GR Law are the market leader for Paralegal roles in London.
The demand for paralegals has increased in recent years as law firms and in-house legal departments look for more cost-effective ways to deliver legal services.
However, the competition to secure paralegal roles is just as intense with employers applying stringent hiring criteria. Consequently, candidates with top academics (most employers will only accept applications from those of you who have already completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course) and relevant legal experience gained from previous paralegal work, vacation schemes and mini-pupillages are most likely to succeed.
At GR Law we handle temporary, fixed term contract and permanent paralegal roles for a broad spectrum of clients comprising top City and US law firms as well as leading in-house legal departments. So whether you are a career paralegal or simply looking for a constructive way to spend a gap year while looking for a training contract or pupillage then we are here to help.
We offer candidates a first-class service including tips on CV optimisation and interview preparation. Our advice is open and honest to enable you to make realistic choices about your future career. We always differentiate between 'genuine' roles and 'speculative approaches' and will only send your CV to a potential employer with your express consent.
The availability of paralegal roles and the speed in which they are filled can vary enormously with some clients wanting several people to start immediately for a short assignment lasting just a few weeks. Long-term roles, however, move at a much slower pace with employers generally conducting two rounds of interviews. We suggest therefore that you keep a close eye on our website for future opportunities as well as individual law firm websites as some roles are filled directly by employers.
The work handled by paralegals will vary enormously depending on the type of firm and department you join. Typical tasks are likely to include document review, basic drafting and research. However, you should also be prepared to do some mundane duties such as filing and even photocopying.
The way you are remunerated will vary depending on the length of the contract. Paralegals hired on a short-term basis are often paid by the hour while those on fixed term contracts / permanent roles will be paid a salary and if appropriate this will be pro rated. As a simple guide hourly rates for paralegals working in City / US law firms hover around £7.50 while annual earnings start from £20,000 and can go up to £27,000.
For more information on paralegal opportunities please contact us on 020 7220 8111.
Please note that GR Law does not work with high street law firms so unfortunately we rarely have openings for candidates who want to specialise in areas such as crime (except white collar), wills and probate and immigration for instance. If in doubt then please get in touch with us.