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Family Law Paralegal

  • Specialisation: N/A
  • Location: Wallsend Office

We are currently expanding our Family Team and are recruiting a Paralegal to work at our Wallsend office specialising in Public and Private Children Law.

Successful applicants will report to the Head of Department and will:

  • Assist the solicitors in the team by dealing/speaking with existing and new clients
  • Advise, assist and represent clients, maintaining an exceptionally high standard of client care at all times
  • Evaluate and assess information, evidence and legal issues
  • Provide support to solicitors in the team in running their caseload
  • Evaluate and assess information, evidence and legal issues
  • Balance the demands of clients/caseload and non-casework responsibilities, ensuring they meet deadlines set
  • Contribute to marketing and business development activities for the team and firm

They will be able to get involved in a variety of matters including:

  • Undertaking work in both public and private family law matters / non-molestation order matters
  • Drafting documents and court applications
  • Taking initial instructions and preparing statements
  • Reading and summarising documents e.g. medical notes, contact records, police disclosure
  • Assisting with preparation of the Court Bundle and other court documentation e.g. case summaries and chronology in order to ensure cases are fully prepared for hearing
  • Attending PLO meetings and other Social Services meetings / conferences with clients
  • Preparing briefs to Counsel and attending Counsel / client conferences
  • Hearing Counsel and taking detailed notes in Court Hearings

The following skills and experience are relevant:

  • Balancing the demands of clients/caseload and non-casework responsibilities, deadlines are met
  • Adhering to all file and case management policies and procedures / compliance
  • Accurately recording all time, chargeable and non-chargeable
  • Ensuring that the billing of files is carried out efficiently and at the earliest opportunity
  • Working as a team player with other fee earners and support staff
  • Maintaining knowledge and skills in relevant practice area keeping up to date with relevant legislation and case law
  • Ensuring continuing competence through identifying and addressing any learning needs
  • Participating in and engaging with supervision
  • Maintaining a good knowledge and understanding of IT systems

If you would like to apply, please download and complete the standard application form using the link below and send to kerry.kelso@hay-kilner.co.uk.