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Paralegal - Family - Higgs LLP

Paralegal - Family - Higgs LLP

companyHiggs LLP
locationBrierley Hill, UK
remoteOffice/home hybrid
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
Partial QWE - SQE route
£1-£29,999
Role CommencementAs soon as possible
SRA QWE competencesApplying critical thinking and analysis (SRA competences A5) | Applying legal principles (SRA competences A4) | Clear Oral and Written Communication (SRA competences C1) | Client relationships (SRA competences C2) | Learning from practice and other people (SRA competences A2) | Legal Drafting (SRA competences B4) | Legal Research (SRA competences B2) | Opportunity to gain feedback from effective supervision (SRA competences A3) | Project/case management (SRA competences B7) | Understanding the business and compliance environment of the organisation (SRA competences D2) | Self-management (SRA competences D1) | Working in professionally regulated environment (SRA competences A1) | Professional workplace relationships (SRA competences C3)

Application deadline: 28 June 2024

Our Purpose

To forge long-term relationships that have a positive impact on our people, our clients, our business partners, and our community.

Our Commitment to Our People

We do not think there is a magic formula to the Higgs culture. The key is to listen to and respect our people. If we take care of our people and our people take care of our clients, then everything we want as a firm will take care of itself. We are friendly and open to new ideas.

Our Core Values

Higgs core values are “CLEAR” – Care, Legacy, Excellence, Authenticity, Relationships

Role Purpose

As a Paralegal you will be working in a demanding environment where your quick thinking, strong work ethic, attention to detail and accuracy are vital attributes. 

The Family department is a growing team and is looking for a Paralegal to provide direct support to both clients and other members of the team in delivering exceptional service.

You will have a broad understanding of family law, as well as experience of dealing with client requests and the demands of your team often connected to sensitive or complex issues.  

Key Responsibilities

  •  Conducting client interviews to gather information and documents and preparation of detailed notes from meetings
  • Contacting clients and third parties to provide updates/information and dealing with enquiries.
  •  Drafting of emails, letters, pleadings and other documents related directly to client matters and ensuring that electronic client files are managed properly and organised correctly
  • Collation and sorting documents for court and disclosure bundles and taking responsibility for the accurate preparation and delivery of these
  • Taking responsibility for timetabling, diarising and ensuring that court and other deadlines are managed and met and filing and exchanging documents with the court online and in person as well as with third parties
  • Researching case law and procedure to provide direct support to clients or other members of your team
  • Organising and attending conferences with Counsel
  • Provide administrative support to other members of your team, including scheduling client meetings, organising MIAM and mediation sessions, diarising and attending court hearings
  • Assisting with all finance processes, closure of files and gathering feedback from clients for Review Solicitors
  • Accurate time recording and ensuring that there is effective tracking of your chargeable hours targets and goals

Person Specification

  • An interest in the law and particularly issues concerning divorce, financial remedy, wealth protection, children law and domestic abuse
  • Personal effectiveness and self-management
  • Good communication skills with clients, colleagues and third parties
  • Excellent organisational and team skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Flexible and dependable, able to take the initiative
  • Able to remain calm under pressure and work to tight deadlines
  • Conscientious, approachable and enthusiastic
  • Able to quickly build confidence, respect and trust with others

Technical Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe
  • Knowledge of HTS

 What You Need to Know

Higgs offers hybrid working wherever possible. Our Higgs’ Best FIT (flexible, inclusive, together) principles are designed to ensure that people can complete their best work from the most appropriate location. If you are looking to work flexibly then let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate your request.

We encourage a ‘dress for your diary’ approach which means dressing in a manner appropriate for your schedule or the specific appointments you have on any given day.

Equal Opportunities 

As charter signatories to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, Higgs are committed to developing a diverse business by engaging with the widest pool of talent. 

People Driven. Legal Excellence.

Practice area

  • Family law

Salary range

  • £1-£29,999