We are always looking for talented people to join us. If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.

Our highly regarded Family and Matrimonial team has a rare opportunity for a paralegal to join the team in a role which involves a significant amount of client-facing work.

In this role you will assist solicitors (up to partner level) on a range of family law cases. You’ll be involved in drafting divorce petitions and court documents, collating information relating to financial remedy applications and the care of children. You may also be involved in other family issues from time to time. You’ll have contact with clients, barristers, solicitors, courts and other organisations. You’ll also support the team with some of the administration involved in their work to ensure the team provides an efficient and timely service. This may include client on-boarding checks, some filing and archiving.

Family law work supports people at one of the most stressful periods of their lives. It demands a high level of professionalism, communication, resilience and empathy. It can be as tough as it is rewarding, so we will expect a lot from you in this role. In return you’ll gain a significant amount of experience and development to help you in your career.

To apply you need a qualifying law degree or GDL and have completed your LPC – at least one of which must have included a family elective/module. (Alternatively, you may have at least 12 months’ experience already working as a family paralegal.) Current experience as a paralegal is desirable, but not essential for someone who can show a particular passion for family work.

We’ll also expect a strong and consistent record of academic success, a high level of proficiency in IT/document production skills and excellent organisation skills.

Some areas of the role are able to be performed remotely and other elements will require some office attendance. You should therefore be able to attend our office in Reading as required.

Please ensure that your application includes a detailed CV and a covering letter/message explaining your suitability for the role and your availability to start.

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Annual salary: £22,500

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Let’s start at the beginning. About us:

We are a medium-sized, independent law firm based in Reading and we’re looking for a Wills, Trusts and Estates Newly Qualified Solicitor to join our team.

We offer a broad range of legal services to commercial organisations and individuals alike and pride ourselves on providing a client-centred, high-quality service.

Joining FSP

We are particularly well known for our friendly and supportive culture, which has been a core part of our philosophy since we were founded over 30 years ago. We have a strong social ethos here and joining our ‘Family FSP’ you can be confident you’ll be looked after and supported throughout your career. We work as a team and encourage personal development and a healthy work-life balance here. We’re passionate about supporting our local community and social activities across our teams and wider firm. Read through our FSP Employee Benefits below for more detail on what you can expect with this role.

The role

Our Wills, Trusts and Estates team is expanding and as part of our growth, we are looking to appoint a newly qualified solicitor to the team.

Your day to day caseload will involve working on the full range of non-contentious matters including the preparation and drafting of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney , as well as handling estate administration work (including advice relating to inheritance tax and the preparation of IHT accounts) for a wide range of private clients.

As part of the role, you will receive extensive supervision and training to develop your knowledge and experience in a successful private client department. In addition, you will be responsible for your own clients and caseload as well as being expected to be involved in team, and firmwide, business development activities.

You will be joining a busy team dealing with a wide range of matters and will be working in a friendly, professional department. Our Band One recognised Chambers and Legal 500 team continues to grow and there is now an exciting opportunity for you to develop your career to join an expanding, busy team with high quality work in this area. You will work with colleagues on large cases whilst benefitting from supervision and support from the widely experienced team. You’ll also work together with other colleagues within the contentious and non-contentious teams and take part in business develop opportunities.

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Let’s start at the beginning…about us:

We are a medium-sized, independent law firm based in Reading and we’re looking for an Employment Solicitor to join our team. If you are due to qualify in September 2022 (and have completed at least one seat in Employment) or have been qualified for up to three years and are looking for a fresh challenge with amazing colleagues, this role could be the perfect opportunity for you…

Joining FSP

This is an exceptional opportunity to become a part of a friendly yet ambitious law firm where you can develop your career as an employment law specialist whilst working on an exciting and busy caseload of high-quality work.

At FSP we are particularly well known for our welcoming and supportive culture. We have a strong social ethos here and joining our ‘FSP Family’ you can be confident you’ll be looked after throughout your career and you will certainly never be bored – our impressive collection of legal minds attracts both exciting clients and a diversification of work that means that junior and senior lawyers alike are never short of interesting and challenging work. We work as a team, encourage personal development and a healthy work-life balance and look to support our people with their changing lifestyles and expectations.

We are also passionate about supporting our local community and hold a number of charitable and social activities across our teams and wider firm throughout the year. Please do read through our FSP Benefits below for more detail on what you can expect with this role.

Our culture is very special and is core to the reason we have been awarded Investors in People Gold.

The role

Sat within our wider Business Services Team, our employment team boasts one of the largest employment teams in the local area which means your colleagues will include one partner, two senior associates, one associate and one solicitor.  As part of the team you’ll build your experience working collaboratively on some challenging matters while also running your own caseload of more straightforward cases.

Your day-to-day caseload will involve a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, acting for both businesses and private individuals. This role will offer you client contact from week one and regular exposure to things such as settlement agreements, drafting contracts of employment, disciplinaries and grievances, redundancy matters, employment tribunals, and corporate support work. You will also be expected to play an active part in the team’s business development activities, including attendance at seminars, training workshops, networking events, and writing articles for our monthly eBulletin.

As part of the role, you will receive supervision and extensive training to develop your knowledge and experience in our successful department. You will be empowered and responsible for your own clients and caseload as well as being expected to be involved in team, and firmwide, business development activities. Whilst having enjoyed employment experience before joining us, most importantly we are looking for people with the drive and ability to learn as well as a passion for practising employment law.  It’s a rare opportunity for someone looking to prosper in a hugely supportive environment.

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This role offers experience in a variety of different areas of conveyancing legal practice such that you will be involved at most stages of a typical residential transaction from on-boarding clients to assisting with completion mechanics and registrations. Some of the work will be administrative in nature but there will also be considerable opportunity to learn what it takes to be a lawyer.

The work is varied and stimulating, but it is also busy and challenging.  You will need to be extremely organised and comfortable having direct contact with clients and purchasers’ legal representatives. You will be expected to manage your own caseload under supervision. Not all transactions run entirely smoothly and a good degree of resilience and composure is required to provide a high-quality and professional service at all times. But you won’t be doing this alone: you’ll be part of a small, friendly team and valued for your individual contribution with support to develop your skills and experience.

It is part of our ethos that everyone is encouraged to develop and pursue their legal career, with the support and guidance from everyone in the team. It is the head of the team’s mission to ensure everyone is moving forward! We’ll encourage conversations with you around opportunities we have at FSP for training to qualify as a solicitor – including through our Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship route.

Ideally you will already have at least 6 months of conveyancing / property experience as a paralegal or trainee legal executive but LPC graduates with other paralegal experience and a genuine interest in conveyancing as a career will also be considered.

Full time, permanent

Salary: £22,500

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Here’s an idea of the type of person we’re looking for and what the role involves:

  • You’ll have a strong background in a range of Commercial & Technology work
  • Track record of advising on significant technology projects, including cloud computing, app development, business process outsourcing, data protection, cyber security and technology matters
  • Significant involvement in business development
  • Presenting and pitching for work with larger corporates
  • Working with autonomy – collaborating with peers and others for discussion/review on larger matters
  • Commercial acumen in your work
  • Most likely you’ll be 5 years PQE+ or similar experience
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Our New Homes team has an opportunity for a paralegal to predominantly look after our plot sales and also assist the wider team with normal paralegal duties. As part of a wider Residential Conveyancing department, the team provides a tailored service for a wide range of developer clients from national housebuilders and joint venture partners to local smaller scale developers and first time developers.  Joining the team, you’ll assist with sales of new-build and property conversions of houses and flats, sold off plan or already built, freehold and leasehold,  under a variety of options for purchasing including out-right sale, part-exchange and government incentive schemes.

The work is varied and stimulating, but it is also busy and challenging.  You will need to be extremely organised and comfortable having direct contact with clients and purchasers’ legal representatives. You will be expected to manage your own caseload under the supervision of our Head of New Homes. Not all transactions run entirely smoothly and a good degree of resilience and composure is required to provide a high-quality and professional service at all times. But you won’t be doing this alone: you’ll be part of a small, friendly team and valued for your individual contribution with support to develop your skills and experience.

It is part of our ethos that everyone is encouraged to develop and pursue their legal career, with the support and guidance from everyone in the team. It is the head of the team’s mission to ensure everyone is moving forward! We’ll encourage conversations with you around opportunities we have at FSP for training to qualify as a solicitor – including through our Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship route.

Ideally you will already have at least 6 months of conveyancing / property experience as a paralegal or trainee legal executive but LPC graduates with other paralegal experience and a genuine interest in conveyancing as a career will also be considered.

Read through our FSP Employee Benefits on our Careers page for more detail on what you can expect with this role.

Full time, permanent

Salary: £22,500

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Are you looking to join a friendly team in a role that has scope for career progression? Our Rural Property team handle a wide variety of work including buying and selling farmland, putting under option land for residential or commercial development including PV solar parks and other renewable energy projects, granting easements and dealing with agricultural and commercial leases. We’re looking for a paralegal who will work with the wider team on a variety of matters relating to rural commercial property.

The role would suit someone with prior experience as a paralegal in a property department and who has an interest in rural land and the environment. We’re passionate about development at FSP, and so, for the successful candidate, we’d encourage conversations with you around opportunities we have for training to qualify as a solicitor – including through our Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship route.

Your fee earning responsibilities will include reviewing and reporting on legal documents, undertaking research, preparing reports, drafting correspondence and basic legal documents, drafting financial statements, and, in time, managing your own files. You will also be required to undertake administrative tasks including managing client files, operating the firm’s case management system, carrying out client due diligence and managing telephone calls and emails.

You could find yourself working on any type of rural property work happening within the team and as you develop in the role you’ll have direct client contact and increasing responsibility. You will also enjoy being part of a very supportive and sociable team.

Candidates must have a strong academic record including, as a minimum, a 2.1 law degree or GDL commendation and be able to commit to a full-time role. You’ll be able to demonstrate a strong intellect, excellent communication skills and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Full time, permanent

Salary: £22,500

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We are expanding our agricultural / farming and estates sector work and as a result need to appoint a new solicitor within our Real Estate Team.  This is a varied and stimulating area of work, providing excellent prospects for job satisfaction and career development.

Working closely with a Partner and Legal Director, you will advise and assist on a wide range of matters connected with rural land including sales and acquisitions of agricultural land and buildings, drafting overage provisions, farm-related tenancy issues including succession rights and surrenders, wayleaves and easements, single farm/basic payment subsidy transfers, property development/investment work and more.  You may, from time to time, also get involved in wider property work supporting the rest of the team. As with all our lawyers, you’ll be encouraged to get involved in business development and other activities as part of growing the practice and your own skills and reputation.

You will need to be able to demonstrate an interest in the sector and an affinity with our clients and contacts.

To apply, please submit your CV with a message/covering letter explaining your interest in the role.

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We are an independent law firm based in Reading.

Our Real Estate Team is the largest in Reading and prides itself on providing City quality work outside London. Our exceptional lawyers handle a wide range of property transactions – including the acquisition and disposal of interests in real estate on individual sites and property portfolios, planning, environment and construction work, landlord and tenant matters and taxation and finance issues.

We are looking to appoint an experienced solicitor into our Commercial Property team.  Joining us probably at associate level you are likely to have the experience to allow you to fit effortlessly into a team which handles a wide range of property transactions and advice – including office, industrial and retail lettings, large residential developments, investment property, secured lending and agricultural / rural estates work, acting for owners and occupiers, sellers and purchasers and financial institutions. You need not have experience of all these areas and your role will be tailored according to your skills and interests.

Our friendly and talented team has a strong training ethos with regular team training events and updates and we are keen to invest in the career development and progression of our lawyers.  Marketing activities are strongly encouraged and there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved in social events for team and business development reasons.

If you are interested in our vacancy please apply with a detailed CV and a covering letter/message explaining your interest in the role and availability to start.

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Working for FSP

We have fantastic people at Field Seymour Parkes, from our receptionists to our partners, and we know that every single one of them is key to our success.

We have a track record in developing people and their careers, with success being rewarded regardless of length of service or background. Our Family FSP ethos ensures that there are opportunities for all and we encourage engagement, participation and responsibility at all levels.

In the same way that we build lasting relationships to support our clients through their personal and business lives, we aim to do the same for our employees. Our offices in the heart of Reading are a great place to work, but we also understand that our people have lives outside of their job and we offer enhanced family-friendly benefits, a core hours policy and opportunities for remote working.  We also offer life assurance, income protection and an employee assistance program to all employees.

If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.

Employee benefits

  • 25 days’ annual leave, increasing with length of service
  • A core working hours policy which mean you can flex your day start and end times
  • Hybrid working
  • Eligibility to join our annual performance related discretionary bonus scheme
  • Enrolment to our company pension scheme
  • Professional subscription fees covered
  • Training opportunities
  • Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Season ticket loans
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Recruitment bonus scheme