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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.
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.
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.