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30 Jun 2022
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UK Government Investments - Paralegal

12-18 month FTC
Work of the UKGI Legal Team

The work of UKGI sits at the intersection of the private and public sectors and provides an exciting environment in which to provide legal support. The work is challenging, fast paced and crucial to the delivery of UKGI’s purpose. UKGI lawyers advise on a mix of corporate finance and corporate governance issues in both a transactional and advisory capacity and on litigation and public inquiry matters. The team is regularly provided with opportunities to explore and grow expertise across a broad range of legal issues.

UKGI legal is a small, close-knit team which provides a broad range of legal support, working collaboratively with UKGI colleagues, as they deliver UKGI’s high profile corporate finance, corporate governance, litigation oversight and inquiry strategy roles. The work of the legal team is truly varied. No project or shareholder role is alike, and each requires a tailored legal response.

The role

Working at UKGI includes working with novel issues in complex and unique disputes, inquiries/investigations, transactions, and corporate governance issues. The successful candidate should have solid commercial awareness and an interest in UK politics.

We are looking for an experienced litigation paralegal to provide support and advice to in-house legal and shareholder teams dealing with a variety of litigation issues.

We are aiming for the appointed candidate to start September, subject to the successful completion of reference checks and security clearance.

Key Responsibilities

As a paralegal within the UKGI legal team your responsibilities will include:
• General litigation support in relation to the organisation’s participation in a public inquiry process. For example, assisting with the review and analysis of documentary evidence, preparing evidence bundles, assisting with the preparation of witness statements and other submissions;
• Working with UKGI lawyers on a document disclosure exercise;
• Assisting with the instructing of external lawyers including counsel and managing legal spend;
• Acting as a liaison with the inquiry on administrative matters;
• Organising and maintaining files; and
• Assisting with project management of key workstreams.

Preferred Experience

The successful candidate will:
• have 2+ years’ experience in a law firm or other legal team;
• have a law degree/GDL and LPC qualification; and
• preferably have public inquiry experience, though general disputes, regulatory or other related experience will also be considered.

Essential Skills

• The UKGI legal team advises on a very broad range of issues, so the ability and willingness to absorb new areas of law is key;
• You will be bright, tenacious and a self-starter with proven experience in working directly with senior management and with senior stakeholders (both internal and external);
• You will also be able to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to build relationships at all levels and a personal focus on achieving practical legal solutions;
• You will have the ability to prioritise and work on time sensitive matters in a fast-paced environment and the flexibility to adapt to emerging priorities and objectives;
• You are able to multitask, work independently and proactively; and
• You are team-focused, collaborative and enthusiastic to learn.

About UKGI

At UK Government Investments (UKGI), we provide the government with expertise in corporate finance and governance. What we do is unique. We are responsible for ensuring the effective governance and stewardship of government owned companies (such as NatWest Group and the British Business Bank), advising the government on corporate finance issues (including interventions into distressed corporate structures, such as Thomas Cook, British Steel or UK’s acquisition of satellite firm OneWeb) and all significant UK government asset sales (for example, the sale of the Green Investment Bank, sale of UK residential mortgages (most recently through a £4.9 billion disposal in 2019), securitisation of the Student Loan book or the IPO of the Royal Mail). The work we do is significant in terms of social, economic and political impact.

Wholly owned by HM Treasury (HMT), UKGI has a team comprised of c.160 experts which is quickly growing, drawn from the private sector (from banks, accountancy and legal firms) and from the Civil Service to ensure we provide government departments with high quality advice that is delivered and acted upon in the best way possible.

Working for UKGI provides a unique opportunity for talented individuals from both the public and private sector to contribute to work of national importance.

Diversity statement

UKGI has a strong commitment to equality and diversity. Our aim is to be an open and inclusive organisation, recruiting and retaining diverse, talented, and high-performing people who support and develop one another.

At UKGI we are fully committed to supporting staff to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. We operate a hybrid working model based and expect employees to be in the office for 50% of their time. The post is available on a full time, part time or job share basis, and applications from individuals seeking flexible working, reduced hours contracts and job shares are actively encouraged.

At UKGI we place a high degree of value on work life balance and as such applications from individuals seeking flexible working, reduced hours contracts and job shares are also actively encouraged

UKGI is a Disability Confident Employer. This means we’ve been recognised as an employer which is confident and leading the way in recruiting and retaining staff with disabilities. We will offer an interview to any applicants with a disability who have indicated they wish to take part in the disability confident scheme, provided they meet the essential criteria for the post set out in the person specification.

UKGI is also part of the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans’ initiative. This means that as part of our commitment to diversity and equality in our recruitment and retention policy, we will offer an interview to any eligible applicants from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces provided they meet the essential criteria for the post set out in the person specification. Please indicate on your application that you wish for your application to be considered as part of this initiative.