Birnberg Peirce Ltd (London) - Paralegal

Paralegal
 
Legal Team – Prison Law Department
 
 
We are a long established, specialist and well-respected law firm specialising in Human Rights
based in London and we believe in putting our clients first. We represent clients, many of whom
have been convicted under terrorism legislation, in a range of prison law related matters, including
Parole Board reviews, Category A reviews, recalls on licence, Close Supervision
Centre/Separation Centre referrals, in addition to bringing public law challenges by way of judicial
review.
 
We are looking for a paralegal to support the work of our busy prison law department of three
solicitors.
 
The main responsibilities of the role will include:
- Assisting with casework as directed.
- Attending on clients and taking instructions, as well as liaising with counsel, courts, the
Parole Board and Legal Aid Agency.
- Undertake legal research.
- Drafting documents, including representations for Member Case Assessments, Category A
reviews, advice letters and other correspondence, witness statements, and instructions to
experts and counsel.
- Preparing legal aid applications, including checking client’s financial eligibility, keeping track
of cost limitations, and chasing decisions from the Legal Aid Agency.
- General administration including photocopying, and preparation of court documents and
bundles.
- File management, including opening and closing of files, preparing and overseeing the
progression of bills.
- First point of contact for incoming telephone enquiries.
- Take and consider new enquiries.
You will need to be proactive and confident in all aspects of the role and comfortable progressing
cases under the supervision of a solicitor.
 
HOURS – Full Time (Monday to Friday). At present our staff are hybrid working remotely from
home and the office in Camden. This is under constant review. This will be a fixed term contract.
The salary will depend on skills and experience. The starting salary circa £21k pa. The starting
date would be as soon as possible.
 
Please send your CV and covering letter to the Practice Manager, Claire Sibley, at
 
Closing Date for applications is close of business on Monday 1st August 2022 (17:00pm)
 
Person Specification
 
Applicants are required to demonstrate that they possess the following attributes:
 
Education and Qualifications
 
Essential
  • High standard of general education (minimum A level or equivalent).
  • Desirable
  • A Law degree or GDL.
  • LPC or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Excellent IT skills (Word Excel and Outlook) are essential.
  • Experience of working in an office environment and undertaking administrative tasks.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in prison law and/or public law.
  • Experience of drafting including representations, witness statements, advice letters.
  • Experience of time-recording and document management systems.
  • Experience of civil and/or criminal legal aid procedures.
  • Experience working with vulnerable people.

Skills and Abilities - Essential

  • The ability to communicate with a range of individuals in a professional and personable
  • manner.
  • Outstanding attention to detail, ensuring accuracy at all times.
  • Excellent organisational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to organise own work
  • with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to use their own initiative and to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.
  • The successful candidate will be professional, flexible and capable of working independently.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people.
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly.
  • Numerate and confident in working with numbers.

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to/interest in prison law and prisoners’ rights.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and the firm’s ethos.
  • Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative.
  • An open, flexible and positive approach to working in a team environment.