Paralegal Apprenticeship

  • Macfarlanes
  • London, UK
  • 03 Oct, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship Law

Job Description

We're hiring driven apprentice paralegals to join us in October 2019.

The Firm

We are a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on our clients and delivering excellence in the international legal market. We offer a combination of both high-end corporate and private client legal work which is unique in the London market.

We’ve made a deliberate choice to remain smaller than many of our peers. The tight-knit, cohesive nature of our firm means clients benefit from our collective experience. We talk to one another. We’ve kept things simple. We’ve decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst we’re large enough to advise on the most complex matters, we’re also small enough to ensure that our people and our work are exceptional, without fail.

At the core of our approach to the paralegal apprenticeship programme is to give apprentices an opportunity to begin a legal career at a highly respected City law firm. There are excellent prospects and a real opportunity for ambitious apprentices to develop and work for high-profile clients on complex and rewarding transactions.

What to expect

Depending on the department, general duties will include:

  • Liaising with clients

  • Conducting legal and business research

  • Preparing bundles of documentation

  • Assisting partners and assistants with various tasks

  • Drafting legal documents

  • Ensuring compliance with regulations and policies

  • Undertaking administrative duties on files

  • Undertaking additional ad hoc duties to support the wider team

  • Working collaboratively with the other parts of the business

The more experience you gain the more responsibility we will give you.

Benefits and rewards

We recognise and reward hard work and therefore, as a paralegal apprentice, you can expect to start on a competitive salary. You will be entitled to a number of benefits on joining or after 3 months’ service, including:

  • 26 days holiday

  • Life assurance

  • Pension scheme with company contributions

  • Private healthcare

  • Season ticket loan

  • Subsidised staff restaurant

  • Eyecare vouchers

Our paralegal apprentices are required to dedicate 20 per cent of their weekly contracted hours towards their studies and the educational side of the apprenticeship. This will be done via a blend of interactive webinars, directed self-study and face-to-face sessions.

Who should apply?

The qualities we look for in our apprentices include excellent organisational, time management and problem solving skills. You must have strong attention to detail as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills. You will be personable and have a genuine interest in the commercial world and developing your commercial awareness. Above all you should enjoy working in a team and be ambitious, with a genuine commitment to building and developing your professional and legal skills.

To apply for a paralegal apprenticeship you will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English or equivalent and be predicted or have gained 3 A-levels or equivalent at grade B.

If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements but there are mitigating circumstances which explain this, please include this in your application.


Applications for our 2019 paralegal apprenticeships are open.  Our application form is online.  The form itself is simple and is designed to give you every opportunity to impress us. 

Applications close on 1 April 2019.