PQE: Not applicable
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Employment
Location: London
Why Bates Wells?

Executive Summary

We are seeking a Paralegal to join our leading Employment department. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience of employment law and to develop your skills and experience in this area.

About you

  • Degree educated, or equivalent.
  • Previous Paralegal experience desirable.
  • Ability to perform legal research.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and principles.
  • The ability to analyse legal documents for accuracy.
  • A spirit of co-operation and a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Commitment to the success of the firm.
  • Good team player.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to use initiative and to work well under pressure.
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Good spelling and grammar.
  • Ability to prioritise.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to relate to people at all levels.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • A willingness and capability to serve client needs and handle client relations at the highest level.
  • Personable but highly professional.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a busy working environment.
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours may be required from time-to-time.

Key responsibilities

  • Document management including preparation of hearing bundles and reviewing and redacting data.
  • Conducting legal research on a range of employment topics – producing written notes for fee earners, ensuring all other relevant information is considered.
  • Drafting legal documents, ranging from employment contracts to Grounds of Claim / Resistance and witness statements.
  • Drafting correspondence and advice notes to clients under supervision.
  • Interacting with clients and providing client care.
  • Reviewing documents and analysing the legal position for fee-earners.
  • Supporting fee-earners during the litigation process at all tribunal and Court levels. This includes ensuring correct case management, handling documents, drafting applications to the Court and corresponding with Courts and Tribunals.
  • Note-taking at client meetings and Court hearings.
  • Checking legal forms and documents for accuracy.
  • Proofreading legal documents.
  • Supporting the department in running client-facing marketing events.
  • Managing own workload and fee-earners expectations to deliver work on time.

Written communication:

  • Producing legally accurate letters of advice to clients under supervision.
  • Drafting correspondence to third parties including the Employment Tribunals.
  • Circulating internal legal updates to fee-earners.
  • Producing accurate attendance notes documenting telephone calls / meetings.
  • Producing accurate memorandums documenting the results of research.

Verbal communication:

  • Communicating directly with a variety of clients on a daily basis including senior officials and high profile clients under supervision.
  • Taking instruction from fee earners.
  • Communicating information back to members of the team following research / problems encountered.

Interviewing and advising:

  • Taking attendance notes in client meetings.
  • Completing any necessary follow-up work from meetings as instructed.
  • Taking initial instructions from clients via the telephone / email, analysing the facts and identifying client objectives – recording these in a clear manner for the head of department.
  • Regularly researching and reporting to fee earners on the likely methods of achieving the client objectives taking into account the law, personal priorities / commercial practicalities and timing considerations.


  • Participating in team meetings.
  • Attending internal training and external training as and when required.
  • Keeping up to date with developments in law and practice so that standard of work is not compromised.

About our culture

  • A one firm approach means working together and improving to achieve common goals and to provide a consistent Bates Wells experience.
  • As a values-driven firm we show commitment to our clients, our people, the environment and society. We take into account the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis in developing our business strategy.
  • We want to have a positive impact on our people who are our greatest asset so that they can have a positive impact on others.  Purpose is baked into our partnership deed.
  • We promote a strong work/life balance with at least 25 days holiday with the opportunity to buy more and a ‘Summer in the City’ early finish.
  • We have an agile and hybrid working environment – this means you might sit next to a different colleague every day or choose to work from our rooftop garden if you are in the office.
  • Our benefits and wellbeing package includes firm matching pension contributions, private medical insurance plus a medical benefit cash plan, discretionary bonus arrangements, life assurance, subsidised gym memberships, lifestyle discount scheme and a firm-wide profit-sharing scheme.
  • Everyone gets a bonus if there is one - a proportion of the LLP profit is distributed to our people when we exceed our financial thresholds.

About our Employment team

We represent both employers and employees, from first query to tribunal.  We’ve handled many high-profile test cases in the higher courts, both in the UK and Europe. We’re particularly well-known for working with charities and ethical businesses.  We advise about all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment through to termination.  We also carry out investigations for clients and deliver training. 

How to find out more about us

Don’t forget to review our website ( to find out more and whether we’re the right fit for you. 


If you have any questions about this vacancy or require any reasonable adjustments to be made to the process due to a disability, please email:  Daisy Mortimer (