Italian-speaking Shipping Paralegal

London (City)
Up to £26,000 per annum + benefits
22 Feb 2021
22 Mar 2021
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The Firm
HFW is a sector focused global law firm.  We have over 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients.

Whether we are solving complex issues within the construction, aviation or shipping industries, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy we are specialist lawyers here to add value to our clients.  We think about the commercial solution first, and then underpin our advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise. 

The Department
Our shipping lawyers provide a comprehensive service to the global maritime business community. We have over 200 lawyers and 13 Master Mariners worldwide, specialising in maritime law, reflecting our long involvement in this field.  Our maritime lawyers have a sound understanding of how the market works across dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work.  We represent the full spectrum of those involved in the industry, including shipowners and charterers, P&I Clubs, banks, international agencies, shipyards, marine insurance underwriters, governments and brokers.

The Role
To provide paralegal support to a team that specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on shipping, focusing primarily on disputes arising out of all types of contract, including charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, sale and purchase and sale of goods, as well as collisions, groundings, fire and explosion, total loss, salvage, general average, towage, offshore and limitation.  This will involve a range of activities, including translating documents, document management, disclosure, and marketing and business development.

Key Skills & Experience Required
•    Law degree or GDL qualification, with a specialisation in maritime law.
•    Native or bilingual Italian; excellent English.
•    Previous law firm experience.
•    Strong interpersonal skills including oral/written communications, influencing, diplomacy, flexibility, tenacity.
•    Time management - able to work to tight deadlines, ensuring a high standard of accuracy, prioritising work between fee earners.
•    Client service - dealing with queries from internal and external clients in a professional, polite and considerate manner.
•    Strong IT skills, including MS Office 2016.

Additional Information
Kindly note that this Job Description is not contractual. It will be reviewed periodically and may be amended or altered to meet the needs of the firm.

HFW aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will be considered only on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.

HFW collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants to manage its recruitment process. The firm is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.  For information on how the firm will process your data, please see our Privacy Notice on our website (, in the section "What we collect and how we use it".

Due to the volume of applications, only those candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Only direct applications accepted for this role. 

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