Graduate Paralegal - Civil liberties and public law

Reference Code:

WPRGPA

Location:

Wigan

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.

Primary role:

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.

Responsible to:

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

Direct reports:

None

Person specification

Qualifications

 

Law degree or relevant work experience

Essential

A levels

Essential

Five GCSE’s including english and maths at C and above

Essential

Legal practice course

Desirable

Experience

 

Experience of work in a solicitors office

Essential

Previous experience in a solicitors office within a public law department if no law degree

Essential

Experience of case work involving this worktype

Desirable

Knowledge and skills

 

Good standard of computer literacy

Essential

Research skills

Essential

Organisation and time management skills

Essential

Excellent communication skills both face to face and over the telephone

Essential

Relevant up to date legislatory knowledge

Essential

Ability to work as part of a team

Essential

Adaptability and flexibility

Essential

Stephensons clients complaints rules and client care procedures

Desirable

Solicitors accounts rules

Desirable

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Ability to work amidst frequent interruptions

Essential

Discretion and ability to work in a confidential work environment under pressure

Essential

Team working

Essential

Working under time orientated pressure

Essential

Ability to analyse issues and identify key points; providing a detailed case action plan and reporting back to team manager / fee earner as appropriate

Essential

Approachable, patient and polite

Essential

Car driver

Essential

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