Paralegal - Corporate Legal Services - Open to flexibility

Birmingham, West Midlands
12 Jan 2017
12 Feb 2017
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Paralegal - Corporate Legal Services - Open to flexibility

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KPMG has a specialist Corporate and Commercial Legal Services team which sits within the Tax team. The Corporate and Commercial Legal Services team advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial law on a multi-disciplinary basis in conjunction with KPMG's tax and advisory teams. 

Working alongside the Tax team, the team regularly advises on complex domestic and cross-border intra-group reorganisation transactions.  Also, working alongside the Corporate Finance and Transaction Services teams, the team regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, predominantly at a domestic level.

We are now looking for a paralegal to support the Corporate and Commercial Legal Services team in the Midlands.  You will have previous paralegal experience in the area of corporate law.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role is very varied with no two days the same.  You will be required to manage your time well and be able to balance several pieces of work simultaneously, prioritising appropriately to ensure tight deadlines are met.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities and activities:

  • running know your client (KYC) checks;
  • handling new client engagement processes;
  • drafting engagement letters;
  • carrying out company searches and summarising key information in company search reports;
  • drafting and managing due diligence information requests;
  • assisting with due diligence projects, including assistance with assembly and maintenance of online data rooms;
  • drafting and amending project management plans (comprising a documents list, timetable and parties list);
  • drafting Companies Act 2006 related documentation and other corporate documentation (e.g. ancillary documents including board minutes, share transfer documents, shareholder resolutions etc.);
  • drafting and filing of Companies Act 2006 forms, including hand delivering documents to Companies House where necessary;
  • designing PowerPoint presentation slides and assisting with the delivery of training sessions (with other team members) for the team on corporate law topics;
  • project managing smaller projects including liaising with overseas legal counsel, other advisers and clients;
  • co-ordinating the input of overseas legal counsel on transactions;
  • assisting with business development activities, including the preparation of marketing materials;
  • preparing legal update articles and sector specific articles for external client circulation;
  • assisting with the preparation of proposals and fee and work scopes;
  • carrying out legal and other research;
  • assisting with know-how projects including summarising know-how and other materials for inclusion in KPMG's knowledge management system;
  • assisting with the administration of the KPMG internal training programme; and
  • assisting with projects that other team members are working on.

Qualifications and Skills

You will hold a Legal Practising Certificate

Experience and Background

KPMG Legal Services are looking for professionals who are:

  • Team players who are keen to develop personally and professionally and enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines
  • Keen interest in the law, intellectually curious, open-minded and analytical people, with an eye for detail and pride in their work.
  • Driven and proactive and someone who will deliver a great service to their clients.
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise their workload and are able to deal with a fluid, changing work environment.

You will be currently working in a professional services organisation and able to demonstrate you are committed to a career in the legal profession.   In your career to date you will be able to show a track record of:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Client skills
  • Highly organised
  • Ability to handle a large work load
  • Multi-tasking
  • Keen to learn
  • Financial management

Key Skills

  • Drafting
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management

We recognise that as individuals, we each have particular needs and that one size doesn’t fit all, when it comes to how, when and where you work. That’s why we’re proud to offer our colleagues agile working options. We believe in putting you at the centre of your career – KPMG will offer the training, development and stimulating work environment to help you get to where your career ambitions are. That’s why we introduced ‘Our Deal’ – it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for bringing your best to work. As part of ‘Our Deal’, you’ll benefit from a range of rewards from secondment opportunities and preferential banking services to a day off on your birthday and have open, honest conversations about your career development.

While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a balanced lifestyle. We offer part time roles with flexible working arrangements which could include, annualised hours, early or late starts to fit around other commitments, shorter working days etc. We are happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest and, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly Equal Opportunities employer.


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