PARALEGAL – LONDON OFFICE

London

This position is available for an immediate start.
Salary: £32K-£37K depending on experience

What we do

As building services engineers, we combine creativity and engineering to design innovative, elegant and sustainable buildings in the UK and overseas. For over 50 years we've brought this approach to projects of all sizes across all building sectors. Our portfolio includes award winning buildings and internationally renowned landmarks, and we have had one of our projects feature on the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize in each of the last three years.

We have also been recognised as a good employer, with regular entries in the Building Magazine Good Employer Guide (we were one of the top five Best Engineering Employers in 2017); we were named the Association of Consultancy and Engineering's Diversity and Inclusion Champion in 2017; and we have won the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers medium-sized Employer of the Year Award three times in the last five years. We are also a Living Wage Employer.

We offer a different sort of working environment. What makes us different is that our innovative approach to building design also extends to the way in which we run our business. The Practice is owned by the people who work for us, and our unique approach to ownership and governance puts trust and transparency at the heart of how we operate.

About our legal team

We have a small legal team of two people working within our central Administration Group in our London office. They provide support across the business on a range of legal issues. With much of the routine contract review work taking place in our eight engineering groups, we have decided to expand our central team to provide additional support to the engineering teams, and to take on the review of some of the more complex contracts.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of Legal, the successful candidate will undertake the following key duties:

  • Review, amend and negotiate the terms of our contractual appointments
  • Maintain a Practice-wide overview of the status of contracts on all projects
  • Provide ad hoc advice on contractual matters to our project teams
  • Support the team in ensuring the Practice's compliance with relevant legislation such as GDPR and Anti Bribery requirements
  • Assist other members of the legal team on ad hoc matters in a variety of areas as and when required

About the person

To fulfil this role it is essential that the successful candidate has a high level of English proficiency, to CEFR Level C2 standard or equivalent. In particular, the successful candidate will need to be able to read and understand complex technical legal documents and distinguish precisely between fine shades of meaning. They will also be able to summarise complex specialist principles clearly and concisely to a non-specialist audience, both in writing and in conversation.

The following skills are essential to the success of this important role:

  • Solid understanding of contract law, including the formation of contracts
  • Creative and pragmatic approach with confidence to make decisions
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment and manage conflicting demands and deadlines

Experience or interest in the construction industry, including an awareness of the Construction Act would be advantageous.  Experience reviewing and negotiating contracts, including formulating alternative wording are also desirable skills.

What we offer

  • Excellent growth opportunity to develop and hone skills in a knowledge driven environment
  • Working in a growing, friendly office located in a thriving city.
  • An inclusive culture and cooperative environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opportunities for Partnership, with all the benefits profit-sharing entails, after approximately four years
  • Six weeks holiday (including Bank holidays)

Now what to do

If you have what it takes to carry out this important new role, then we would love to hear from you.

Please send us your CV and a chatty letter outlining your previous experience.  Tell us why you feel this role would be ideal for you; how you meet the essential criteria for the role and why you would like to work for us.

To apply, please use the following link:  https://maxfordhamllp.livevacancies.co.uk/#/job/details/43

If you have any additional queries, please contact Charmaine McKeown at careers@maxfordham.com.  You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you are eligible to work in the UK.

Closing date for applications:  1st December 2019

It's conventional for businesses to say that they're an "equal opportunities employer" or that they "comply with the Equality Act" as a way of telling potential applicants that their business is a nice place to work. We are, and we do. But that's really only committing to an absence of discrimination, and for us that's not enough.  Our commitment is not only to eliminate and avoid discrimination, but to create an environment where our differences can be celebrated and valued.