A role with a global law firm with no fee earning target, but offering high quality work? Interested?
Does this sound too good to be true? Well it is certainly a real option to consider, available in many regions and not just confined to London. Many experienced Paralegals and other qualified Lawyers are now forging a career within the fast developing field of document review.
A good example of a firm offering this type of opportunity in my region, specifically Birmingham, is Hogan Lovells. This well-known law firm has over 800 partners and around 2,500 lawyers worldwide. They are the 12th largest law firm globally by revenue and have an enviable client list. From landmark litigation cases to multinational mergers and acquisitions, their lawyers work on demanding, high profile matters. The quality of the organisations they advise and the complexity of the cases they take on, means their staff engage with work that’s both challenging and can provide great job satisfaction. Hogan Lovells stands at the vanguard of the legal profession and the firm is constantly seeking new ways to improve the services it offers to their clients in a cost effective way and to deliver value.
Their Legal Services Centre in Birmingham with its document review specialists makes an important contribution to this offering. It is an innovative and exciting extension of the London office. They currently have 27 experienced qualified lawyers, supported by paralegals and temporary staff (these can be paralegals and/or lawyers) that work closely with their London teams to deliver a great service as well as value for money for their clients on large, high profile City grade work.
Like many global law firms, Hogan Lovells has reviewed the resourcing of many of its legal services and has committed to further developing the already well established Legal Services Centre in Birmingham. The firm is actively looking to expand its Document Review team with experienced and talented Document Reviewers.
As we have highlighted Hogan Lovells is a market leader in this field, but there are other law firms who we regularly work with looking for document review specialists.
What is Document Review?
Document Review has historically been a very busy area of work for global law firms in London, as they are dealing with so many large, complex and often lengthy cross-border disputes. This seems set to change with Document Review now being carried out more frequently in the UK regions.
Document review often arises in the context of litigation as each side must comply with the Court’s directions to disclose documents that are relevant to the issues in dispute. This is an important part of the litigation process. It requires bright individuals who are able to understand the often complex issues of a case in a short period of time, so that they can then apply that understanding to the documents they review, in order to decide whether the document is relevant and disclosable (eg. whether there is a right to withhold inspection based upon privilege).
It can also involve a review of the opposing party’s disclosed documents, in order to highlight key documents that may assist with risk assessment, strategy and/or preparation of witness evidence.
Document review is also undertaken in many other areas of the law. For example large scale contract reviews take place when dealing with mergers and acquisitions, reviewing property titles and leases for real estate deals, and reviewing documents against notices served in regulatory investigations. The nature of the projects undertaken is varied and with Hogan Lovells, you can be assured that it will be of a high calibre.
What background do you need?
Candidates should have completed the LPC and preferably have some commercial litigation experience, ideally gained from a top tier or leading regional law firm. Much will depend on the nature of the project as to whether paralegals or qualified lawyers are required. Some document review experience or experience of disclosure on a smaller scale, would be a benefit. Specific language skills may also be required for particular projects. Many of the Paralegal candidates we have placed have secured a training contract and are looking to enhance their experience in the meantime. Other candidates are experienced solicitors looking for something different that can fit with their personal life.
How long does each contract last and what salary can you expect?
Document Reviews can last from one day to six months or longer and can pay differing rates, which are often very competitive. Experienced paralegals and lawyers in this field often have the choice of working as much or as little as fits with their personal requirements. Document review can be a very flexible working option. The pay rates will depend upon the level and experience required of the reviewer and if there are any specific language requirements. In the age of international law firms acting for clients in a variety of legal jurisdictions and countries, the documents that have to be reviewed can be in a number of languages. Foreign language reviews often pay a premium.
If you are interested in considering a role within document review, then please contact Charlotte Williams at Chadwick Nott in Birmingham on 0121 200 5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.