of your training contract. All law firms are focusing on efficiency and productivity these days. Many paralegals decide to pursue a training contract at the firm they are currently working at. Although the recruitment process for training contracts is typically the same for internal and external candidates, the knowledge of the firm and the skills that you learnt during your employment as a paralegal, should give you the edge over candidates without these skills or knowledge. If, as the majority of paralegals do, you apply for a training contract at a different firm you will still have an advantage over others that don’t have this crucial experience.

As a paralegal you should try to get fully involved in the firm’s pro bono activities so you meet a broad range of individuals, both clients and other lawyers, and as a result you will have more to talk about in your training contract applications and interviews.

Moreover, paralegal experience may even enable you to gain solicitor status via the Solicitors Regulation Authority equivalent means initiative, provided you complete the LPC (but with no need to secure a training contract!). Again see more details of this route to qualification in my colleague Claire Watt’s blog on 8th September ‘16. Read more...

Contact us if you’d like to talk through any of our latest opportunities.
Briony

Briony Barber-Wood (currently on maternity leave)

Manager - South West

Claire Watt

Claire Watt

Associate - North/Midlands

Emily Lonsdale

Emily Lonsdale

Associate - Bristol

Sarah Boxall

Sarah Boxall

Associate - South East/Midlands