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Planning Paralegal (0419)

We're an ambitious law firm with a clear strategy. We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding services to clients in an innovative way. Our lawyers are clearly central to that, but so too are the people who support them.

Womble Bond Dickinson has established a multi-disciplinary legal team, called the Legal Solutions Centre, to deliver innovative, market leading legal support to the lawyers across our business in the Real Estate, Commercial Disputes, Corporate and Commercial practice groups in administrative and high volume processing activities.  

We're now developing that team and expanding our real estate support into the Bristol office.  As a result, we're looking for a Paralegal to join this team, supporting planning matters. 

What will you be doing?

In the Planning & Infrastructure team, you'll be responsible for supporting large DCO and CPO projects and will assist in managing the DCO/ CPO documentation, provide support through the examination process and through to consenting/ confirmation.  You will also support work on major commercial and residential schemes, undertake research tasks, support real estate transactions; take responsibility for searches, post completion activities and managing the associated documentation. You'll demonstrate an interest in planning and real estate, a sound commercial understanding and awareness, a high level of client service delivery and apply a commercial appreciation of billing and time recording.

So what are we looking for?

Previous real estate experience is not essential but an interest in the area, and some legal education would be helpful.

We're proud of our diverse teams and believe this is key to our success. Our people bring a very broad range of experience and skills and you'll be no different. Previous paralegal experience may be useful but is by no means necessary however you'll have ideally completed your law degree or GDL. What's also important to us is that you're able to provide the highest level of customer/client experience in a fast paced environment, will take ownership and use initiative, demonstrate excellent time management and self-motivation with proven forward planning skills whilst with the ability to prioritise. You must also have good communication skills, numeracy and literacy skills, and experience of using IT software such as Microsoft Excel and Word.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBTQ+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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3 Temple Quay, Temple Back East, Bristol, UK, BS1 6DZ

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Charlotte Hall

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