Paralegal

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Digital, Commerce and Creative
Location: Belfast
The firm

The expert tech law team formerly known as Forde Campbell has merged with Jones Cassidy Brett and the international London based firm Lewis Silkin, to form Lewis Silkin NI.

The merger has taken the IT, IP and data protection law expertise of the Forde Campbell team, recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 as Northern Irish market leaders with top tier sector experts, and combined it with the Creators, Makers and Innovators teams in Lewis Silkin’s offices. Lewis Silkin is an international law firm with offices in Oxford, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Hong Kong and now in Belfast. Our Belfast team specialises in IT, IP, data protection, corporate and employment law.  Lewis Silkin NI now has access to tech and commercial transactions on a global basis, while still retaining its Irish client base and its roots in the Belfast start-up hub scene.

The merger has given the Northern Irish firm access to support and resources to allow it to provide unparalleled employment opportunities to Northern Irish tech lawyers, including lawyers returning home after working in Ireland or Great Britain.

The firm offers the chance to work with a quality client base to structure a career in all aspects of tech commercial law, with particular opportunities in the creation of an all-Ireland business law service to target the US and Chinese tech markets.  Our lawyers are in daily contact with colleagues in the other Lewis Silkin offices, sharing expertise and partaking in the wider firm’s superb training and business development opportunities. Finally, the quality of life at Lewis Silkin is literally award-winning, with the firm consistently being recognised as one of Britain’s best employers by the Sunday Times’ esteemed 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.

The department

The Creators, Makers and Innovators team (‘CMI’) is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering a deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. From start-ups to multinationals, the firm’s comprehensive and commercially focused advice helps clients succeed in an increasingly complex and converged international marketplace.

The Team – DCC

You will form part of the market leading Digital, Creative and Commerce team a diverse and exciting range of work, for example; technology, e-commerce, consumer, sponsorship, talent agreements, data privacy, IP, franchising, distribution, agency, advertising, media and entertainment, media buying, sports, video games and gambling law.  

The team is a fantastic, energetic and sociable group with an extremely impressive and varied client base, predominantly in the retail, technology, advertising and marketing, media, professional services, entertainment and sport sectors.

Responsibilities

We are seeking a paralegal to join our team; the role would suit an experienced junior paralegal with strong analytical capabilities and the confidence to shoulder responsibility for their own matters and deal directly with clients and lawyers in other jurisdictions.

The candidate would be expected to assist of the team with a range of matters at one time, with a particular focus on managing urgent international matters (usually involving advertising and marketing related legal advice), liaising with the client, fee earners within Lewis Silkin, and lawyers in other jurisdictions. The candidate would be able to work remotely and, in the office, – to be discussed according to the candidate and team’s requirements, and this may evolve over time as pandemic related restrictions ease.   Support and relevant training will be provided. 

Further responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) assisting with the following duties:

  • Legal research.
  • Project management of client projects.
  • Providing support to the Professional Development Lawyer in relation to the provision of training for fee-earners.
  • Coordinating with trainees, associates and partners to assist in managing new instructions and team members’ capacity.

Candidate profile:

  • Prior legal experience
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Strong practical and analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, ‘can-do attitude’ and a good team player.
  • Good eye for detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Professional in conduct
  • Punctual at all times.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Competent in MS Office suite.
Additional information

At Lewis Silkin our ethos is simple. We strive to do the best for our clients, our people and the communities in which we operate. We recognise that an inclusive workplace allows for all kinds of ideas and thoughts, a variety of points of view that can trigger discussions or deliver innovative results, and a wide range of versatile skills and expertise. We are proud of the diversity within Lewis Silkin and of our culture that allows people to be themselves at work, ensuring we provide the best possible service to our clients. We are committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working patterns and office location.