Paralegal to James Avery
Application Closing Date: 12pm (noon) on 18th November 2020.
Self-employed role: up to about 40 hours per week
Central London based
I am a busy practitioner (28 years call) at Temple Garden Chambers. My practice is almost exclusively personal injury (evenly balanced between Claimant and Defendant instructions).
I am looking for a paralegal to assist me in my practice. The role is ideally offered on a full-time basis but with flexible hours (I work both early and late, but can accommodate someone with either preference), although substantial part-time applicants may be considered. Previous personal injury and/or civil law experience is desirable but not a prerequisite. I will consider applicants demonstrating relevant skills and an appetite to learn quickly. The most recent occupier of this role was a recent BPTC graduate.
The role will suit someone with an aspiration to a career at the Bar, who would value the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of life in Chambers, whilst being involved in a busy personal injury practice. Several previous occupiers of this role have secured pupillage after working with me. There may also be opportunities to do work for other members of Chambers on occasion.
Responsibilities will include the following:-
- Research for, and preparation of advices, pleadings, schedules and quantum analysis.
- Preparing pre- and post-conference attendance notes/agendas.
- Attending conferences, JSMs and trials, currently remotely by video link but ordinarily including some rail travel to solicitor contacts in Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff.
- Researching and analysing recent authorities and areas of law relevant to ongoing cases and preparing notes on the same.
- Preparing summary notes on new papers.
- Writing articles and preparing seminar notes.
- Perusing medical, DWP, employment and other source records to identify and catalogue relevant entries.
- Proof-reading and typesetting documents.
- Maintaining files on relevant case law and journal articles.
- Updating website entry and other marketing material.
- Responding to solicitor enquiries in respect of ongoing cases and/or separate queries.
- Some administrative tasks.
- Attending some seminars and marketing/social events.
The successful candidate should have the following skills/attributes:-
- Excellent research skills and attention to detail.
- Strong numeracy skills.
- Self-motivation and initiative, with the ability to work quickly and effectively.
- Good interpersonal skills, with both the confidence and judgment to use them appropriately.
- Ability to absorb and quickly analyse detailed and complex documents.
- A fluent but concise writing style which is capable of adaptation to/integration with my own.
- Well presented, with a consistently profession demeanour.
- The confidence to stand your ground where appropriate, coupled with the ability to accept constructive criticism and a desire to improve.
- A good understanding of the mechanics and subtleties inherent in Ogden table future loss of earnings claims.
- The ability and desire to work hard and learn quickly whilst under pressure, commensurate with life at the modern Bar.
- Good IT skills, including familiarity with Excel and proficient typing.
Terms of Engagement
The position is offered on a self-employed basis, working (under current Chambers provisions) within my room in Chambers (located on Middle Temple Lane). Furniture will be provided, but you should have your own laptop. In line with the COVID-19 situation, more scope may be given to working from home at times.
You will submit monthly invoices for work done and expenses incurred. Self-employed status will give scope for some work to be done elsewhere (particularly for other members of Chambers), subject to discussion/agreement. Flexible hours of work with regards to usual working week (up to an anticipated 40 hours per week), but there may be times when unsociable hours are required due to urgent demand or travel. Daily/half-daily rate to be agreed.
Suggested start date: 4th January 2021. Applicant must be available for a week of training in December 2020.
• Your CV (no more than 2 pages);
• A covering letter (no more than 2 pages), explaining how you meet the above criteria, why you want this role, and whether you are available for interview on Saturday 21st November 2020.
Initial interviews will be held via Zoom. Thereafter short-listed candidates may be required to attend an in-person 2nd interview and/or to complete a research task.
Closing Date: 12pm (noon) on 18th November 2020.