Paralegal

Region:Lancaster

Department:Public Law

Working hours:Full Time Hours

Salary:Up to £16,000 Depending on Experience Hours

Closing date:18/12/2018

Role Purpose:

Simpson Millar is a leading Claimant law firm with offices throughout the country. Our public law department deals with a variety of areas, including education, health, social care and human rights. It is ranked in Chambers and Legal 500, and has a leading reputation in all of these niche areas. We are seeking a paralegal to work in our Lancaster office to work with our team of solicitors. We are looking for candidates with an enthusiastic personality and an excellent telephone manner. It is not expected that applicants will necessarily have knowledge of our areas of law as training will be given on joining.

Key Responsibilities:

To assist fee earners in the Public Law Department with their caseloads to include:-

  • Drafting letters, including pre-action correspondence and advice
  • Drafting Witness Statements
  • Preparing bundles
  • Attending Court
  • Legal research
  • Dealing with the LAA
  • Communicating with clients
  • New client enquiries
  • Maintain internal records in relation to calls and work undertaken
  • Prioritise & manage workload effectively
  • To manage calls and cases, research information and provide a comprehensive legal service
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of services & procedures
  • Billing

Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications

ESSENTIAL:

  • Excellent client care skills
  • Good team player who works well both independently and with colleagues to achieve results
  • Ability to deal with calls and casework effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to carry out legal research and to report findings clearly and concisely                
  • Ability to manage and prioritise work effectively
  • Ability to obtain relevant information from all callers and answer their queries directly or refer as appropriate
  • Ability to work with a case management system, databases and normal office IT systems.
  • A commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Ability to deal with calls effectively and efficiently
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Very well developed written skills
  • Ability to obtain relevant information from all callers and answer their queries directly or refer as appropriate.

DESIRABLE:

  • Successful completion of law degree/ PGDL
  • Successful completion of LPC/ BPTC
  • Experience of advising people
  • Experience of dealing with people
  • Experience of working within Legal Sector
  • Experience of working with the general public face to face
  • Ability to draft tribunal and court documents.
  • Very well developed written skills

PERSONALITY PROFILE:

  • An ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining a friendly and co-operative approach towards staff, and callers.
  • Good organisation and time management skills.
  • A person who enjoys multi-tasking.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Someone who is enthusiastic, positive with the will and desire to succeed
  • A person who is self motivated and works well either in a team or independently

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