Graduate Paralegal - Family

Reference Code:

MFAGPA

Location:

Manchester

Main purpose of the job:

To support and assist fee earners in carrying out duties and, where appropriate, to deal with clients and their affairs in a cost effective manner.

Responsible to:

Family department manager

Main key result areas

  • Attending and advising clients where appropriate.
  • Assisting fee earners in the department in effective case management, including (but not exclusively) drafting pleadings, statements, instructions to counsel, letters of instruction, court applications and accompanying documents and correspondence; preparing bundles; undertaking legal help assessments; preparing funding documents and bills; progressing to-do/diary lists and requesting and filing relevant documents.
  • Responding to post, telephone enquiries and queries from clients, social workers, other professionalsexperts, other solicitors and colleagues, where appropriate.
  • Arranging and attending conferences with counsel; undertaking advocacy and attendance at hearings where appropriate; attending advocates meetings, case conferences and PLO meetings, where appropriate.
  • Control and management of work in progress ensuring that it is recorded and converted into paid profit costs under supervision and direction.
  •  Effective management of own time ensuring that non chargeable and chargeable hours targets are met under supervision and guidance.
  • Carrying out administrative duties as appropriate.
  • Compliance with client care and complaints procedures in order to minimise the risk of negligence and comply with law society rules.
  • To act in accordance with the firm’s equality and diversity policy

Direct reports:

None

Person specification

Qualifications

 

Law degree (ideally 2.1 or above) or relevant work experience

Essential

Legal Practice Course

Desirable

Driving licence

Desirable

Experience

 

Experience of working in family law

Desirable

Experience of using case management systems

Desirable

Knowledge and skills

 

Good standard of computer literacy

Essential

Research skills

Essential

Ability to demonstrate a genuine interest in family work

Essential

Very strong organisation and time management skills

Essential

Excellent communication skills both face to face and over the telephone

Essential

Solicitors Accounts Rules

Desirable

Stephensons Clients Complaints Rules and Client Care Procedures

Desirable

Knowledge of family work

Desirable

Knowledge of up to date legislation

Desirable

Knowledge of case management systems

Desirable

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Discretion and ability to work in a confidential environment

Essential

Pleasant, approachable, patient, polite

Essential

Ability to work amidst frequent interruptions

Essential

Adaptability and flexibility generally and in terms of hours

Essential

Stamina, energy and resilience

Essential

Commercial awareness

Essential

Please do not send enquiries to the department manager of the specific team.