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Paralegal – Aviation Finance – 6 months FTC (no agencies) Job at Stephenson Harwood London

What we will offer

We will offer you a place where you can be yourself and where there are no limits on what you can achieve. With us, you can take ownership of your career and have honest conversations throughout. You would join an ambitious firm with a clear strategy for profitable growth where you can get early responsibility and early involvement in growing the business. Here you can expect a competitive and fair reward as well as recognition based on all round performance. This forms part of our internal promise to you, The Deal, between the firm and its employees.

Team Structure

All of our fee-earning paralegal roles in London sit within our integrated Paralegal Services group. This group was founded in 2021 to help build upon our already successful use of paralegals to the Firm’s success and supporting our growth aspirations through the increased adoption of paralegals across all of our practices.

The integrated Paralegal Services team combines the advantages of paralegals being aligned to specific practices and the ability to gain tailored knowledge and experience, with the advantages in taking a firm wide best practice approach towards hiring, resourcing, developing and managing paralegals.

This specific role has a primary alignment to Aviation Finance.

Ranked amongst the top firms by leading legal directories for aviation finance and leasing, our award-winning team has a well-established reputation for excellence.

We have extensive experience in all areas of aviation finance and leasing, regularly advising airlines and international financiers and lessors on financing and leasing transactions and portfolio management activities.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working with the Aviation Finance team to provide support on multiple transactions
  • Transaction Management – including corresponding with third parties, overseas counsel, the client and counterparty to progress transactions
  • Drafting and reviewing corporate authorities and taking ownership of conditions precedent documentation and delivery
  • Arranging for legal searches and filings where necessary
  • Monitoring receipt of and indexing hardcopy original documents and transaction bibles
  • Co-ordinating DocuSign signing processes
  • Preparing reports and basic notes of advice
  • There may be an opportunity to work with other transactional teams on an ad-hoc basis

Aviation Finance transactions are generally fast-moving and offer the opportunity to work closely with our clients, other law firms and local counsel and take primary responsibility for discrete aspects of our transactions. You will gain broad market experience and be exposed to a range of different types of financing and leasing transactions. You will develop strong transaction management and administration skills, which will serve you well in your future employment.

We are happy to discuss flexible working and will facilitate this where possible.

Attributes/Skills Required

With 8 offices worldwide and with our headquarters based in London, Stephenson Harwood is a law firm where our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients – listed and private companies, institutions, and individuals across the globe. Our mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation and arbitration, employment, pensions and private wealth, finance, marine and international trade, and real estate and projects.

We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients’ needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

We understand the power of diversity in delivering that high calibre advice to our clients. We want to attract diverse talent and we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented demographics.

Our values:

Individuality – We encourage creativity and develop talent

Commitment – To be the best and deliver the highest standard

Teamwork – We work together to build close, long-term relationships

Straight talking – We say what we mean and do what we say

These values express the personality of the individuals within our firm. They are the behaviours we encourage in our people and the standards which inform our decisions and actions.

Our vision into 2026

To be a successful firm where talented people work together in an entrepreneurial environment, building long term client relationships.

This vision is about who we want to be, as well as who we are. It is as much about our values as about our character – the attributes we want to see from all of our people. It also reflects the importance of remaining independent – a clear sign that we are confident in our own future.

That’s how we unlock our entrepreneurial spirit, advising our clients with top performing teams.

A key part of the 2026 strategy is to focus on five core sectors: decarbonisation, life sciences, private capital & funds, technology, and transportation & trade. These have been identified as crucial in the drive for accelerated profitable growth.

This job description is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The firm reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm’s strategy and business needs.

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We are an equal opportunity organisation, committed to having a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, culture, or any other protected characteristics. We aim to create a culture where everyone can be themselves and is valued for their strengths and unique perspectives

About the Firm

  • A minimum of 1 years’ paralegal experience – essential
  • Experience or interest in asset finance – desirable
  • Strong academics, including a law degree or GDL and LPC
  • Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills
  • Organised, with good time management skills and the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Proactive and resilient
  • Team player

This job description is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The firm reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm’s strategy and business needs.

If you require this document in an accessible format (e.g. large print), please contact .

About the Company

Company: Stephenson Harwood

Company Location:  London

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