This position is available for an immediate start.

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 and have previously been awarded the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers medium-sized Employer of the Year Award. We have also held the Diversity and Inclusion Champion award from The Association of Consultancy and Engineering.  We are 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.


We currently 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 the more routine contract review and application work taking place in our eight engineering groups, we are expanding our central team to provide additional support to the engineering teams and increase our capacity to focus on the more complex contracts and wider legal matters.


Reporting to the Legal Director, the Paralegal 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
  • Liaise with Professional Indemnity insurers and update them on relevant matters.
  • Support formal fee recovery proceedings
  • 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


In order to carry out this role, it is essential that you can demonstrate a high level of English proficiency, to CEFR Level C2 standard or equivalent. This role requires you to be able to read and understand complex technical legal documents and distinguish precisely between fine shades of meaning. You will need to 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, so you will need to demonstrate:

  • A solid understanding of contract law, including the formation of contracts
  • Have a creative and pragmatic approach, and the confidence to make decisions
  • Strong organisational skills
  • An 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.


  • Excellent growth opportunities for your personal and career development in a knowledge driven environment
  • Mentored support towards professional accreditation
  • Interesting and technically challenging projects
  • An inclusive culture and cooperative environment
  • Opportunities for involvement in business-running activities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive pay and employee bonus
  • Future opportunities for Partnership
  • Six weeks holiday (including Bank holidays)
  • Max Fordham Pension Scheme
  • Other benefits include generous paid parental leave, sick pay, and treatment pay


£32,000 - £37,000 depending on experience


27th June 2021


This position is available for an immediate start.

If you are interested in working with us, we are keen to hear from you. In addition to providing your CV, please apply with a conversational letter that tells us how your skills match our criteria and your interests align with our vision of a beautifully engineered net zero carbon world.

Please use this link to apply.

If you have any additional queries, please contact Anya Hadden at You will also need to demonstrate how you are eligible to work in the UK.