Private Client Paralegal

Gibson Kerr
Contract Type
Practice Area
Private Client
Gibson Kerr are looking for an experienced personal law (private client) paralegal who wants a challenge.

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an expanding department who have a strong focus on providing clients with a high quality, personal service.

We have a busy personal law practice and require a paralegal to support a partner and solicitor who deal with personal law exclusively.  Our personal law department deals with a varied case load including will and power of attorney drafting, executry administration, power of attorney administration for elderly and vulnerable clients, estate and tax planning, cost of care advice, and trust drafting and administration.  The paralegal’s responsibility will be to support the solicitors in this department, in particular assisting with will and power of attorney drafting, and executry and power of attorney administration.

Gibson Kerr is a small legal practice based in Edinburgh with a good client base, specialising personal law, family law and property. The business is a three partner firm, with three other qualified solicitors and a trainee solicitor.   We operate from two offices in north central Edinburgh.

The position will involve a high degree of usage of case management software. Training will be provided, but in essence, all that is required is a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, email and familiarity with the Internet.

Job Description

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working as a personal law (private client) paralegal with knowledge and experience of the executry process and will drafting;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Knowledge of Sheriff Court Confirmation procedures;
  • Candidates who have a relevant paralegal qualification or are STEP qualified are of particular interest;
  • Pleasant and outgoing manner with the public, both on the phone and in face-to-face meetings;
  • Experience with audio typing would be beneficial;
  • Computer Literate – MS Word, Internet, Excel (basic), email;
  • Experience with a case management system (Instant Office or similar) would be beneficial;
  • Touch typing preferred.


  • To support legally qualified staff in the Personal Law Department.  To carry out personal law casework under supervision.                                                         
  • We are a small firm and every staff member must be willing to help with whatever needs to be done.   The successful candidate may, for example, be asked to assist with secretarial/administrative support during busy periods or for holiday cover.
  • To effectively use the case management system in production of legal documents and letters.
  • To help develop office administrative procedures to ensure smooth and reliable flow of work through office.
  • To become involved in business development, such as exhibiting at conferences and developing strategies to acquire more business.                                             

Supervisor: Lindsay Maclean, Head of the Personal Law Department

Promotion Prospects: To take on more responsibilities as the business expands.

Applicant Profile

  • Enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and staff of other firms.
  • Good team player.
  • Must show a willingness to learn new tasks and firm procedures and to contribute to the general running of a small office.
  • Must be prepared to take responsibility for the way their actions impact on the performance of the office as a whole.
  • Must be prepared to perform all aspects of the job, and particularly administrative duties, conscientiously. Must be able to handle a varied workload, prioritising tasks as appropriate.
  • Must be prepared to take the initiative where an opportunity arises in relation to getting new business and to go about their business in a confident manner.  
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