Keating Chambers – Legal Assistant

Posted June 10th, 2013 by sally

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 also undertakes a broader range of work including professional negligence, EU procurement and competition law, environmental and other regulatory work, bonds, guarantees and party wall matters.

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 2013-2014 will be the eighth year for which this role has been offered.

This 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, lectures and articles relating to Chambers’ principal practice areas and be responsible for document management/bundling work. The successful candidate will also assist our Director of Research and Professional Development, Professor Anthony Lavers, who supervises the role.

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 all 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, Lloyds, 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.25k 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 covering letter headed “RE: LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION” by Friday 5 July 2013 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. 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 the evenings of 17 and 18 July 2013 and employment will commence end of August/start of September by arrangement.

For further details concerning recruitment at Keating Chambers please see our website

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.

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