Legal Assistant Vacancy
12-month contract commencing September 2022
Keating Chambers is a leading commercial set specialising in high-profile construction, engineering, IT, telecommunications, and energy related disputes, which typically involve issues relating to the law of contract, tort, and restitution. Chambers has an impressive specialism in disputes over building projects, from skyscrapers to power plants, representing clients like BT, E.ON and Transport for London. Chambers also undertakes a broader range of work including professional negligence, public procurement and competition law, planning law, environmental and other regulatory work.
Keating Chambers is also a founding partner of Bridging the Bar (BTB), a charity committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity at the Bar of England and Wales at all professional levels. Chambers shares BTB’s belief that “for any organisation to reach its full potential, it must reflect the diverse society that we live in.”
The Legal Assistant position does not require any prior specialist knowledge of construction law or experience of the construction industry. However, the role will be very demanding. As well as assisting members of Chambers with research for ongoing or contemplated proceedings, the successful candidate will assist in preparing presentations, seminars and articles relating to Chambers’ principal practice areas. The candidate will also assist in books and other publications that members of Chambers are involved in. View the full job description here.
Applicants should be motivated, able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, and manage several projects at any one time. Previous appointees have completed the BVS/BTC 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, Lexis, i-law, Justis, Lawtel, BAILII and Construction Law Reports) and paper sources (such as Halsbury’s Laws/Statutes).
In return, Keating Chambers will offer the successful applicant a salary of c.30k p.a. and an interest-free loan to cover travelling expenses to and from work (if required) and pension scheme. In addition, the role will provide unrivalled exposure to areas of Chambers’ work and to leading practitioners involved in high profile work.
Applications should be made by email to Elaine Browne on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a completed application form and a covering letter, entering LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION in the subject of the email by midday on Monday 20th June 2022. Each application should name two academic referees who will be contacted prior to any offer being made. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in Chambers late afternoon / early evening at the start of July 2022 and employment will commence early September by arrangement.
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.