Court of Protection – Junior Paralegal – Bristol
A role providing assistance for vulnerable people with the management of their financial affairs and related responsibilities.
Role: Court of Protection Junior Paralegal
Vacancy Reference: 746-PBL
Our growing Court of Protection team in Bristol has an opportunity for a Paralegal to join its Bristol practice. Our experienced and approachable team works with families, professional advisers and local authorities across the country, providing practical advice and assistance on behalf of people who cannot manage their own finances, for reasons such as mental incapacity, mental illness or following a severe personal injury.
In this role you will be responsible (under supervision) for managing the financial affairs of vulnerable people (in particular, those with limited mental capacity due to diagnosis of dementia). This role involves daily direct contact with our clients and with their families, care providers including care and nursing homes, government bodies, benefits agencies, local authorities, financial institutions, and other professional bodies including the litigation team dealing with any associated ongoing claim.
You will support and protect the needs of the individual on a wide range of issues including care arrangements and financial planning/management. The kind of assistance you provide may include making enquiries about clients’ entitlement to benefits with benefits agencies, paying bills, administrating payroll to a privately employed care team, managing their finances, speaking to financial advisors and financial institutions on behalf of the client, liaising with the clients’ family members, and speaking to social services or the client’s care providers.
You will also be responsible with supporting the team with various administration duties.
The Private Client team is one of our larger teams at Clarke Willmott, and in addition to Court of Protection work, handles Lifetime Planning, Probate and Tax and Trusts. We are a sociable, friendly team – busy and hardworking, but we ensure a good work/life balance.
It is an integral part of this role that you comply with information security and all firm policies and procedures.
You will have a caring nature, seeing this role as more than a ‘job’, taking your responsibilities to our vulnerable clients very seriously, whether the task is big or small. When it comes to individuals’ lives, every detail matters, so you will be someone who considers the wider implications of what you do, and who likes to go the extra mile.
You will be personable, approachable and with a genuine interest in caring for vulnerable adults and in court of protection as an area of law.
This role involves some basic accountancy skills for reconciling client accounts, so good numeracy skills and a competent knowledge of Microsoft Excel is important. You will also need strong written and oral communication skills, being able to adapt your style to communicate effectively with a wide range of professional and lay people. As you will be assisting clients in managing their affairs, you will be exceptionally organised, used to working efficiently and accurately, in a busy and varied role. You pride yourself on your professionalism, with a personal touch and a high standard of honesty and integrity.
We are open to candidates from a variety of backgrounds. You may be a law or LPC graduate or experienced paralegal. Equally, you may have a degree from a different discipline, but have an interest in care or court of protection work, with a background in accounting, financial planning or the care sector (mental health, adult social care etc). You may even have gained your experience as a primary carer where you have had responsibility for managing financial arrangements as well as providing personal care.
What is most important is your attitude, personality fit and interest/knowledge in court of protection work. Training will be provided to enable you to succeed in this role and make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. We provide a wide range of legal services to corporate clients, organisations and individuals.
Our Court of Protection role will be based within the Bristol Team. The team supports both Anthony Fairweather and Anne Minihane who are panel deputies.
There are currently 13 individuals supporting Anthony and Anne. The team comprises of qualified solicitors right through to junior administration assistants. All of the team members have taken different educational routes and have had varied work experiences. The team’s backgrounds are very diverse with individuals having experience in retail, customer service, health and social care, legal and office administration to name a few.
Having enjoyed significant growth in recent years, we now have over 660 people, including over 100 partners and we are continuing to grow.
The UK Law Firm of the Year 2019 survey by RollonFriday.com placed us ninth nationally as a place to work, coming 5th overall for management and 5th for career development. In 2018, we took first place in the work/life balance category.
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