Flexible Paralegal Work

Legal support since 2010

Paralegal Jobs that support your career

At Obelisk Support, we connect talented paralegals with legal projects, helping our clients to deliver great results.  Whether you are starting your career in law or are already an experienced paralegal, we help you build your legal career, get exposure to a variety of projects, work on high-quality assignments and hone your skillset.

Our clients typically engage our skilled paralegals to help with tasks such as reviewing, amending, and drafting documents, regulatory investigations; compliance projects; legal research and triaging legal workflow.

Our matching platform connects you with dynamic legal teams, both in-house at large global corporations, growing businesses, and in private practice.

 

With our commitment to flexible working, you can set your availability and let us know how you prefer to work – ad hoc, part-time, remotely, or full-time for set period.

Plus, with the launch of the SQE (Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam) pathway to becoming a solicitor, and the increase interest from legal teams in supporting new entrants to the profession, we offer our freelance paralegals a choice of routes to qualifying as a lawyer.

From support preparing your tailored QWE (qualified work experience) journal to building a mentoring relationship with one of our more experienced consultants.

Why Obelisk?

We match you to dynamic teams in leading organisations and large law firms.

We provide professional development and career advice, helping you pursue your professional goals.

We offer outstanding access to interesting projects that make the most of your skills and experience.

We pioneer new ways of working to help our paralegals succeed – including QWE support

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How it works. As simple as 1,2,3

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Apply

We want to get to know you; tell us what you’re looking for.

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Onboard

After we do our checks, get to know how we work.

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Match

We identify the right opportunities for your skillset.

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Work

We handle the admin so you can focus on the work.

Case study: CDC Group

CDC Group, now British International Investment, invests up to £2 billion every year in green infrastructure, technology and other sectors. The organisation has been growing rapidly – and so has its workload. Obelisk helped to build a flexible, mixed-ability team that could support the expanding legal team in periods of high demand and allow them to focus on the organisation’s core role of investment support.

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We do things differently

Championing making legal work more inclusive since 2010

Choose how you wish to work

A fixed-team placement

From weeks to months, be an extra team member

Ad hoc project support

Work when you’re needed on one or more projects

Be part of a pool

Be part of a virtual team providing regular or ad hoc support

What our paralegals say

“My experience with Obelisk has been great.

I’m fortunate to be placed on an assignment in an organisation that I enjoy with great exposure to a variety of work that is providing me with relevant skills needed to help me progress in my legal career.”

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Luscinia: Senior Commercial Lawyer

Luscinia is an experienced, senior commercial lawyer having held several General Counsel and Legal Director roles in leading organisations across the catering and hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors.

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Alec: Senior Lawyer

Alec is a senior lawyer whose experience includes corporate and commercial, finance and regulatory law, with industry specialisms in aviation and emerging markets.

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Anna: Corporate Solicitor

Anna is a solicitor with experience in private practice and in-house roles dealing with corporate and commercial matters, more recently for large telecom companies. Can you describe your experience of working through Obelisk? I have worked on various assignments...
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Anne: Multilingual, NY Qualified, International Finance Lawyer

Anne is a multi-lingual, New York qualified, senior international finance lawyer with more than 15 years of experience earned at leading law firms and institutions in New York, London and Moscow.

Flexible Paralegal Work FAQs

What is a paralegal?

A paralegal, also known as a legal assistant, is a professional who works in the legal field and provides support to lawyers and law firms. Paralegals are trained to assist with various legal tasks under the supervision of an attorney. While paralegals play a vital role in legal support, they are not authorized to practice law, provide legal advice, or represent clients independently.

How and when do I get paid as a freelance paralegal?

When you’re assigned to a project, we set up your contract and you start work. You then fill in a timesheet so you can get paid.

How do you match paralegals to clients?

Our platform connects you with work that corresponds to your professional profile and our one-on-one support helps you develop further in areas of work that interest you.

What paralegal jobs London do you have on your books?

We offer outstanding access to interesting projects with dynamic legal teams, both in-house at large global corporations and growing businesses, and in private practice with large City firms. Our clients typically engage our paralegals to help with: reviewing, amending and drafting documents and contracts; regulatory investigation; compliance tasks; legal research and triaging legal workflow to name a few examples.

Do I get ongoing training as a paralegal?

We provide all our paralegals with professional development and career advice, helping you build your legal career.

Do I need to have completed my LPC/SQE?

The minimum requirements to be considered for a paralegal position is to be in your 3rd year of undergraduate law degree on the PgDL (for those who with non-law degree). Previous paralegal experience can be an advantage but often at this level of experience we are looking for a can-do attitude, curiosity and a desire to learn.

Will becoming a legal consultant help me in my training contract applications and applying for other paralegal roles?

Good quality experience can help you can a training contract as it would give you more things to think about in interviews to secure a role. Some of our paralegals secured training contracts in the organisations they were placed in by Obelisk Support and, when this happens, we are extremely proud.

Do you offer the SQE (Solicitor's Qualifying Exam) pathway for paralegals?

Yes - we offer our freelance paralegals a choice of routes to qualifying as a lawyer. The SQE (Solicitor's Qualifying Exam) is a good pathway to becoming a solicitor, and the increase interest from legal teams in supporting new entrants to the profession.

Do you pay the living wage?

Yes. All of our lawyers and paralegals earn more than the National Living Wage, the Real Living Wage and the London Living Wage.

What is Obelisk Support looking for when applying as a freelance paralegal?

Whether you are wanting to work as a paralegal, are an experienced paralegal or you are an aspiring solicitor wanting to gain experience as a paralegal while seeking a training contract, we would love to hear from you. Ideally you will have a degree in Law or a related subject and at least six months of relevant work experience as a paralegal, in a commercial environment or from working on legal projects. Most importantly, you’ll have a “can-do” attitude, strong general IT skills (familiar with spreadsheets, preparing documents, scheduling meetings) and a high level of attention to detail.

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