Virtual - Paralegal, Banking (Derivatives)

Term: Contract
Duration: 1 year
Reports to: Partner (Head of LDC) and LDC Operations Team Manager
Practice group: Legal Delivery Centre
Location: Virtual
The department

Our Legal Delivery Centre (LDC) is a flexible and scalable paralegal resource for use across all of our UK, Ireland and Middle East offices and across the full spectrum of legal services. Meeting the ever increasing demands for disaggregated legal services, the LDC offers an exciting opportunity for development and the chance to undertake chargeable work that is challenging and engaging. This is a great opportunity to join a growing team that is integral to the firm's strategy, whilst benefiting from being able to work remotely and flexibly.

Winner of the 2019 and 2020 National Paralegal Awards best law firm for paralegal development and finalist in 2021, Dentons offers fabulous opportunities for paralegals.

Dentons is embracing the SQE route to qualification. Not only can your work experience count towards QWE but for successful internal applicants we are also offering a unique opportunity for development, including financial sponsorship, through our QualiFLY programme. QualiFLY is an enhanced 18 month programme designed to provide the business with a pipeline of exceptional talent whilst ensuring that the experience and training gained by the paralegal is comparable to the more traditional training contract route.

We are presently looking for bright, ambitious and enthusiastic paralegals from across the UK to join our virtual, innovative LDC.

Purpose of role

Meeting the ever increasing demands for disaggregated legal services, the LDC offers an exciting opportunity for development and the chance to undertake work that is varied, challenging and engaging. Predominantly dedicated to the derivatives team within the firm's Banking group, this role offers excellent, high quality paralegal experience together with exposure across the firm and to some of the firm's major clients.

This is a great opportunity to join a growing team that is integral to the firm's strategy, whilst benefiting from being able to work remotely and flexibly. We welcome applications from across the UK for those seeking an alternative experience.

Whilst this is a virtual role with no expectation or requirement that you attend any of our office locations, for those who would like to experience the office environment and meet our hybrid teams, there is the opportunity to attend our hub in Milton Keynes and our offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Subject to location, there is also the opportunity to join the derivatives team in our London office from time to time.

Responsibilities

You will work as part of a team to deliver paralegal support to our derivatives team. This will include:

  • Negotiating and drafting master agreements and ancillary documents for securities lending, repo and derivatives (GMRA, GMSLA and ISDA).
  • Conducting legal due diligence.
  • Liaising with clients and counterparties in a timely, courteous and professional manner.
  • Managing client tracking tables using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Drafting emails and correspondence on behalf of fee earners.
  • Undertaking legal research.
  • Providing administrative support to fee earners.
  • Filing and maintaining correspondence and documentation.

Through newly established ways of working, including an increased emphasis on technological solutions, you will be supported in taking full ownership for some key tasks, giving you direct responsibility. Our approach is to create a supportive remote environment by working collaboratively as part of a team whilst also encouraging team members to operate with a degree of independence.

You will work closely with other members of this dedicated team as well as with our legal service areas, project management team and with some clients. The team has a strong teamwork ethic and a first class internal and external client management approach. It is essential that candidates are team players and committed to developing both personally and professionally. A determination to deliver high-quality focused services is essential as is maintaining and developing both internal and external client relationships.

Successful candidates will be people with energy and enthusiasm, working hard to provide the highest levels of service whilst at the same time valuing having fun being part of a supportive and collegiate team.

Required experience, skills and attributes
  • Minimum of three A levels at grade A, or equivalent;
  • A qualification in law, minimum 2.1 (Degree, Graduate Diploma in Law);
  • LPC or equivalent (preferred but not essential);
  • Previous paralegal experience (helpful but not essential);
  • Excellent  knowledge of Microsoft office (especially Word, Excel and Outlook);
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to very tight deadlines (essential);
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and multi-task;
  • Ability to work accurately with excellent attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate drive and initiative;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with the confidence to deal effectively with Partners and professionals across the firm;
  • An ability and willingness to be flexible;
  • Sociable and a good team player.
The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

Important update regarding job applications:

As part of programme of continued global investment in our people, the Firm is switching to a new job application system on February 20th 2023. This role may be reposted on February 20th. If so, it will include a note of this reference number: AH1908 to allow you to avoid duplicate applications. If you have any questions you can read more here https://www.dentons.com/en/careers/careers-in-the-united-kingdom or contact the team at recruitment.matters@dentons.com if you require any assistance.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.comEnquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.