Family Paralegal

We are currently recruiting a Family Paralegal. Please see below a full job description and person specification.

How to Apply

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to Rachel Floyd at applicants@benhoarebell.co.uk or to 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JG.

The deadline for applying is 5.00pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019. Please note interviews will be held at our Byker office on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

The position will be based at one of our offices and is to start as soon as possible.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Presently based at: One of our offices

Supervised by: Partner

Overview

Ben Hoare Bell is a well established Practice operating from 4 sites in Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Middlesbrough. The Practice has 12 Partners.

The Practice has a strong ethical base and wishes to remain committed to operating within the publicly funded area of legal work, offering a high quality service to people regardless of means.

The Practice has grown considerably in recent years. The work in the Family department is often fast paced and can involve dealing with people in desperate circumstances and with disturbing life histories.

Although this post will be based at one office the post holder is expected to work from any office used by Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

Key Areas

  • Work with clients

To attend clients and witnesses; to take instructions from them;  to draft statements;  to advise on points of procedure and basic points of law and to take charge of files.

  • Work within the department

To manage a client’s file where appropriate and to seek advice and supervision in more complex matters.

  • Court work, Case Conferences

To represent the Client (to the limits of right of audience).

  • Administrative

To undertake administrative tasks relating to the work with clients.

  • Home visits

To attend clients at home subject to departmental policy.

This Job Description is not intended to be a complete and detailed statement of the responsibilities of the post.

The Post will be reviewed on an annual basis. The Post Holder will be invited to contribute to this review.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Skills

  • Good communication, written and oral.
  • Good advocacy and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills with a wide range of people.
  • Evidence of ability to handle a range of tasks and to prioritise.
  • Proven computer skills (essential), particular experience in use of Microsoft packages and the ability to be self-servicing for word processing.
  • Numerate.
  • Evidence of research skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member with different levels of staff.
  • Proven problem solving ability.

Qualifications

  •  LPC or ILEX
  •  Current full driving Licence (desirable)
  •  Good Academic Qualifications

Experience

  • Proven interest in social aspects of law and development of human rights law.
  • Experience of administrative work (desirable).
  • Experience of working with people from a range of backgrounds.
  • Experience which indicates commercial awareness.

Personal

  • Sympathy with ethical principles of Firm
  • Resilience
  • Tact
  • Enthusiasm

 

Costs Draftsperson

We are currently looking for an experienced Costs Draftsperson to join our team.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to applicants@benhoarebell.co.uk or 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ.

Job Description

Presently based at: One of our offices based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland or Gateshead

Supervised by: Adrian Dalton, Partner

Overview

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well-established Legal Practice operating from 4 sites in the North East. The Practice currently has approximately 75 members of staff including 8 Partners.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP has a strong ethical base and seeks to offer a high quality service to people regardless of their financial resources. The firm holds several Legal Aid contracts across all offices.

The firm consists of the following legal areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Police Misconduct and Claims against Authorities
  • Clinical and Dental Negligence
  • Mental Health and Court of Protection
  • Crime
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Powers of Attorney

Overall much of the Firm’s work is conducted under Legal Aid funding. Some departments offer CFA agreements. Private paying arrangements are also available.

Key Result Areas:

  1. To produce and submit bills of costs for court and Legal Aid Agency assessment and payment. This is to include Conditional Fee Agreements; General Party and Party; Civil Public Funding Certificates; Civil Legal Helps; Crime Legal Aid Investigations; Crime Legal Aid Proceedings; High Cost Case Plans for publicly funded and other work.
  2. To provide billing guidance and advice to departments and colleagues within the firm.
  3. To work with and supervise colleagues who are actively involved with the billing process.
  4. To be able to liaise with other agencies and organisations when necessary.
  5. To carry out when required administrative tasks including the processing of documents.
  6. To keep fully up to date with legislation and developments in the area of legal costs.

This job description is not intended to be a complete and detailed statement of the responsibilities of the Post.

The Post will be reviewed on an annual basis. The Post Holder will be invited to contribute to this review.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Skills

  1. Excellent communication both written and oral.
  2. Excellent numeracy skills.
  3. Computer literate. Experience with Microsoft Office and legal software. Ability to word process own documents.
  4. Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines.
  5. Ability to work as a member of a team.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  7. Excellent organisational skills.

Qualifications

  1. Qualified Costs Draftsperson.
  2. Member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) (desirable).
  3. Good academic grades.

Experience

  1. Experience of drafting legal bills (essential).
  2. Experience of Legal Aid billing (essential).
  3. Experience of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence billing (essential).
  4. Experience of working with people from a range of backgrounds.