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Career opportunities in Newcastle

Clifford Chance Newcastle offers you the opportunity to join one of the most pre-eminent international law firms in the world. We established our Newcastle office in early 2018, where our team of more than 60 paralegals, senior paralegals and operations managers bring decades of experience, expertise and specialist knowledge to areas such as legal tech and process-driven service delivery.

The team in Newcastle works on matters for all the firm's practice areas, providing support for a range of legal tasks while ensuring that knowledge, resources, processes and technology are deployed effectively. Our Newcastle office offers the close-knit and inclusive culture of a smaller firm with the resources and support of a global elite law firm.

"Our priority is always to ensure that we are best placed to provide the optimum service to our clients. The addition of the team in Newcastle, with their well-recognised expertise in unbundling, developing processes and applying the latest in legal tech, will enable us to provide clients with another option from within the firm."

Michael Bates, Regional Managing Partner, UK

Our work

Joining the Newcastle office offers you the opportunity to work with a friendly team within a fast-paced environment and collaborative culture. The team is diverse, made up of people from a variety of backgrounds with different educational groundings to ensure that we have the right skills to meet the needs of our clients. Everyone shares a collegiate mindset and a can-do attitude. We look for individuals who have a flexible approach, who are willing to change and adapt their way of working and their processes to best suit what is needed for the project at hand. It is essential that our people approach the work creatively and innovatively, because the nature of the work means we're often doing things for the first time.

Our award-winning team is recognised for developing new approaches and using the latest technology. We are looking for people who will thrive in this dynamic working environment.

How we work

The team in Newcastle works on a wide variety of matters and are specialists in a range of areas, working with all the firm’s Practice Areas on a range of legal tasks. The team is fully integrated into the business. Paralegals, senior paralegals and operations managers are led by the head of operations and head of the Newcastle office.

Process improvement is a key focus throughout our work which means that we are constantly looking for new ways we enhance and refine our services on an ongoing basis. This requires people who are proactive in identifying, analysing and improving business processes and ways of working to meet excellent standards of service.

As a team, we focus a great deal on new joiners, investing in the rapid development and onboarding of new talent. Everyone is involved in briefings and de-briefings and encouraged to take an active part in team discussions.

What we offer

The team provides a wide variety of key training programmes as part of continuing professional development, to support you in delivering managed legal services to a range of clients.

In addition to this, we've developed a range of training and development opportunities including a bespoke training programme covering a range of courses specific to the delivery of legal operations and people management.

Since establishing the Newcastle office, employees have also been provided with a range of training to mobilise and integrate the team, and to ensure the team operates to Clifford Chance's professional standards which has included IT, legal tech and legal-specific training.

Our people

To join our paralegal team ideally you will be a graduate, and have experience of working within a legal environment, or have studied law. We are looking for people who have strong research capabilities and are very detail focused. The role requires you to be proactive and forward thinking, able to deal with and juggle competing demands for a variety of complex tasks. It requires you to be organised, efficient and process orientated. You will be curious about technology within legal processes and have the desire to learn about technology while constantly adapting your working style and processes in line with technological changes.

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Apprentice Opportunities

We are looking for twelve paralegal apprentices to join our September 2022 cohort and embark on a two year paralegal apprenticeship. You'll be working in a team with paralegals, senior paralegals, managing paralegals and lawyers on a variety of transactions. Your role will be to assist them with all aspects of delivery across a range of projects, practice areas and offices, whilst working towards attaining your paralegal apprenticeship qualification.

We are looking for people who are organised, enthusiastic and detail focused. The role requires you to be proactive and forward thinking, able to deal with and juggle competing demands for a variety of complex tasks. Ideally, you’ll have five GCSEs (grade A-C or 9-4) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications; and three A-levels (or equivalent) grade A-C.

You will be paid the 'Real Living Wage' salary of £19,363.50 per year and if successful at the end of the programme, have the opportunity to become a permanent Paralegal within the Newcastle office.

Apply now

Our application window:

15 November 2021: Applications open
01 May 2022: Applications close

Please note: this will be a rolling process and the role will be closed once we have 12 successful applications.

Our application process:

  • Shortlisting of candidates. We will be running webinars for our shortlisted candidates to find out more about our office, our people and the apprentice role in preparation for the assessment day
  • Online assessments consisting of two 30—40 minute online tasks testing your ability to follow instructions, your attention to detail and organisation skills
  • Online video interview

Office details

Clifford Chance, Newcastle
Partnership House
Regent Farm Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +442070061000

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We are looking to recruit additional people to join the highly experienced, innovative and client-centric team in Newcastle, and we are always keen to hear from interested applicants for our paralegal opportunities.

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