Main purpose of the job:
To support and assist fee earners in casework of a public law / human rights and/or actions against the police and/or community care / court of protection nature.
This is a role in the public law team dealing with disclosure and barring service disputes and appeals, education law, inquests, judicial review and other human rights/public law issues.
Department Manager/Fee Earner
Main key result areas
Attending and advising clients, preparation of representations and written assessments of case under supervision.
Assisting fee earners in progressing cases and effective case management, including (but not exclusively) preparing instructions to counsel, arranging and attending conferences, research, responding to post, telephone enquiries and queries from clients, other professionals/experts, colleagues and Legal Aid Agency in order to progress cases effectively and efficiently.
Preparation of Legal Aid Applications on CCMS, collation of merits and means evidence, liaison with clients to complete applications.
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 non/chargeable and chargeable hours targets are met under supervision and guidance.
Compliance with client care and complaints procedures in order to minimise the risk of negligence and comply with Law Society rules.
Carry out administrative duties as appropriate.
Completion of delegated tasks within given timescale
Authorised to undertake such work which may be specified against his or her name
Law degree or relevant work experience
Five GCSE’s including english and maths at C and above
Legal practice course
Experience of work in a solicitors office
Previous experience in a solicitors office within a public law department if no law degree
Experience of case work involving this worktype
Knowledge and skills
Good standard of computer literacy
Organisation and time management skills
Excellent communication skills both face to face and over the telephone
Relevant up to date legislatory knowledge
Ability to work as part of a team
Adaptability and flexibility
Stephensons clients complaints rules and client care procedures
Solicitors accounts rules
Personality / Other Qualities
Ability to work amidst frequent interruptions
Discretion and ability to work in a confidential work environment under pressure
Working under time orientated pressure
Ability to analyse issues and identify key points; providing a detailed case action plan and reporting back to team manager / fee earner as appropriate
Approachable, patient and polite
Please do not send enquiries to the department manager of the specific team.