Paralegal

We are looking for a Paralegal in our Public Law department to provide casework and administrative support in our Bristol office 2 days a week to begin with.

The role will involve assisting one partner who specialises in immigration-related public law and private law challenges. The partner’s current caseload is made up of Windrush-migrant judicial review and compensation claims, EU and non-EU false imprisonment claims arising from immigration detention and urgent removal challenges.

We really value the positive impact paralegals to our firm with their diversity of experiences and enthusiasm for the work that we do. We are committed to training legal aid lawyers of the future and aim to offer first class training, supervision and support.

Starting salary band will be £20,700 – £21,600 pro-rata dependent on experience.

Person specifications

Essential:

  • Experience in general immigration, asylum and EU-migration law.
  • Experience in judicial review claims.
  • Experience in using Legal Aid’s CCMS online system.
  • Excellent intellectual abilities and a law degree or equivalent legal experience or qualification including experience as an IAAS Level 1 or 2 accredited caseworker.
  • A demonstrable commitment to social justice and the ability to work sympathetically and effectively with a wide variety of clients, including young people and people with mental health needs.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to manage time efficiently and to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines.
  • An interest in & enthusiasm for public interest law.
  • Ability to type, computer literacy and a willingness to use and to develop skills in the use of information technology.
  • Ability to conduct legal research, analyse evidence and explain it clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to use initiative at work, input ideas and help develop the firm.
  • Ability to draft documents and letters in plain English.
  • Experience of working in a solicitor’s office or equivalent legal/advice work environment.
  • Ability to get on with people and be polite under pressure and to work co-operatively as part of a team.
  • Sufficient numeracy to complete public funding and costing forms.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of nationality law.
  • Experience of private law damages claims in particular false imprisonment and discrimination cases.
  • Knowledge and application of the Civil Procedure Rules.
  • Experience of drafting cost budgets for county court private law claims.
  • Commitment and knowledge of international human rights law and policy issues.
  • A proven ability to build good working relationships for example with referral agencies, experts, interpreters, and opponents.
  • Completion of LPC and/or demonstrable commitment to training as a solicitor.
  • Experience of working with migrants and/or people with mental health needs.
  • Some knowledge of Home Office systems in relation to welfare provision.
  • Experience of using social media or press work.

How to apply 

Please see the job description and complete all parts of the application form and return to us by

Email: recruitment@dpglaw.co.uk

or

Post: Deighton Pierce Glynn, Att. Joel Nicholls, 8 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ

Please quote the job reference 2019/04BRPL in the subject line of your email.

Closing Date: 8 a.m. on Monday 1 July 2019

Applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Suitable candidates will be interviewed during the week commencing 8 July 2019.

Note: Due to the anticipated high level of interest, we regret that we are only able to write to candidates who are short-listed for interview.

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Deighton Pierce Glynn is a respected firm of solicitors specialising in a number of niche areas of civil litigation in which it has a significant national and international profile.

Whoever our clients are and whatever has happened to them we pride ourselves in being able to make the best use of the law for their benefit. We give practical advice about options, help our clients work out their goals and do what can be done to achieve them. Taking a legal case can be a daunting prospect – we try to make sure our clients feel well supported.

We are committed to our staff, who include some of the best people around, and we think it’s important to provide a good working environment, ensuring they have the support and resources they need to excel and promoting a friendly and collaborative working environment.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity. We think that by doing this, we can provide the best possible service to our clients. We positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.