We are looking for an experienced paralegal to support our Chambers and Legal 500 ranked Education law team in relation to client matters, business development, knowledge management and pro bono activities. Please click here for the Education paralegal job description.

The role

Sitting within our top ranked Charity and Social Enterprise department, the Education law team has an exceptionally interesting and broad client base across the full range of educational institutions (both statutory and independent), including schools and further and higher education bodies.

We advise across all disciplines. Typical types of matters which you will have the opportunity to participate in include establishing, scaling up, federating or merging institutions; converting schools from maintained to academy status; updating governing documents and advising on governance issues generally; freedom of information requests; data protection; procurement; and spin-outs.

Typical duties which you will be asked to undertake include making regulatory filings, both in establishment and post-establishment matters; assisting with drafting and amending a variety of company documents; conducting in-depth legal research; researching and writing a monthly update for the cross-departmental Education Group; attending school governing board and committee meetings in a minute taking capacity; attending client meetings; supporting tenders and cross-departmental sector groups; and researching potential clients.

The role comes with early responsibility in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Qualifications and experience

The successful candidate will be degree educated with a minimum 2.1, or equivalent, in Law or Postgraduate Diploma in Law; have completed the Legal Practice Course; and have solid experience in education law gained as a paralegal or equivalent.

The Firm

Bates Wells Braithwaite is a professional services consultancy, combining a top legal practice with services in impact measurement, outcomes-based planning and strategy, and financial services regulatory compliance. The firm works with a wide range of clients, large and small, across a variety of sectors – from established businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovative start-ups and high-profile individuals.

We stand out as a law firm – combining practical, commercial legal expertise with the deep understanding of the third sector that comes from working with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK firm. We are not only recognised as the leading charity law firm in the UK; we are also ranked in the major UK legal directories for our excellence across many of our specialist practice areas.

We are committed to offer flexibility and responsibility to our employees and are proud to be the first UK law firm to achieve B Corporation certification.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter, addressed to Ria Dean to recruitment@bwbllp.com on or before Friday 15 September 2017 and noting the reference HR440. Please include details of your notice period, current package – base salary, bonus/commission arrangements and your benefits packages. Applications will not be processed without the above information.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday 15 September 2017. If you have not heard from us by this date your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful but we thank you for your interest in BWB and wish you the very best of luck with your search.