Graduate Paralegal - Regulatory

Reference Code:

WICCLK

Location:

Wigan

Main purpose of the job:

You will be working in a large and fast paced department serving a nationwide client base consisting of commercial clients and private individuals. You will be dealing with a range of regulatory cases across a wide spectrum of areas of regulatory law, including:

  • CQC and Ofsted;
  • Data protection;
  • Financial services;
  • Health & safety;
  • Licensing;
  • Professional discipline;
  • Road traffic; and
  • Transport

You will work under the supervision of solicitors and partners within the department to generate new clients and assist in the preparation of cases. Your role will be office based but will also involve attending outside meetings and appointments to include: accompanying clients to conferences with counsel; attending court and regulatory hearings to assist advocates; and attending to clients during prison visits.

Responsible to:

Department Manager

Main key result areas

  • Dealing with telephone, email and internet based enquiries from potential clients with the aim of converting to privately paid client status where appropriate;
  • Under the supervision of solicitors and partners you will be dealing with all aspects of cases following conversion stage up to conclusion, including:
    • Taking initial instructions either face to face at our offices or client premises or by telephone;
    • Taking and drafting client and witness statements;
    • Drafting written representations to regulatory bodies at various stages of proceedings or regulatory actions;
    • Communicating generally (both written and orally) with clients, regulators, courts professional tribunals, witnesses and experts when dealing with general case progression;
    • Advising clients regarding prospects of successfully challenging regulatory action;
    • Advising clients in relation to mitigation in preparation for court or regulatory hearing;
    • Liaising with and drafting instructions to experts;
    • Drafting detailed briefs to counsel ahead of conference with counsel or court and regulatory hearings;
    • Attending conferences with counsel, regulatory hearings and
    • Advising client of the outcome of any hearings or other decisions and providing advice regarding any options moving forward.
  • Working with solicitors and partners to continue to develop the regulatory practice by assisting with generating new and maintaining existing work streams;
  • Providing regular contributions to the firm's website and regularly writing blogs for publication; and
  • Carrying out general administrative duties as appropriate.

Additional benefits

  • Performance related reward scheme

Direct reports:

None

Person specification

Qualifications

 

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

Essential

Legal Practice Course or working towards

Desirable

Current clean full driving licence with access to a car

Desirable

Experience

 

Experience of working in or studying in the field of regulatory law

Desirable

Experience of working in a role that involved an element of sales

Desirable

Knowledge and skills

 

Ability to work as part of a team

Essential

Time management/organisational skills

Essential

Attention to detail

Essential

High standard of communication skills both written and oral including a professional telephone manner

Essential

Ability to demonstrate an interest in regulatory law

Essential

Knowledge of the importance of “selling the service” within a law firm setting

Essential

Knowledge of Stephensons Client Care Procedures

Desirable

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Ability to be flexible to suit the needs of the department

Essential

Confident personality

Essential

Robust character

Essential

Interest in working and developing within this area of law.

Essential

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