Barnes Harrild & Dyer (Croydon,London) – Paralegal

Position: Entry-Level Paralegal – Asylum and Human Rights
Company: Barnes, Harrild & Dyer Solicitors
Location: Croydon, UK (With flexibility for hybrid working after initial 3 months)
Pay: £20k – £25k depending on experience
Closing date: 8 June 2024, although we reserve the right to bring that date forward if the right candidate is found

About Us: BHD is a leading legal aid firm dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to individuals seeking asylum and protection. Our team is passionate about defending the rights of vulnerable individuals and ensuring access to justice for all. We are a legal 500 law firm who recognise our senior partner as a leading individual. We have specialised in asylum law for over 22 years, and in this time, we have contributed to this field with our representation in country guidance cases and appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, such as the recent Rwanda litigation.

Role Overview: We are currently seeking a motivated and dedicated individual to join our team as an Entry-Level Paralegal. This role offers an excellent opportunity for a recent law graduate with a passion for social justice and a desire to pursue a career in legal aid. As a Paralegal, you will have the opportunity to manage your own caseload under the supervision of experienced solicitors, working closely with asylum seekers and individuals seeking protection.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Open files in the case management system and maintain accurate records.
  • Liaise with the Home Office and other relevant authorities on behalf of clients.
  • Take detailed statements from clients relating to their reasons for claiming asylum.
  • Organize interpreters and other necessary support services for clients.
  • Prepare clients for interviews and hearings, providing guidance and support throughout the process.
  • Advise clients on the merits of their case and assist in the preparation of legal documents and submissions.


  • A law degree.
  • A strong desire to pursue a career in legal aid and a passion for social justice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage own caseload effectively.
  • Previous experience working with asylum seekers or in a similar field is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in a law firm or legal environment is beneficial.
  • A master’s degree and/or any IAAS accreditations would be advantageous.


  • Starting salary is according to the candidate’s qualification and experience and levels
    of accreditations held with the IAAS Scheme.
  • Opportunities for professional development and advancement within the firm.
  • Achieve recognised accreditations and possibility for training routes to qualification as a solicitor or legal executive lawyer.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment dedicated to making a positive impact in the community.
  • The chance to work on meaningful cases that have a real impact on people’s lives.

If you are a compassionate and driven individual looking to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals, we encourage you to apply for this position. Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and motivation for applying to

Barnes, Harrild & Dyer Solicitors is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.