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Paralegal

Full time (35 hours)

Job title

Paralegal (Court of Protection)

Location

London

Department

Court of Protection

Reporting to

Co Head of Court of Protection

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

  • Drafting letters, preparation of file notes, telephones notes and other correspondence;
  • Liaising with a variety of professionals including courts, local authorities, police forces, healthcare providers, expert witnesses, financial institutions, care providers and other third parties by phone, email and letter;
  • Drafting applications to the Legal Aid Agency and monitoring progress;
  • Drafting court documents;
  • Diary management to include arranging client meetings and making enquiries as to available counsel, experts and other parties;
  • Attending meetings with fee earners and taking notes;
  • Attending court with counsel and taking notes;
  • Reviewing disclosure;
  • Opening new case files and maintaining files up to date;
  • Scanning post and other documents to case management system and filing;
  • Preparing bundles;
  • Collating enclosures for post;
  • Liaising with the accounts team to process payments and assist with interim billing;
  • Closing and archiving completed files;
  • 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 Court of Protection or litigation team;
  • Court of Protection Health & Welfare background advantageous
  • 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;

What we can offer you

In return we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who would fit into a go-ahead and positive environment. We offer a friendly and positive culture based on team work with no micro- managing. As a firm we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. This means that all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Your new career. Starts here.

If you meet the required skills and experience and would like to apply for the role, please email your cover letter and CV using the submission form. 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.

Applications without both documents will not be considered.

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