Paralegal Career Opportunities

The traditional working practice for solicitors firms has in the past been the solicitor secretary dictation relationship. This is a 'top down' delegation business model. Wilson Nesbitt have had a different approach over the last decade having developed case management systems which allow client contact & file management responsibility to be devolved to paralegals who follow integrated database, precedent library and diary workflow (ideal file template) processes. In the Wilson Nesbitt business model problems and risk management decisions are 'escalated up'.

What are paralegals?

Paralegals are legal practitioners who work for solicitors in their offices handling client files. Many roles involve daily client contact and caseload responsibility under the supervision and direction of solicitors.

Do all solicitors employ paralegals?

No. Solicitors firms are however increasingly starting to employ paralegals. Wilson Nesbitt employ 35 paralegals who work in all practice areas.

What do Wilson Nesbitt paralegals do?

Experienced Wilson Nesbitt paralegals have caseload and direct client contact responsibilities in the areas of residential conveyancing, remortgaging, personal injury, family law, estate administration, will writing, property repossession, debt recovery and employment law.

What qualifications do you need to have to be a paralegal?

Wilson Nesbitt's minimum requirement for paralegal staff are good A levels or equivalent or failing that years of accumulated experience in the firm. Almost all Wilson Nesbitt paralegals have degrees and many have law degrees.

What skills would I learn as a paralegal?

Paralegals ordinarily commence work with Wilson Nesbitt in administrative roles which enable the paralegal to develop skills in office systems, file administration, team working and communication. Those paralegals effecting administrative functions who work well in a team environment, are open to learning new skills, are prepared to take responsibility, prove to be reliable, show enthusiasm and evidence confident communication skills will be offered the opportunity to handle client files. This elevation will put the paralegal in the position of managing the client's file, being the client's point of contact, advising the client, having responsibility for progressing the client's work to a conclusion and interacting with the supervising solicitor or partner on technical and risk issues.

What career opportunities are there for paralegals?

Wilson Nesbitt have a three partners, six solicitors and two senior managers who all started with the firm as paralegals. Wilson Nesbitt have only been recruiting paralegals since 1998. Wilson Nesbitt are continuing to evolve the career opportunities and reward structures for their experienced and capable paralegals.

When do Wilson Nesbitt recruit paralegals?

With over 35 paralegals employed and many areas of practice expanding Wilson Nesbitt regularly recruit paralegals either to replace existing staff or cope with planned expansion. Wilson Nesbitt recruit on average one or two paralegals every month and at certain times of the year more. Each recruited paralegal will be trained and specialise in an administration role in a designated practice area and if subsequently selected to handle client files will relatively quickly become very proficient in that area of law with a significant personal caseload. Visit the 'Current Vacancies' section to see our current recruitment requirements.