Court Of Protection Paralegal

Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
27 Jan 2021
Closes
24 Feb 2021
Job Title
Paralegal
PQE Level
2-4, NQ
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Role: Court of Protection Paralegal - (Central London)

Leading law firm looking to recruit dedicated Paralegal for highly sought permanent positon. Training contracts available for those with relevant experience.

Salary: Competitive. Accountability within a remote working culture is the norm within this business.

Gemini Recruitment are currently partnering with a large and established law firm. Our client serves corporate entities and private individuals in over 25 practice areas from offices throughout London and across England and Wales.  Our client’s accomplishments are acknowledged and recommended in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, as a top tier firm.

Our client holds the Investors in People Gold Accreditation Quality Standard Mark and is LEXCEL, Cyber Essentials Plus and ISO 27001-2013 accredited and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 

Court of Protection Department Background: 

The Court of Protection adjudicates or resolves disputes that concern adults who lack mental capacity to make decisions. Disputes typically include whether the person has the capacity to make decisions and what is in that person’s best interests.

Our client’s Court of Protection department has been recognised by The Legal 500 for their dedication to achieving the best possible results for their clients and for putting a “tremendous amount of work” into their cases.   The team is multidisciplinary team regularly collaborating with the company’s experts in mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence, family, childcare and public law.

Our client is dedicated to its clients, supporting family members and advocates and are regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases relating to the wellbeing of an individual who lacks capacity, including health and welfare, medical treatment, financial issues and mental capacity.

The Role

  • Report directly to Department Director
  • Professional pro-active approach, strong client care skills and a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of clients’ needs
  • Assisting with Court of Protection matters including personal injury trusts; statutory wills and gift applications; deputyship applications; on-going deputyship administration; health and social care judicial review and ancillary applications such as trustee orders
  • Attending clients, taking instructions and preparing cases
  • Dealing with correspondence
  • Maintaining accurate time costing procedures
  • Implementing any recommendations made by your supervisor following monthly file reviews ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
  • Ensuring compliance with file management.
  • You will have a professional pro-active approach, strong client care skills and be interested in Business Development and Marketing to supplement the substantial work volumes brought in by the company

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate passion and experience in a broad range of publically funded Court of Protection
  • A strong academic background with a Law degree
  • Legal experience as a Court of Protection Paralegal/Advisor
  • Clear understanding and application of Court of Protection
  • Business acumen and the ability to market the Company
  • Excellent communications skills to work effectively with all types of people
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills and ability to use own initiative but know when to seek guidance
  • Committed  team player,  self -motivated and professional 
  • Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills

Candidates with 12 months previous experience and who have completed the LPC will be considered for a Training Contract, subject to business needs.

Key Skills Required

  • Must have a clean, valid Practicing Certificate at the time of applying
  • Committed  team player and adapt well to new challenges
  • Previous proven supervisory experience and working to key performance indicators
  • Professional with a pro-active approach; excellent client care skills and ability to deal with vulnerable client matters in a sensitive manner and resolve complicated practicalities
  • Excellent networking and communication skills with the ability to successfully market the Company and generate new business
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to use own initiative and sound judgment
  • Working knowledge of Court of Protection work
  • Have extensive experience in dealing with Court of Protection related work
  • Experience in own advocacy is an advantage
  • Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other duties as reasonably required.

Rewards  

  • 20 days annual leave
  • Additional Birthday leave
  • Additional holiday accrual*
  • Up to 4 days paid sick leave*
  • Practicing Certificate renewed annually
  • The Law Society Panel Membership and Accreditation/re Accreditation/ Reaccreditation fee paid for*
  • The Law Society registration fee for Panel membership paid for*
  • Panel courses mandatory for the Law Society Accreditation paid for*
  • Access to vast range of training webinars / E-Library
  • Automatic enrolment onto the Company’s pension scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Eye test vouchers
  • DBS Check costs paid for
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Supportive team environment.
  • Part time working
  • Flexible working arrangements/ considered
  • Support for appropriate legal awards/recognition

 *terms and conditions apply

On offer is an attractive salary package, a supportive team environment and real prospects for promotion. The Company will consider applicants wishing to work part time, full time or with flexible working hours. The Company will allow working from home.

The company is committed to Equal Opportunities and embraces diversity and inclusivity of its staff and strives to ensure that their workforce reflects the diversity of the communities they serve.

About Gemini Recruitment and Equal Opportunities:

Gemini Recruitment is a leading recruitment agency specialising in legal recruitment. We provide a highly focused service specialising in placements for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals and Legal Support Staff. We have intimate knowledge of specific opportunities in the legal market across the UK.

Our primary aim is to deliver a quality bespoke service to our clients. We are currently handling the careers of a number of experienced legal professionals ranging from legal support staff to Solicitors. Our clients are based across the country and have vacancies covering numerous areas of law. If you are looking for your first job or want to move up the career ladder, we can help.

The recruitment process will fully comply with GDPR and other applicable laws.   Background checks including CRB / DBS checks will establish your eligibility to work in the UK and suitability to the role.

If you are keen to begin your career with a firm that’s committed to training a new generation of Solicitors, apply now for one of our agents to contact you.

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