As the nation’s capital, London has a lot of appeal for many to live and work. As one of the world’s key centres for both business and finance, there is also a high concentration of legal firms as well as companies with their own legal departments, ideal for anyone looking for paralegal jobs.
The abundance of law firms means a huge range of job possibilities for paralegals in London. You could find yourself providing support to lawyers in a large international or magic circle law firm or a smaller high street or boutique law office.
As a paralegal, jobs are not limited to law firms. The range of businesses in London means there are many opportunities for in-house paralegal work. Public sector and not-for-profit organisations also have a need for paralegals to assist within busy legal divisions. This diversity means you could find yourself working in any aspect of legal work, from conveyancing to dispute resolution, or employment to family law.
How Much Does a Paralegal Make in London?
According to a 2022 report by Totally Legal1, the average salary for paralegals in London is £32,075. This can vary quite widely depending on the type of business. In-house paralegal jobs tend to attract higher salaries than those in law firms.
Living costs in London
London is notoriously expensive, but housing costs vary depending on the borough. In a central location rent can be over £2,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and up to £4,000 for a 3 bed home. If you live further out, for example Croydon or Bromley, you may only pay around £1,400 a month for a similar one bed property, or £2,500 for three bedrooms2. Council tax rates are surprisingly low in central London. In Chelsea, 2023 rates are £1,420 a year for a band D property, while out in Croydon they are £1,590.
Wherever you live in London, you will likely use public transport to get to work each day. The best option is usually a Travelcard which is valid for unlimited travel on all forms of transport. For zone 1 it costs £156 a month, increasing up to £285 a month for zones 1-6.
Things to Do in London
Being a paralegal in London means you don’t have to head straight home at the end of a day at the office. A city full of history and culture, music and theatre, bars and restaurants there is always something to do outside of work.
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city, then London is for you. With one of the largest public transport networks in the world, getting around London is relatively easy so you can explore, take in the sights, and experience the lifestyle. Busy shopping streets, lively bars and multicultural markets offer plenty to keep you occupied, or if you enjoy quieter pastimes, London also has many green spaces where you can relax and take a break from city life. There are also a multitude of museums and art galleries to visit or if you are a theatre, music, or sports lover, then you are well placed to see some of the best productions and events in the world.
London is home to six major train stations providing access to all parts of the country for an easy get away at the weekend.
Paralegal Job Vacancies in London
There are over 130 law firms in London, combined with the many businesses and organisations that have their own legal department, paralegals can find all kinds of roles based in the capital. At Chadwick Nott we also place candidates in paralegal jobs throughout the Home Counties and across the South East. See our current vacancies here.
How Can Chadwick Nott Help?
The expertise of our London recruitment team means we can assist with all aspects of your search for a paralegal job in the city. We work with a wide selection of law firms, businesses and organisations across the capital, giving us plenty of scope to match candidates with suitable legal jobs.
Previously we have placed successful candidates in senior and junior paralegal roles in sectors including residential conveyancing, clinical negligence, banking and insurance. The consultants in our London office live and work in the city themselves, so are well placed to offer advice and support if you are considering making the move to London.
To find out more about paralegal jobs in London, Contact a member of the team.
1. Cumming, E. 2022. Totally Legal Paralegal Job Description. [Online]. [26 June 2023]. Available from: https://www.totallylegal.com/article/paralegal-job-description
2. Numbeo. 2023. Cost of Living in London. [Online]. [26 June 2023]. Available from: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/London