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Paralegal

Full Time (35 hours per week)

Job title

Paralegal

Location

Bedford

Department

Regulatory and Professional Discipline

Reporting to

Head of Regulatory and Professional Discipline

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: Criminal Defence, Business Defence, Motoring and Road Transport, Family & Divorce, Child Care, Mediation, Court of Protection, Community Care, Education, Mental Health, Employment, Police Law, Professional Discipline and Immigration.

Responsibilities

In the role you will undertake a variety of duties, including:

  • Supporting fee earners dealing with clients, witnesses, prosecution, courts and third parties both face to face, on the telephone and in writing
  • Drafting/completing legal aid applications and monitoring progress
  • Taking instructions from clients and witnesses
  • Attending conferences with Counsel in Office/Chambers
  • File opening and on going file maintenance
  • Dealing with case documents electronically
  • Preparation of court bundles
  • Closing and archiving old case files
  • Drafting letters, preparation of file notes, telephones notes and other correspondence
  • Drafting court documents
  • Diary management to include arranging appointments, client meetings
  • Attending meetings with fee earners and taking notes
    Scanning post and other documents to case management system and filing
  • Collating enclosures for post
  • Liaising with the accounts team to process payments and assist with interim billing
  • Performing other office duties as required

Person Specification

We are looking for the following qualities in candidates:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including a polite telephone manner;
  • Police station accredited preferable but not essential;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Strong organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent typing skills;
  • Effective drafting and a high level of literacy;
  • Exceptional communicator, able to adapt their communication style to an appropriate audience.
  • An ability to work under pressure and to work to deadlines.
  • 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.

Related Experience

The ideal candidate will have some experience of the following:

  • Office administration within a legal environment
  • Legal research
  • Managing a busy workload
  • Previous experience of criminal or regulatory investigations
  • Use of case management software would be advantageous
  • Use of the Legal Aid Agency portal, CCMS is advantageous

We are looking for individuals who would fit into a go-ahead and positive environment. 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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