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Paralegal Apprentice (24 Month FTC)

JR-1079 Requisition #

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations.

Clifford Chance is looking to recruit up to 8 Legal Apprentices to join the team in Newcastle.

The role involves working in a team of paralegals, senior paralegals and managing paralegals who work on various transactions.  You will assist them with all aspects of delivery on a range of projects from referring practice areas across a number of Clifford Chance offices, whilst working towards attaining your legal apprenticeship qualification.


Key Responsibilities 

The Legal Apprentice will work under the Legal Apprentice Manager along with daily supervision provided by the department's Senior Paralegals, Operations Managers and the instructing lawyer (where applicable) and will be responsible for a range of tasks including;

  • Preparing precedents
  • Drafting transaction documents and letters
  • Using technology such as Kira and Relativity to supplement the completion of legal work
  • Scheduling and bibling
  • Chronology and bundle completion
  • Legal research tasks
  • Pre and post-completion work and due diligence
  • Assisting with collation and preparation of conditions precedent
  • Proofreading/checking cross-referencing
  • Other administrative tasks
You will also need to;
  • maintain acceptable progress towards attaining your paralegal apprenticeship qualification. 
Key Requirements

The candidate will possess the following skills;

  • detail oriented
  • organised and efficient
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • enthusiastic and hardworking
  • ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • have a strong commitment to undertaking training alongside the day to day role of a Legal Apprentice

  • 5 GCSEs grade (A-C or 9-4) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications; and
  • 3 A-levels (or equivalent) grade A-C or assessed as being competent and able to undertake the duties of the role (by successfully completing the assessments during the interview process).

Additional Information

The recruitment process consists of; a remote online assessment on: 3rd or 4th August. If you are successful with the assessment you will be invited to an interview - during w/c 10th or 17th August, which will take place virtually over a video conference call.

Please note, you may not be eligible if you already have a level 3 legal qualification which is similar to the CILEx level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship.

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Interested? To find out more about what it is like to work at Clifford Chance in Newcastle please visit our careers site

Equal Opportunities

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. We believe that each and every one of us should experience an equality of opportunity and an equality of experience here. We are always working to develop and deliver the best and most innovative approaches to make that happen. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.


We are therefore committed to treating all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.


The firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.


We have a number of initiatives and networks that support our aspiration to be the Global Law Firm of choice. These include our LGBT, Gender Parity, Ethnicity and Disability networks.


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