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Berry Smith LLP is a business whose key resource is its people. We therefore invest a great deal of time and resources into personal development; actively encouraging training and supporting people’s ideas and ambition. Our lawyers play a vital role in shaping the firm’s future and are rewarded with genuine opportunities for career progression.

Our success means we are continually growing, so we are always looking out for enthusiastic and motivated people to join our team. We regularly have vacancies in a wide variety of positions, as well as opportunities for graduates seeking a training contract or looking to qualify down the  SQE route.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone wishing to join the firm, either in response to one of our vacancies or more speculatively for the future.

Please contact us at opportunities@berrysmith.com

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Current Vacancies:

Paralegal / Trainee Solicitor

We are currently looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and hardworking individual to join our Transactional Business Services (TBS) department as a paralegal/trainee solicitor, starting in September 2024

Summary

  • Closing date:             30th June 2024
  • Location:                    Cardiff Office
  • Salary:                        Competitive, depending on experience
  • Job type:                    Full time

Job Description

The TBS department is made up of our Corporate Finance, Commercial and Intellectual Property and Employment teams.  The successful candidate will first undertake a 6-12 month period as a paralegal, with the intention of progressing towards a trainee solicitor position following this trial period.

We offer our trainees the SQE route to qualification in addition to the traditional training contract option for those who have completed the Legal Practice Course. We envisage the role being full time, but we would consider applicants wishing to work part-time to accommodate any legal studies. 

Here at Berry Smith, we are keen to invest in our trainees as they are the future of the firm.  A large proportion of the TBS team have trained at Berry Smith and have been retained upon qualification. 

During your training period with us you will work directly with the partners and will also aid other solicitors within the team on a variety of matters.

We encourage our trainees to have client contact from an early stage to develop and build confidence and client relationships.  We provide our trainees with the opportunity to take part in a variety of marketing and social events throughout the year to enable them to meet other likeminded people and to develop their contacts within the Cardiff professional network.

Applicant Criteria

The ideal applicant will: –

  • Have achieved a 2:1 law degree
  • Have commitment, enthusiasm and drive to excel in the legal profession
  • Have an interest in the Welsh business market
  • Have a high level of commercial awareness
  • Be able to demonstrate experience dealing with clients and be able to explain legal matters in a sensible and non-technical manner
  • Have completed additional work experience activities within the field of law
  • Be a team player.

Salary and Benefits

As a Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor you will receive:

  • A competitive salary, reviewed annually
  • Minimum 22 days annual leave (increasing to a maximum of 28 days), plus bank holidays
  • Eye care and private medical insurance (after qualifying period)
  • Clear career progression opportunities

How to Apply

To apply for the role please send your CV together with a covering email to Jane Emery at jemery@berrysmith.com

Paralegal – Commercial Property

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Paralegal to join our busy Commercial Property Team, based at our Cardiff office, starting in September 2024.

Summary

  • Closing date:             7th July 2024
  • Location:                    Cardiff Office (Hybrid)
  • Salary:                        Competitive, depending on experience
  • Job type:                    Full time

Job Description

In this role you will be assisting a partner and small team of fee-earners with their caseload of commercial property matters, including the sale and purchase of commercial property, commercial leases, secured lending and development agreements. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual looking to commence or progress their career in Commercial Property as part of a well-established firm.

The successful candidate will first undertake a 12 -month period as a paralegal, with the intention of progressing towards a trainee solicitor position following this trial period. We offer our trainees the SQE route to qualification in addition to the traditional training contract option for those who have completed the Legal Practice Course. We envisage the role being full time, but we would consider applicants wishing to work part-time to accommodate any legal studies. 

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Taking instructions and opening files
  • Undertaking anti-money laundering checks for new clients
  • Obtaining and reviewing Land Registry title documents using the online portal
  • Ordering property searches and reviewing the results
  • Drafting and amending commercial property documents (e.g., contracts, transfer deeds, leases and other associated documents).
  • Liaising with clients, solicitors and other parties via email, telephone and in person when required
  • Preparing Completion Statements
  • Preparing and filing Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax Returns.
  • Assisting with post-completion tasks, including registering deeds at the Land Registry

Applicant Criteria

Required skills and desirable experience:

  • A law degree at 2:1 level and above
  • Knowledge of Commercial Property Law
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills
  • Organised and methodical approach with good attention to detail
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of working in a professional legal environment, ideally as part of a residential or commercial property team

Salary and Benefits

As a Paralegal you will receive:

  • A competitive salary, reviewed annually
  • Minimum 22 days annual leave (increasing to a maximum of 28 days), plus bank holidays
  • Eye care and private medical insurance (after qualifying period)
  • Clear career progression opportunities

How to Apply

To apply for the role please send your CV together with a covering email to Jane Emery at jemery@berrysmith.com