Matthew Gold are seeking 2 enthusiastic Trainee Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executives to join the firm. Training positions are available at our North London office based in Finchley.
The firm is a specialist civil liberties firm and applicants will work across our Claims against Public Authorities and Public Law and Community care teams. We are a friendly and dynamic team with work that is often unusual and requires a lot of lateral thinking across a number of disciplines. The firm is a recommended Legal 500 firm undertaking a broad range of private and public law litigation.
Our Civil Claims team act for Claimants in a range of inquest and private law claims against public authorities. We specialise particularly in actions against the police for abuse of power and misconduct, with most of our cases raising human rights arguments.
The public law and community care team act in a broad range of judicial review challenges against public bodies. We have a particular focus on migrant rights and police law.
As afirm we remain committed to continuing to undertake publicly funded work and acting for marginalised individuals and groups. The majority of our cases are funded by legal aid.
Our Trainees will undertake seats within our Civil Claim teams and Public law teams We offer excellent training with trainees having alot responsibility and client contact.
The work is varied and will involve undertaking a range of activity including legal research, assisting with case preparation, completing legal aid funding applications, attendance in client meetings, conferences and at Court, taking witness evidence, drafting instructions and correspondence to clients, court and defendants and billing assistance. It will also include administrative work such as document and file management.
The main purpose of the role is a two-year training programme, to assist fee-earners with their caseloads and gain experience/skills necessary to qualify as a Solicitor and continue a career in Law. The aim during the 2 years is to provide a high-quality legal service to all our clients under supervision.
Key tasks (not an exhaustive list):
- Be involved in the conduct of cases:- with supervision and assistance from a solicitor to; conduct interview with clients, assess legal problems, advise clients on costs, conduct legal research, devise outline strategy for case, obtain information from relevant experts, assess strengths and weaknesses of other side’s case, , issue proceedings, attend court with counsel and take notes, make applications to registrars, district judges and masters and maintain confidentiality
- Administration:- maintain files, deal with billing, paying costs and closing files, following administrative systems and procedures
- Development:- participate in team meetings, attend internal courses, keep up to date with law and practice
- Personal skills:- expected to provide an efficient, professional and friendly service to clients and colleagues
- Interpersonal skills:- expected to communicate clearly and appropriately, both orally and verbally with other parties, whilst maintaining and developing excellent working relationships. You will need to develop negotiation skills with clients and other professionals to secure desired objective(s)
- Academic skills:- have a good academic record having preferably obtained a 2:1 degree or higher at University and to have passed all the necessary law exams
- Organisational skills:- expected to assist in the preparation of cases, usually under pressure and to tight deadlines. Therefore, must be able to prioritise workloads at any given time
- Management skills:- have the ability to view situations from a commercial or business perspective. This requires you to look at a situation from different angles. Need to develop a capability of delegating tasks, supervising where appropriate and working on own initiative
Skills and Experience
We are looking for dynamic yet methodical thinkers with a keen eye for detail. Previous paralegal experience is desirable, and experience or a demonstrable commitment to the areas of law we practise is desirable. Knowledge of legal aid procedures is also an advantage. Strong administrative and organisation skills are required, and previous experience of working in an office is essential. Please see the person specification for further details.
Full-time role - 9.30-5.30 [35 hours per week]
Starting summer 2019
Salary: £22,000 per annum
Deadline: 5pm 4th Febuary 2019
To apply, please contact Mary-Anne Pragnell matthewgoldvacancy@