Baker & McKenzie’s London office is advertising paralegal roles, which it says must be filled by qualified solicitors.
The US giant’s London dispute resolution team is recruiting the paralegals on a four-month fixed term contract and details that it is ‘essential’ that successful applicants are qualified solicitors and that it is desirable that they have ‘paralegal experience from a professional services environment, ideally within a law firm’.
The salary is unlisted, although the advert does specify that applicants should ‘possess a strong client service focus enabling [them] to interact well with both external and internal clients at all levels’; ‘a very strong work ethic’ and ‘a genuine interest in contentious financial services work’.
The advert reads: ‘The role would suit either a career paralegal seeking a supportive environment and an opportunity to develop their experience, or a qualified lawyer seeking to build on their legal experience.’
It continues: ‘Please note that this role is a paralegal position and is not an entry route to complete a training contract or professional qualification with Baker & McKenzie. The two recruitment processes are completely separate.’
Responsibilities include high-volume document review; liaising with third party providers; research and advising fee earners on areas of research focus.
Bakers also requires two years post qualification experience, or equivalent, prior paralegal experience and lists financial services investigation and e-discovery review experience as a preferred skill.
A Baker & McKenzie spokesperson said: “Like all large City law firms, we use paralegals for particular project work based on client and business needs. It has been commonplace for many years for qualified lawyers, particularly internationally qualified lawyers in London, to take on short-term paralegal work such as this.”
Paralegal roles often require applicants to possess the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, and the ‘career paralegal’ is becoming a more prevalent career path, but it is unusual for a firm to specify that applicants must be qualified solicitors.