Practice Area: Litigation LSC

Recruitment Partner: Samantha Houghton

Office: Manchester

Reference: 21350/SH

We are one of Europe’s most innovative Law firms as voted by the Financial Times.

We have won numerous awards, including being independently ranked as 1 of the top employers for working families, as well as being in the top 2 law firms for employee satisfaction.

With offices nationwide and overseas, we are growing and are looking for top talent to come on board and be part of our success.

Main function of job

DWF are seeking a Project Support Team lead Paralegal to join their team in Manchester. The individual will have a hybrid role, where they will be responsible for fee earning and supervising a team of paralegals. Members of the team will work on a wide range of routine assignments in either a stand-alone or an integrated way alongside the firm's qualified lawyers in a variety of Practice Groups.

Due to the stage of development, dynamic environment and the clients we seek to serve, the role is not an ordinary 9-5 job. We are looking for an individual with a strong work ethic, who takes pride in their work, comfortable working at a fast pace and with a desire to supervise work and people management on a day-to-day basis. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong IT skills across multiple platforms and be open to leading the team on new technological solutions
  • Effective personal organisational and time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple demands and prioritise workloads
  • The ability to work under pressure, to tight timescales with a sense of urgency
  • Common sense, commerciality and the ability to exercise judgement
  • A strong desire to develop skills and capability
  • Experience working in either Litigation, commercial or corporate & banking undertaking paralegal legal support work
  • Intermediate level skills in undertaking administrative activity.
  • Excellent communication skills with a professional approach to clients
  • Ability to solve problems and queries effectively
  • Experience of supervising work or leading small teams


  • Responsible to: Director – Management Legal Support Centre
  • Liaison with: Wide range of Partners and Lawyers from multiple Practice Areas around the firm.

Main Duties

The role of a Project Support Team Lead Paralegal is varied and includes:

  • Taking responsibility for the delivery of allocated tasks of both self and the team
  • Supervision of work conducted by the team
  • Liaising with instructors of work regarding return dates, process improvement and feedback.
  • Completing tasks to scope, on time and on budget
  • Delivering work to service standards in accordance with the DWF excellence framework/SLA requirements
  • Taking ownership for the delivery of complete client satisfaction and continuous improvement
  • Team administration, including but not limited to team work allocation, training matrix, holidays and general HR queries
  • Compliance with the procedures of the business as set out in any core materials, manuals and training materials.
  • Supervision of team Legal Apprentices and allocation of work, supporting protected learning time.
  • Leading team on validation of process maps produced and in creating SOP’s/guides

Examples of specific work types could include:

  • Checking/reviewing legal documents for quality, consistency and content
  • Drafting and producing legal documentation and standard forms
  • Assessing the relevance of a wide range of documentation as part of contentious claims
  • Reviewing and reporting on documents as part of due diligence exercise
  • Managing electronic data site including uploading and ordering documentation
  • Providing pre and post completion support on transactional work areas
  • Compiling Management Information and reports and completing data integrity checks
  • Leading on large disclosure and e-disclosure exercises
  • Legal support work to practice groups in Litigation, commercial, corporate & banking and insurance.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF

Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.

Disability Support

As an inclusive employer, DWF wants to see every candidate performing at their best. Please log in to Clear Talents at to tell us what reasonable adjustments you may need and to discover how we might improve your recruitment experience, examples of reasonable adjustments could include: additional time for exercises, a hearing induction loop, a request for information in an alternative format. DWF are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Samantha Houghton on

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