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Care Paralegal

Full time (35 hours)

Job title

Paralegal (Care)

Location

Leicester

Department

Child Care

Reporting to

Co Head of Care

Cartwright King is a successful national law firm with offices across the country. We are a people focused business where our staff and clients come first. We pride ourselves on being a progressive, forwarding thinking employer offering the flexibility and opportunity to progress your career.

We provide high quality legal advice and services in a number of private and legally aided disciplines including: Family & Divorce, Child Care, Mediation, Court of Protection, Community Care, Education, Mental Health, Employment, Police Law, Professional Discipline and Immigration, Criminal Defence, Business Defence, Motoring and Road Transport.

This role would suit a law graduate that is looking to gain work experience that will allow them to develop with the opportunity to progress.

Responsibilities

  • Direct assistance with Care clients: Client contact point for new cases/allocation and when team in court
  • Office contact for all phone and drop in enquiries
  • Team Diary management, including setting up client appointments
  • Support to team with client contacts, instructions, follow up
  • Attend meetings with clients (Legal Help) – Supported and supervised
  • Administrative support to team:
    Case management – File set up, full conflict checks, liaison with counsel and experts, getting costs quotes/time frames, arrange claiming and paying disbursements, on split fee experts.
    Completing outline C2 applications to court on all issues for fee earner and serving , requisitioning cheques and paying court fees
  • Setting up, monitoring, claiming and paying DNA and drug and alcohol testing
  • Bundle preparation: assisting Solicitors with trial preparation .
  • Closing files
  • Administrator for LAA online service – point of contact for all LA / FE queries
  • Completing all LAA applications, extensions of scope and limits, prior authority and billing as above for checking by fee earner
  • Drafting letters, preparation of file notes, telephones notes and other correspondence;
  • Drafting court documents;
  • Attending meetings with fee earners and taking notes;
  • Attending court with counsel and taking notes;
  • Performing other office duties as required

Role Specifics

Skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including a polite telephone manner
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Strong organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent typing skills;
  • Good letter writing skills and a high level of literacy;
  • IT skills;
  • An ability to work under pressure and to work to deadlines.

Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of office equipment;
  • Proficiency in MS office (Excel, Word, Outlook in particular);
  • A keen interest in this area of law and a commitment to the highest level of client care and service.

Experience

  • Office administration within a legal environment ideally within a Care /Family team;
  • Legal research;
  • Managing a busy workload;
  • Previous paralegal experience an advantage;
  • Use of case management software would be advantageous;
  • Use of the Legal Aid Agency portal, CCMS is desirable;

Your new career. Starts here.

Please include in your cover letter why you feel you are a suitable candidate for the role, as well as your salary expectations and notice period.

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