8th July 2019

We are currently recruiting a Paralegal for our Personal Injury/Actions against Public Authorities department.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to Rachel Floyd at applicants@benhoarebell.co.uk. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm Friday 2 August 2019.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Presently based at:                   Sunderland

Supervised by:                          A partner

Overview

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well established Legal Practice operating from 4 sites in Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Middlesbrough. The Practice has 13 Partners.

The Practice has a strong ethical base and seeks to offer a high quality service to people regardless of their financial resources. Overall much of the Firm’s work is conducted under Legal Aid funding but in Personal Injury most work is conducted under CFA agreements.

The department has an excellent reputation.

The department has strong links with the Clinical Negligence and Mental Health departments and the successful candidate may assist in one or more these areas of work.

Key Result 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. The post holder may under supervision have direct responsibility for a case load.

  • Work with other agencies

To liaise in the furtherance of the client’s case.

  • Court work, Case Conferences

To represent the Firm as directed by the relevant solicitor.

  •  Administrative

To undertake administrative tasks relating to the work with clients including billing and the processing of documents.

  • Site visits

To attend at site visits and prepare locus reports.

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.
  • Computer literate (essential). Experience with Microsoft and legal software (desirable). Ability to word process own documents (essential).
  • Ability to prioritise and to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Good interpersonal (including negotiation) skills
  • Ability to digest and analyse information

Qualifications

  • Evidence of good level of academic ability (Essential). This is likely to involve a 2:1 degree or above, and good “A” Level results but we place considerable importance on skills, abilities and personal qualities as noted in this specification.
  • Current full driving Licence. Access to a car (desirable).
  • LPC or BVC qualification.

Experience

  • Experience which indicates commercial awareness.
  • Experience of administrative work (desirable).
  • Proven commitment to working with people who are disadvantaged.
  • Experience of working with people from a range of backgrounds.

Personal

  • Resilience
  • Willingness to undertake or attempt the unfamiliar.