Paralegal- Serious Personal Injury

Region:Manchester

Department:Personal Injury

Working hours:37.5 Hours

Salary:Up to £17,000 Depending on experience Hours

Closing date:30/01/2019

Role Purpose

This is a paralegal support role to assist a team of solicitors with Multi Track cases in the Serious Injury  department

Key Responsibilities: Assisting the Serious Injury Team to provide paralegal assistance with their case-load.  The cases involve clients with disabling and life changing catastrophic injuries including brain injuries and amputations and fatalities. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Drafting Letters of Claim in Employer’s Liability, Public Liability, Occupier’s Liability and RTA case types
  • Drafting Claim Form, Particulars of Claim and Schedules of Loss
  • Drafting Schedule of Loss
  • To ensure the telephone is answered and callers responded to appropriately, dealing with queries, taking messages and communicating the messages efficiently to the fee earner, maintaining confidentiality at all times.
  • To manage the upkeep and organisation of physical files
  • To undertake filing and photocopying to a high standard (inclusive of Trial Bundles)
  • To take and draft witness statements
  • To help prepare instructions to Counsel
  •  Preparation of  Trial bundles
  • Review expert reports and draft update letters to the clients where appropriate
  • To make appointments and arrange meetings as appropriate;
  • To undertake a range of legal tasks as directed and under close supervision.
  • Assist with enquiries from prospective new clients;
  • Correspond with clients and other parties
  • Assist other members of the team as required, including attending on clients and witnesses, undertaking legal research
  • Compliance with the firms Money Laundering Procedures
  • Assisting with supervised casework as and when requested.
  • Compliance within SRA and other regulatory frameworks  including but not limited to Money Laundering Procedures and the Data Protection Act
  • To work with a case management system, databases and normal office IT systems

Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications

Person Specification:

The successful candidate will have:-

Essential:

  • Law Degree, ILEX or equivalent OR LPC
  • Excellent IT Skills with the ability to work with a Case Management System, databases and normal office IP systems.
  • Experience of working with the general public and a friendly, sensitive and cooperative approach to clients.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of procedures and protocol.
  • Good practical skills, including proven negotiation skills.
  • Good personal organisation and ability to adhere to strict time limits.
  • Strong interpersonal skills - and ability to handle queries from clients and relatives of deceased victims of fatalities who will be in a distressed state
  • The ability to deal with individuals from all walks of life.
  • The ability to prioritise work when necessary.
  • The ability to provide the highest standards of client care.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.

Desirable:-

Experience of managing/assisting with a caseload with Personal injury


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