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Job Description


Experience level: Intermediate
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Banking and Finance
Location: Birmingham
The firm
A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
The team
Our national banking and finance team advises clients on a range of financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. Acting for borrowers, lenders and investors means we have a practical understanding of the needs of all parties to a financing transaction. Our expertise extends to corporate lending, acquisition finance, asset finance, real estate finance, marine and shipping finance, invoice discounting, and refinancings. We work closely with some of the UK’s major banks and financial institutions, and have approved panel solicitor status with many of them.

We manage transactions from start to finish, ensuring a smooth and cohesive process, enabling clients to continue to focus on building their relationships and running their businesses.

The role
We are looking for a paralegal to join our team in Birmingham (with home working flexibility considering the current situation). Our ideal candidate will have previous experience in a corporate, banking or finance role and will have a genuine interest in working in this area.

You will need to be able to prioritise and manage your workload and adhere to deadlines as appropriate. We are keen to speak to candidates who work well as part of a team and will embrace the need to work as part of a local and wider national team to provide an excellent service for our clients. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support and assist on various elements of finance transactions (including real estate finance, leveraged finance, ABL and corporate loans). In return, we can offer you a positive, supportive environment and the opportunity to learn quickly and get involved in interesting work with appropriate supervision.

Tasks will include but are not limited to:-

  • Drafting corporate authorisation documentation.
  • Obtaining and reviewing information from Companies House.
  • Drafting ancillary documentation (side letters, fee letters, amendment agreements).
  • Preparing guarantee, security and release documentation
  • Monitoring and checking other conditions precedent requirements
  • Assisting the team with post-completion work in relation to finance transactions
  • Preparation of completion bibles and post-transaction summary reports
  • Dealing with registration of security post-closing
  • Helping to update internal databases
  • Ad hoc research in relation to legal matters
  • Assisting with various other tasks as required.

** For agency recruiters – Thank you for ongoing support.  Please note that we are not accepting third party introductions for this role and CVs submitted will not constitute an introduction.

Skills and qualifications
  • Ideally degree and LPC or ILEX qualified.
  • A minimum of 6 – 12 months previous paralegal experience preferable – within a commercial professional services environment – ideally in banking, finance, corporate or another comparable transactional area.
  • Enthusiastic with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Experience of working to deadlines and managing different tasks/priorities in accordance with those deadlines.
  • Excellent client care skills. Clients are at the heart of our work and that must be the focus at all times.
  • Self-confidence and ability to demonstrate initiative.
  • Team orientated and hard-working.
  • Good working knowledge of various IT applications – word, excel, outlook
  • A high level of attention to detail and an organised, methodical approach.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Good organisational skills to ensure that the tasks are effectively scheduled and that urgent work is completed and returned within the specified (sometimes short) timescales.
Equal opportunities
Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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