Immigration Paralegal

Job Description

Salary: TBC

The firm

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

With 69 partners and more than 360 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions, Employment, Immigration & Reward (EIR) and Creators, Makers & Innovators (CMI).

The department

The EIR Division is one of the leading employment law practices in the UK and consistently top ranked by independent legal directories, we have more recognised experts in employment than any other UK firm.  With over 100 lawyers, Lewis Silkin’s employment and immigration team offers an unrivalled service supporting clients, including many of the world’s leading businesses, on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally.

The work of the team as a whole is a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, for a wide range of clients.  The lawyers undertake a significant amount of business development including giving seminars and producing Lewis Silkin branded publications.  There is a significant international element to the Division’s work, largely on account of its membership of the Ius Laboris international alliance of employment lawyers.


Objective of role

The overall objective is to provide fee-earning support to the team, supporting associates and partners as requested on a day to day basis, with a view to ensuring that individual tasks are completed cost-effectively and at the appropriate level.

Key duties and responsibilities

Key elements of the role are:

  • Assisting with applications for the right to work in the UK under the Points Based System;

  • Drafting checklists, application forms and cover letters;

  • Checking that residence requirements are met to ensure compliance with immigration laws;

  • Liaising with the UK Border Agency by e-mail or telephone to clarify and verify their requirements;

  • Issuing COS for clients;

  • Attending meetings with clients regarding their applications;

  • Advising on and preparing UK visa applications for work and family reasons;

  • Booking appointments with the Home Office and making payments of immigration charges and fees.

Abilities and desired qualities:

  • Legal experience

  • Good eye for detail

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Ability to communicate at all levels

  • Strong practical and analytical skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Enthusiasm

  • Professional in conduct

  • Punctual at all times

  • Good team player

  • The ability to work overtime when required

Additional information

Candidate profile

We are looking for two enthusiastic and hardworking Paralegals to join our busy Immigration team.

Candidates will have excellent academics along with legal qualifications or previous legal experience.  Candidates will also have IT, numeracy, practical and analytical skills, a clear communication style (both spoken and written), and above all, must be a team player with a passion to work with a fast-paced professional and friendly team.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and enjoy working in an involved team environment.  They must be highly organised and have a flexible nature, and a co-operative and willing attitude. Prior experience and knowledge of immigration work would be advantageous but not essential as training will be provided.   

IT skills required:

  • Competency in MS Office suite and Teams.

Educational and professional qualifications required:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent. Law related degree would be advantageous.


At Lewis Silkin our ethos is simple. We strive to do the best for our clients, our people and the communities in which we operate. We recognise that an inclusive workplace allows for all kinds of ideas and thoughts, a variety of points of view that can trigger discussions or deliver innovative results, and a wide range of versatile skills and expertise. We are proud of the diversity within Lewis Silkin and of our culture that allows people to be themselves at work, ensuring we provide the best possible service to our clients. We are committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working patterns and office location.

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