Legal Assistant - Keating Chambers

Legal Assistant

up to £28,000 p.a.

Keating Chambers is a leading commercial set. We specialise in high-profile construction, engineering, IT, telecommunications and energy related disputes and advice, professional negligence, EU procurement, competition and state aid law and environmental and other regulatory work.

As a result of its ongoing expansion and increasing workload, in 2006 Chambers took the decision to employ a Legal Assistant on a one-year contract, and 2017-2018 will be the twelfth year for which this role has been offered.

This position does not require any prior specialist knowledge of the areas of law in which we practise. However, the role will be very demanding.  As well as assisting members of Chambers with research for ongoing or contemplated proceedings and advice, the successful candidate will assist in preparing presentations, lectures and articles relating to Chambers’ principal practice areas and may be responsible for document management work.

Applicants should be motivated, able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, and able to manage several projects at any one time. Previous appointees have completed the BPTC or equivalent and this is regarded as highly desirable for the role.  The ability to understand and analyse complex legal issues and to communicate clearly is essential. So too is a high level of competence with both online research tools (including Westlaw, Justis, Lawtel, BAILII and Lexis-Nexis) and paper sources (such as Halsbury’s Laws/Statutes).

In return, Keating Chambers will offer the successful applicant a salary of c.28k p.a. and an interest-free loan to cover travelling expenses to and from work (if required).  In addition, the role will provide unrivalled exposure to areas of Chambers’ work and to leading practitioners involved in high profile work.

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and short covering letter headed “RE: LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION” by Monday 3rd July 2017 to Ms Elaine Browne at Keating Chambers, 15 Essex St, London, WC2R 3AA. Each application should name two academic referees who will be contacted prior to any offer being made.   In addition to a CV, applicants should provide a statement (maximum 500 words) of their experience and competence in conducting complex legal research tasks and familiarity with source material, both paper-based and online, and a summary of any relevant previous employment.  It is anticipated that interviews will take place in Chambers on two evenings of July 2017 and employment will commence late August/start of September by arrangement.

For further details concerning recruitment at Keating Chambers please see our website www.keatingchambers.com.

Keating Chambers is fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services.  The selection procedure is operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age.  If you are disabled and require any adjustments at any stage, please inform us and we will try to accommodate your needs.