Court of Protection Law Paralegal (Health & Welfare)

Simpson Millar

Manchester

Advertised Salary: £22,000

Ref#: 139016

Date published: 5-Jan-2022

Simpson Millar is a leading 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 support lawyers in our Manchester office. Whilst we are currently working remotely, there will ultimately at times require a presence in the Old Trafford office. 

We are looking for a candidate with an enthusiastic personality and an excellent telephone manner. It is not expected that applicants will necessarily have knowledge of the work of the Court of Protection, but prior knowledge is desirable.

Working for us will offer you the chance to work in a welcoming friendly environment with a fun, vibrant atmosphere, with teams of people who enjoy working together to make a difference. 

Key Responsibilities: To assist fee earners, predominantly in the London Court of Protection team with their caseloads to include:-

  • Drafting letters, including advice
  • Drafting Witness Statements
  • Preparing court bundles
  • Attending Court
  • Legal research
  • Dealing with the Legal Aid Agency
  • Communicating with clients, including those who are vulnerable
  • 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:

  • Experience in a legal environment 
  • Excellent client care skills
  • Good team player who works well both independently and with colleagues to achieve result
  • Ability to deal with calls and casework effectively and efficiently
  • The ability to deal with individuals from all walks of life
  • 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.
  • Good personal organisation and ability to adhere to strict time limits
  • A commitment to equal opportunities
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Very well developed written skills

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 dealing with the Legal Aid Agency and CCMS
  • Experience of working in the Court of Protection
  • Experience of working with the general public face to face
  • Ability to draft 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 is key. The work can often be of an urgent nature, for example when dealing with cases concerning serious medical treatment.
  • 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
  • Someone who is keen to learn new things.


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