Legal Graduate – Construction field graduate - Paralegal

(with training contract opportunity)

 

 Caldwell Solicitors is recruiting for a role for a legal graduate/construction field graduate/paralegal (with training contract opportunity).

This is a genuinely exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded construction and procurement solicitors in Belfast. You will gain excellent training and mentoring at this crucial stage of your career and will have the opportunity to work as part of a niche team with direct access to the principal Partner.

This position is ideal for an individual who has previously worked in a construction and/or commercial department of a law firm, a legal graduate who has completed internships, or a graduate in a construction discipline within this field who wishes to progress their career in the area of Construction and Commercial Law.

Applications will also be received from newly qualified solicitors who may have undertaken a construction/procurement seat during their training contract and who are keen to grow as an individual by getting actively involved in high calibre work.

Reporting to an Associate Solicitor and the Partner, the successful candidate will work diligently on high volume contentious and non-contentious case files, from opening through to closing, building and maintaining strong client relationships and providing an excellent client experience.

The Role will include:

  • Reviewing and reporting on a variety of construction contracts

  • Document review, and analysis of legal documentation

  • Providing excellent service to your clients, both internal and external

  • Proactively manage and progress own workload in line with service level agreements, best practice and internal policies and procedures

  • Taking instruction from clients and updating case files timely and accurately

  • Drafting witness statements

  • Involvement in ADR, Adjudication, Conciliation and Mediation

  • Preparing bundles for trial

  • Legal research, updating Partner and/or Associate Solicitor on findings

  • Assisting on Counsel where required

  • Assisting with billing/invoicing

  • All other administrative duties as required to ensure the smooth running of the department

 

The Benefits:

  • Collaborative and supportive working environment

  • Excellent clients and quality of work; including international clients and multijurisdictional matters

  • Industry exposure as your experience develops

  • Opportunity to develop your career in a niche firm where your contribution will really make a difference

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Fantastic company culture that is inclusive and diverse

  • Joining a supportive, and collaborative team who can support you with training and development

  • Competitive salary

  • City centre office space

  • Hybrid working

  • Potential for Training Contract by way of Legal Practice Course or Solicitor Qualifying Examination route

 

The Person:

  • Degree in Law or Construction field discipline with a 2:2 or above and/or a minimum 12 months experience as a Paralegal/Legal Executive

  • Experience working in a Construction and/or Commercial Law department will be an advantage

  • Knowledge of the adjudication process will also be advantageous

  • Can-do attitude with an enthusiasm to connect with the team and their work

  • Proactive and can work autonomously

  • Highly organised, detail oriented and a natural planner

  • Ability to make sound judgements based on good insights and analytical rigour

  • Exceptional attention to detail when handling high volume case files

  • Someone with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Technical mindset with an eagerness for learning new systems

  • Common sense, ability to think logically, and work under pressure

 

We reserve the right to heighten short listing criteria dependent upon the calibre of response.

 

Next Steps:

For further information, and to apply for role, please submit CVs in strictest confidence to laura.pickering@caldwellsolicitors.com.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 16 February 2022.