Graduate Paralegal - Discrimination & Employment

Reference code: LSEGCK

Location: Leigh

Main purpose of the job: To take and deal with initial enquiries regarding discrimination matters, support and assist fee earners in the progression of the resulting case files and (where appropriate) deal with clients and their affairs in a cost effective manner. 

Responsible to: Department Manager

 
Main key result areas:
  • Attending and advising clients predominately with discrimination issues and wider employment matters (where appropriate).
  • Take and process new instructions.
  • Assessing the merits of potential discrimination claims and advising clients of the same.
  • Drafting advice documents.
  • Dealing with Legal Help enquiries.
  • Dealing with both Employment Tribunal and Civil discrimination matters and procedures.
  • Provides guidance, support and training to other staff as required.
  • Assisting fee earners in the department in effective case management, including (but not exclusively) drafting pleadings, preparing instructions to counsel, arranging and attending conferences, letters of claim, statements, protocol steps, advocacy and attendance at Hearings, preparation of funding documents, requesting and returning relevant documents.
  • 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 minimize the risk of negligence and comply with Law Society rules.
 

Person specification

Qualifications 

Law Degree 2:1 or relevant work experience

Essential

Driving Licence

Desirable

Legal Practice course

Desirable
Experience

 

Experience of working in or studying the field of Discrimination, Employment and/or civil litigation generally

Desirable

Knowledge and skills 

Ability to work as part of a team

Essential

Time management/organisational skills 

Essential

Research 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 Discrimination and Employment law

Essential

Knowledge of Stephensons Client Care Procedures

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

Essential

Ability to work as part of a team

Essential

Shows an interest in the legal profession and in developing their career within a law firm

Essential

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