Paralegal Apprentice with Irwin Mitchell (Costs)

  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Sheffield
  • £19838 per annum

An exciting opportunity to join one of the largest national law firms in the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest national law firms in the UK. You will be supporting the Sheffield Costs Team in recovering legal costs for the firm.

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  • GMFJ Reference
    245456
  • Wages
    £19,838 p/a
  • Hours
    35.00 per week
  • Date Posted
    22/01/2024
  • Start Date
    02/09/2024
  • Approx. Duration
    24 Months

  • Location
    Sheffield
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Law
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Paralegal (ST0245)
  • Employer
    Irwin Mitchell

Description

We're a full-service law firm, which means whatever advice is needed we can help. Giving the best possible advice is about more than knowledge and expertise. We seek to understand the people and business we work with as deeply as possible and take time to listen to what matters most to them.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

Your Role

An exciting opportunity to join one of the largest national law firms in the UK. You will be supporting the Sheffield Costs Team in recovering legal costs for the firm.

As part of the UK’s largest internal legal costs team, Irwin Mitchell’s costs lawyers are uniquely placed to offer the same high level of service to external clients as well. Our team of 135 includes 36 qualified costs lawyers, 3 qualified solicitors, and 5 qualified Fellow CILEx Chartered Legal Executives. We are involved with 650 contentious court hearings and 1500 claims for costs per year with values up to £5m.

We are experienced with all areas of costs and funding for legal services and can help with:

Recovering legal costs from the losing side of a case

Representing you in court hearings to recover or challenge legal costs payments

Preparing budgets and estimates for the costs of running a legal case

Claiming legal costs from the Legal Services Commission

Advising clients and institutions about the best way to fund your legal costs

Drafting documents and contracts for costs services, e.g. Collective Conditional Agreements


Paralegals support solicitors in preparing cases for trial and progressing transactions. This involves creating and organising case files, as well as contacting clients and performing legal research. This programme offers a great grounding for a career in law.

Your main responsibilities within the department will include the following:

As well as being the point of contact for clients and therefore need to have excellent communication skills; you will undertake jobs such as setting up utilities/insurance/purchasing equipment/paying invoices/dealing with employee payroll/checking bank statements accuracy and general management of budgets.

You will need to become familiar with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and will work with clients who may have suffered brain injury as a result of medical negligence or accidents.

Communicating with clients, other firms of solicitors and third parties by telephone or in writing including taking client instructions and providing case updates when appropriate.

Achieve time recording and fee income targets to ensure profitable working.

Ensuring compliance with the firm’s policies and procedures.

Attending appropriate training events as and when required.

Conducting legal research as requested by members of the team.

You may sometimes be required to complete relevant administration duties including photocopying, scanning documents, amending documentation, filing, archiving and file maintenance.


Our Apprenticeship


Who is it for?

This is a 24-month apprenticeship perfect for anyone who wants to gain hands-on legal experience at the UK’s largest full-service law firm.

This apprenticeship is a great alternative to university, as it gives you the chance to earn while you learn. It also helps you to work towards the Level 3 paralegal apprenticeship, helping to develop your career from day one.

What will I study?

The academic part of the apprenticeship is delivered by our apprenticeship training provider BPP via distance learning. The modules you study will link to the client service area in which you undertake your apprenticeship.

View more information on what you’ll study and the work you’ll do as part of your apprenticeship on the BPP website here Paralegal Apprenticeship | Courses | BPP.

https://www.bpp.com/courses/law/apprenticeships/paralegal-apprenticeship


What qualification will I gain?

When you finish this apprenticeship, you will be a qualified paralegal in your area of practice and you will also gain a Certificate of Higher Education (Law and Legal Practice).


What We Can Offer You

Our apprentices receive a full benefits package including:

25 days holiday with the opportunity to buy additional leave

2 volunteering days a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)

Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

Contributory pension scheme

We pay our apprentices a starting salary of £19,838 (UK regions) and £21,749 specifically in London

Access to a variety of training and development resources

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture.





For more information about this vacancy please contact BPP Professional Apprenticeships on 01133 500 333 (Ref ID: 245456)


  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Proficient in IT packages including Microsoft Word, Office and Excel

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C or 9 to 4, including maths and English (or equivalent). You’ll also need at least 3 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies) in order to meet the minimum academic requirements needed to complete this apprenticeship.

If you have a law degree, you are unable to apply for this apprenticeship however you could apply for a Training Contract with us. Visit our Early Careers Recruitment website for more information.


As a Paralegal Apprentice with BPP, you will complete the Paralegal Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Additional learning within the apprenticeship will enable you to be awarded a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services which can afford you exemptions from the first two years of the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Your apprenticeship shall be delivered by online training from and on-the-job learning.

  • A strong desire to work within in a legal environment
  • Discretion and ability to work in a confidential environment, dealing with sensitive and confidential situations
  • appropriately
  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Confident
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work well in a business environment
  • Ability to work at speed whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to be flexible to suit the needs of the department
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to work under close supervision and also be able to work under your own initiative
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines

Many people accept permanent roles with us after completing their apprenticeship. We’ll help you develop your skills further and you will have opportunities to advance to more senior positions. Wherever your career takes you, you’ll have an industry-recognised qualification and training from one of the UK’s top law firms as proof of your skills and knowledge.

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

The background checks made will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ¬with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.


Please ensure that you apply for the position as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The closing date is a rough guideline as to when an advert will close. The advert may close before the given closing date if the employer has filled the position(s).

BPP have a dedicated team who support students with disabilities, learning difficulties, health conditions and wellbeing. Please contact us if you have any queries or would like more details.

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