Our client is seeking a Legal Assistant on an initial 3 month contract with the possibility of an extension.
36 Hours per week
Monday - Friday
To provide advice, to draft correspondence and documents and to undertake litigation if necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Be responsible for a caseload of routine legal work which may involve:
Drafting correspondence, documents, notices, orders, giving advice in writing
and on the telephone and in person
( Other Specific areas relating to the post)
Where relevant to the work area, attend court as an advocate or with Counsel in straightforward applications or similar.
Assist and support team members particularly the Principal Solicitor, Senior Solicitor and Assistant Solicitor
Attend to the post holder's own day to day administrative work and maintain appropriate electronic records.
Assist other team members with electronic filing as required.6.Prepare bundles for court hearings in accordance with Practice Directions issued from time to time
7.Take notes at hearings and conferences with Counsel
8.Participate fully in the Social Services Team and to assist and support the lawyers and any other member of the team as required
9.Attend to the post holders own day to day administrative work and maintain appropriate records
10.Keep up to date with new and proposed legislation, new cases, and other developments and to review and give basic advice as required
11.Keep the Senior Lawyer (or Principal Lawyer) informed of any important issues arising which may affect the satisfactory progress of the cases
12.Carry out duties with due regard to the Council's Customer Care, Equal Opportunities, Information Governance, Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Undertake any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of this post.
Skills and Experience:
level Law Degree or equivalent
At least 1 year experience of administrative work in an office environment dealing with correspondence, filing, preparing documents and using IT systems
Good presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally.
Ability to provide services in a manner which is consistent with the Council's equal opportunities policies.
Accurate data entry skills.
Good organisational skills.
Ability to prepare cases for hearings and to process a caseload of social services - child care -related work.
Ability to undertake routine litigation.
Ability to prepare cases for hearings.
Ability to undertake advocacy in routine cases.
Ability to analyse information, evaluate evidence, solve problems and present solutions at an appropriate level.
Ability to provide advice and present arguments in a confident, articulate and persuasive manner.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with clients.For this job role you will need the following: