Paralegal – Health and Welfare Court of Protection – Bristol
A paralegal role based in the South West, specialising in community care and health and welfare in the Court of Protection.
Hours: Full Time
Vacancy Reference: 665-PBL
Ranked nationally in Chambers and Partners since 2016 for our Court of Protection work, our Court of Protection Health & Welfare team has an opportunity for a Paralegal to join its Bristol practice. The work is varied and rewarding, with a good degree of autonomy and encouragement to develop.
Acting in relation to Court of Protection proceedings, whether on behalf of the subject of those proceedings (via the Official Solicitor or independent advocates) or on behalf of the subject’s family or friends, you will advise and assist on a range of welfare disputes, including mental capacity and residence, contact, care, medical treatment and deprivation of liberty applications and will manage a case load of more standard applications almost immediately. You will work on behalf of legally aided and privately funded clients and be confident in advising clients on the most appropriate funding arrangements for their circumstances.
Your duties will include:
- Assisting senior fee earners with their case work, including reviewing evidence and disclosure
- In time, working towards running your own caseload
- Attending client meetings and court hearings as required
- Conducting legal research as requested
- Drafting court documents and preparing funding applications
- Liaising with clients, counsel and counsel’s clerk as and when required
- Managing and taking responsibility for legal aid applications and billing
- Preparing court bundles
Reporting to Jess Flanagan (listed as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Legal 500 2020) you will be encouraged to become strongly involved within the community care and Court of Protection networks and you will be encouraged to participate in our programme of events held bi-annually.
The role will involve travel to visit clients and court in the local area and if possible, to visit clients and attend court in the Southampton/Portsmouth and Dorset area.
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.
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. You should be educated to degree level (or equivalent). 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, perhaps with a background in the care sector (mental health, adult social care etc).
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. Whatever your background, you will have a clear interest in Court of Protection work, with strong interpersonal and communication skills and a determination to provide the best possible service for your clients.
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