14 Jan, 2020

Corporate and Commercial Paralegal

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Queen Square, Bristol, UK
Other Paralegal

Job Description

Our growing Corporate + Commercial department are recruiting for a paralegal to assist with the work in this busy team. The role would suit either an existing paralegal with commercial experience, or someone who has recently graduated or is about to graduate from the LPC with an interest in qualifying in the Corporate + Commercial team through the firm’s Staff Development Programme.

The Corporate + Commercial department was established in 2017 and has grown rapidly since then, both in terms of the size of the team and the volume and quality of client work. The team comprises a Partner who heads up the department, three lawyers and one legal secretary.

Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and business clients, but also as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer. Barcan+Kirby prides itself on promoting the work/life balance of employees and both the firm and the team are fully supportive of flexible working arrangements.

Key responsibilities

You will undertake certain elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work under supervision including:

  • Share sales and purchases
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Shareholder agreements
  • General corporate law advice
  • Partnership agreements and advice
  • Terms and conditions of business, and other commercial agreements (e.g. distribution, services, franchising agreements)
  • General commercial law advice
  • Dealing with new enquiries
  • File management and client care, including cost estimates, initial meetings, accounts procedures and billing
  • Research tasks using a variety of resources (e.g. PLC and other legal databases, hard copy texts)
  • Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice relevant to the team
  • Assisting with the development of know-how and precedents for the team

Business development work, in conjunction with the established Marketing department

  • Attending internal and external networking events
  • Developing sources of work and maintaining relationships with existing contacts and clients
  • Involvement in marketing strategies and initiatives
  • Developing blogs and marketing material for the department
  • Cross department working to raise profile of the work undertaken by the team and identify cross-selling opportunities

Knowledge and experience


  • Knowledge of corporate and commercial law, via either previous legal work or relevant electives on the LPC (commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and debt finance, intellectual property)


Experience of undertaking fee earning work on commercial law/business-related matters



  • Law graduate, Level 3 CILEx or above, or equivalent

Skills and competencies

Team orientation


  • Thrives working as part of a team and helps and supports others
  • Able to adapt to continually changing parameters and adapt to new tasks


  • Able to identify and implement improvements to ways of working within the team and across the firm



  • Can communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • Able to convey information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with language appropriate to the audience
  • Makes fluent and relevant contributions to group discussions
  • Confident dealing with enquiries on the telephone and meeting clients in person


  • Able to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views

Management of themselves and others


  • Able to organise their own work within deadlines and to agreed standards
  • Able to motivate themselves and be fully productive without being prompted
  • Able to balance tasks and structure own workload to make best use of time and resources

Customer focus


  • Understands the importance of client service and satisfaction
  • Solutions focused and proactive in progressing matters and obtaining results
  • Responds promptly within agreed service level standards

Results orientation


  • Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality
  • Focuses on getting things finished, persists until the job is done
  • Ability to work calmly and to maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of deadlines and/or changing objectives

Problem solving


  • Focuses on detail and is methodical, organised and systematic in their approach
  • Able to seek out relevant information to assist with decision making


  • Able to view problems and solutions from a range of perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making

Location and working hours

  • This can be a full-time or part-time role
  • Full-time working hours are 9.00am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break)
  • You will be based at our Queen Square office

Closing date

  • Applications for this role close on Friday 7th February 2020.

Competitive Salary



Commercial,   Corporate  

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