Description

The Role

We currently have a unique opportunity for an experienced Paralegal to join a truly collaborative team on a fixed term contract within our corporate practice.

Candidates should demonstrate paralegal experience from a recognised law firm. We are looking for someone with good analytical and prioritisation skills, ideally with experience of working in an international commercial environment. Candidates who are willing to take real ownership of their career in legal services, manage busy workloads and competing demands from multiple stakeholders are encouraged to apply.

Please note that this role is a Paralegal position and is not an entry route to complete a training contract or professional qualification with Baker & McKenzie. The two recruitment processes are completely separate.

The Team

The Corporate department provides skilled M&A (public and private), capital markets, private equity, projects, reorganisations, and financial services advice, alongside traditional company law, board level compliance, and corporate governance support, to a wide range of clients, including listed PLCs, financial institutions, and major multinational corporates. We also have a US securities practice within the team.  Our practice is broad, and much of what we do is cross-border.

The London Corporate team has over 150 fee earners and business professionals and we work across 6 key industry groups: Consumer Goods & Retail, Energy Mining & Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation, Technology, Media and Telecoms.

Our key differentiator is our Lawyers who collaborate across borders, markets and industries around the globe.  Our Lawyers embrace new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in these uncertain times.  Our clients include nearly all of the world’s 100 largest public companies and more than three-quarters of the Fortune 500. 

This position will be within the Corporate Finance team supporting the practice in London and will have the opportunity to support large scale, complex cross-border matters. As the Practice is fast growing, the prospects of career development are promising for the right candidate.

 
Key Skills and Experience Required

The Paralegal will be an integral part of the team managing multiple projects and will be responsible for:

 

  • Drafting legal documents
  • Client communication and reporting
  • Communication with fee earners in other jurisdictions and globally 
  • Legal project management support
  • Preparing and managing work plans, step lists and timelines
  • Assisting with fee tracking
  • Undertaking due diligence and writing due diligence reports

Education

  • Strong academic track record including Degree qualification from recognised UK university

Experience

  • Prior experience as a paralegal in an M&A or general corporate practice would be preferred.

Core Competencies

  • High work standards
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to liaise with people across the business who are located in multiple countries
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to confidently deal with demanding situations, people and requirements
  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines and manage own workload
  • Strong client service orientation
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and online research tools
  • Ability to work well in both a team and individually
  • Keen to develop and use initiative
  • Experience of working with legal project management platforms such as Microsoft Sharepoint, Intralinks or Merrils 

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm.

Why Join Us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm.  Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard.  Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of an 950 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

  • Acritas' Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2010- 2020 - ranked 1st
  • The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018: currently ranked 65th
  • Thomson Reuters ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border deals for the last 12 years. More than 70% of our deals are cross-border.
  • For the 14th consecutive year, the Firm was ranked first for deals with emerging market involvement, by both number of announced and completed deals.
  • Law360 ranked the Firm as the leading global law firm in its annual survey.
  • Identified as one of the best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, Law360 and Euromoney.
  • Named one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers for the fourth consecutive year in 2019.
  • Recognised in 2019 as a top 10 employer in the UK for LGBT+ equality, and named as one of 10 Top Trans Employers, in Stonewall's Top 100 Best Employers listing.
  • Featuring in Business in the Community's Top 100 Employers for Race listing.
  • Ranking 5th in the 2019 Social Mobility Employer Index.
  • Winning the Best International Firm (UK), Best International Firm for Minority Women Lawyers, and Best International Firm for Women in Business Law at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019.

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To Apply

At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications.

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role.  We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or Recruitment.London@bakermckenzie.com 

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, David Roberts, Recruitment Manager, on 020 7052 5752 or david.roberts@bakermckenzie.com

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NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Please note Baker McKenzie does not accept unsolicited CVs.  Please click here for details of our Agency Policy and commitment to sourcing directly. 

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

As the first truly global law firm, diversity and inclusion are foundational to our culture and strategic vision. We are a Firm of individuals from across the globe with different backgrounds, ideas, and points of view who collegially work together to solve complex problems and design practical solutions for our clients. Our multiple perspectives come from many sources, including the diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, parental status, education, social background and life experience of our people.

Our global strategy is focused on our people, our culture, our clients and the communities where we operate. In 2019 we enacted ambitious new targets related to gender, racial and ethnic diversity at the Firm. These targets are viewed as a floor, not a ceiling, to advancing underrepresented groups, and they are backed by a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at achieving our goals. Our strategic vision is supported in London by six active employee led networks which champion diversity, lead on a number of internal campaigns and deliver a range of activity to celebrate differences in identity, inclusion, and key dates throughout the year including: LGBT+ History Month, International Women's Day, International Trans Day of Visibility, Mental Health Awareness Week, Pride, Black History Month, Social Mobility Week, International Day of Disabled Persons and many more!

Baker McKenzie London has been accredited by Disability Confident, joining over 18,000 organisations that have signed up to help change behaviours and cultures in businesses, networks and communities and reap the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.