Company: Wood
Skills: Legal
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Overview / Responsibilities

The Legal team is responsible for all legal, corporate governance and regulatory matters affecting John Wood Group PLC and its subsidiary and joint venture companies globally. Wood's Legal Entity Rationalisation (LER) team need dedicated legal support to assist in the closure and reorganisation of legal entities. We are seeking a highly motivated and organised paralegal to join our legal team to support the LER activities internationally. The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail, excellent organisation skills, and a passion for the delivery of high-quality legal services. The paralegal will play a key role in all LER activities requiring legal support. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to further their career in the legal field and gain hands-on experience in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Key responsibilities
  • Appoint, engage and manage external legal counsel and other third-party suppliers in accordance with Wood's policies and procedures, to include conducting diligence, agreeing scopes of work, reviewing terms of engagement, negotiating budgets and seeking approval of budgets.
  • Complete due diligence checklists as part of due diligence process and address any legal issues identified.
  • Undertake research, provide guidance/advice, and coordinate input from external counsel to identify the steps, legal transactions and legal documentation required to support the closure and reorganisation of legal entities across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Prepare initial drafts of all legal documentation and review legal documents prepared by external legal counsel to support the LER process, including but not limited to board and shareholder resolutions, powers of attorney, assignments, and novation agreements.
  • Circulate and coordinate execution of LER legal documents and organise for the same to be notarised, legalised and apostilled (where applicable).
  • Undertake all necessary filings at Companies House.
  • Update Wood's entity management system as appropriate to ensure the timely and accurate recording of information on group entities
  • Draft and issue powers of attorney and obtain approvals for same. Liaise and work closely with Commercial, Tax, Finance, People & Organisation, Ethics & Compliance and Supply Chain as required to progress entity closures.


Skills / Qualifications

Consistently models and leads on Wood's values, working with integrity, respecting and valuing others and our communities; consistently delivers to stakeholders; and pushes the boundaries to create smarter, more sustainable solutions

  • Legal, Legal Executive or Paralegal qualification necessary

Job specific experience:
  • Experience working in either a professional services firm or in-house legal team
  • Experience working within different international legal jurisdictions highly desirable
  • Experience of corporate law, corporate restructuring, corporate administration and company secretarial work highly desirable
  • Familiarisation with Companies House processes and procedures highly desirable.
  • Experience of instructing legal counsel desirable
  • Microsoft office, excel and PowerPoint proficient

Knowledge of:
  • Demonstrated a commitment to continuous learning and development

Experience of:
  • Legal analysis and problem solving

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people. At Wood our common purpose is to ‘unlock solutions to the world’s most critical challenges.’ Through the delivery of our Consulting, Project and Operations solutions across energy and the built environment we deliver exceptional returns for our clients, our people, our investors and the communities where we live and work. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.