Paralegal Apprenticeship (Manchester) Pinsent Masons

We are seeking to recruit Apprentice Paralegals to join our Vario Paralegal Centre of Excellence based in Manchester. This is an exciting opportunity to join a prestigious corporate law firm, working towards a Paralegal qualification delivered by the University of Law.

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Closing date: 12 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Pinsent Masons Vario provides a range of professional services to our clients. These include flexible legal provision, legal project management, legal technology consultancy and managed legal services.

We have developed the Paralegal Centre of Excellence, which brings together a range of paralegal skills and capabilities and provides a variety of services to both our lawyers and our clients.

A paralegal is a highly valued member of a legal team that has extensive knowledge of the law and legal matters, but is not a qualified lawyer. Paralegals undertake a wide variety of administrative and legal work. The work our paralegals do is a key part of how we deliver legal services and they can choose to specialise in a specific area of the law.

You will be joining a fast-paced, busy working environment where personal resilience and a willingness to “give it a go” are key to success. As part of a friendly team, you will have opportunity to enjoy an active social life - this includes sports activities, charity work and meals out. You will have the opportunity to work and network with other Apprentice Paralegals.

Each Apprentice Paralegal will work within one or more of the key legal teams that we support, which may include:

  • Litigation
  • Property
  • Employment and Reward
  • Corporate
  • Banking and Restructuring

The type of tasks an Apprentice Paralegal can expect to assist with on a day-to-day basis can vary but may include:

  • Helping to manage the documentation required in legal matters, including creating bundles of documents that will be used in court
  • Drafting legal documents such as contracts, settlement agreements and witness statements
  • Conducting legal research and writing up advice notes
  • Preparing reports for clients
  • Managing and updating case management systems
  • Taking minutes and writing up notes for meetings or legal proceedings
  • Other ad-hoc duties and tasks as dictated by the business and client needs

As you progress in your role, you will be introduced to more advanced tasks to help you build a portfolio and work towards the paralegal qualification.

The training you will be getting

As a part of your apprenticeship, you will study towards a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard delivered by the University of Law, the largest provider of legal education in the UK. You will spend one day per week studying legal foundation subjects and skills modules and preparing for a range of assessments.

You will also complete regular tasks and receive feedback from your subject tutor, as well as meet with the Skills Coach to support your progress.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of the programme, you would have the opportunity to apply for roles such as Assistant Paralegal, Paralegal, or Solicitor Apprentice, depending on role availability
  • You may also want to work towards one of the promoted roles within the Paralegal Centre of Excellence, including Senior Paralegal or Team Lead

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Personal responsibility, Openness, Interest in business


GCSE or equivalent Minimum 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) (Grade C or 4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Minimum 3 A-Levels (Grade CCC or above) Essential

About the employer

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,800 employees operating from 27 locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our expertise is recognised globally. In recent years we have achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and been counted among the most innovative law firms in Europe and Asia Pacific by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and technology, science and industry sectors. We are a Disability Confident and top Stonewall employer, a Valuable 500 member, a founding member of the Mindful Business Charter, signatory of the Race at Work Charter and a proud partner of Neurodiversity in Law. We encourage and value different ideas and styles of thinking. It’s with different perspectives that we’ll find solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges. It’s how we’ll deliver outstanding results today, and tomorrow. We’re proud to have been placed 18th amongst RateMyApprenticeship Best 100 Employers 2023-2024.


Pinsent Masons


3 Hardman Street


M3 3AU


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard


Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please complete the online application form to apply for this role. The applications will close at 11.59pm on 12th February 2024. Following the deadline, we will screen all applications and share the outcome with the candidates. Successful candidates will be invited to an in-person assessment centre which will take place in March/April 2024.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 12 Feb 2024