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Paralegal / Support Lawyer - German speaking - Contract


Linklaters
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Lawyer Jobs
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Purpose

* Paralegals provide dedicated matter support and assistance.
* Ensure projects and tasks are completed accurately, on time and to the ultimate clients’ satisfaction.
* To deliver optimal client and commercial benefit in line with the Firm’s efficiency drive.

Key Dimensions

* UK based, but able to provide global matter support.
* Occasionally expected to be on call 24/7 during busy periods.
* Member of the Legal Team, working with the Practice and Business Services functions to achieve client led deadlines.
* Possesses an eagerness to see the job through to completion and displays strong communication, ownership and time management skills.
* Sufficient gravitas and experience to work effectively with more senior colleagues including Partners, Managing Associates and Clients.

Key responsibilities and challenges

Legal Knowledge

Assistance on specific projects requiring specific legal training and knowledge, including, but not limited to:

* Undertaking document and audio review in dispute resolution, contentious matters and investigations, and understanding relevant legal concepts and processes
* Ensure successful delivery of e-disclosure tasks/projects
* Assisting with electronic court filings and court runs
* Undertaking weekly Bloomberg searches (a court proceedings search tool)
* Assistance with case preparation and witness interview preparation
* Preparing trial bundles
* Assistance with the review and redaction of documents
* Legal research
* Initial drafting of various legal documents and correspondence, including statements of case and disclosure reports
* Taking instructions from the practice on, and completing, miscellaneous ad hoc tasks as required

IT Awareness

Ability to use IT solutions that are aligned to the requirements of the practice, including:

* E-disclosure review platforms
* Legal research tools

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Character

* Ability to work within a pressurised environment;
* Willingness to work long hours where there is the requirement to do so
* Strong attention to detail (especially on time consuming and repetitive tasks
* Imaginative, highly motivated and driven to excel
* Team player but able to work autonomously where necessary
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Demonstrates strong commitment to maintaining high levels of customer service
* Approachable and willing to learn new skills and take on responsibility
* Appreciation of the culturally diverse environment in which the firm operates

Education / Qualification

Law degree or equivalent and LPC/BPTC or Qualified Lawyer

Language: Fluent in English AND German

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
Purpose

* Paralegals provide dedicated matter support and assistance.
* Ensure projects and tasks are completed accurately, on time and to the ultimate clients’ satisfaction.
* To deliver optimal client and commercial benefit in line with the Firm’s efficiency drive.

Key Dimensions

* UK based, but able to provide global matter support.
* Occasionally expected to be on call 24/7 during busy periods.
* Member of the Legal Team, working with the Practice and Business Services functions to achieve client led deadlines.
* Possesses an eagerness to see the job through to completion and displays strong communication, ownership and time management skills.
* Sufficient gravitas and experience to work effectively with more senior colleagues including Partners, Managing Associates and Clients.

Key responsibilities and challenges

Legal Knowledge

Assistance on specific projects requiring specific legal training and knowledge, including, but not limited to:

* Undertaking document and audio review in dispute resolution, contentious matters and investigations, and understanding relevant legal concepts and processes
* Ensure successful delivery of e-disclosure tasks/projects
* Assisting with electronic court filings and court runs
* Undertaking weekly Bloomberg searches (a court proceedings search tool)
* Assistance with case preparation and witness interview preparation
* Preparing trial bundles
* Assistance with the review and redaction of documents
* Legal research
* Initial drafting of various legal documents and correspondence, including statements of case and disclosure reports
* Taking instructions from the practice on, and completing, miscellaneous ad hoc tasks as required

IT Awareness

Ability to use IT solutions that are aligned to the requirements of the practice, including:

* E-disclosure review platforms
* Legal research tools

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Character

* Ability to work within a pressurised environment;
* Willingness to work long hours where there is the requirement to do so
* Strong attention to detail (especially on time consuming and repetitive tasks
* Imaginative, highly motivated and driven to excel
* Team player but able to work autonomously where necessary
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Demonstrates strong commitment to maintaining high levels of customer service
* Approachable and willing to learn new skills and take on responsibility
* Appreciation of the culturally diverse environment in which the firm operates

Education / Qualification

Law degree or equivalent and LPC/BPTC or Qualified Lawyer

Language: Fluent in English AND German

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
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