We are recruiting for a full-time paralegal to work in our public law and human rights department within our Birmingham office.
We are recruiting a paralegal to assist solicitors within our Birmingham office on a range of public law and human rights cases, with a particular focus on our civil liberties work representing claimants and complainants against the police.
Paralegal or public law / human rights experience, particularly within the field of actions against the police, would be an advantage although this is not essential. The successful candidate must however be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in public law and a commitment to legally aided work.
Successful candidates will have excellent client care skills and a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of clients’ needs. As a firm we are committed to protecting clients’ rights and the post-holder should have good communication skills in order to be able to work effectively with all types of people.
Candidates will also be expected to have excellent analytical and organisational skills, be committed to teamwork, take a thorough approach to documenting their work, be IT literate, attentive to detail, and have the ability to use their own initiative. This position would suit motivated individuals with intelligence, ambition, lateral thinking skills and sound judgment. You must hold either an undergraduate degree in law or a post-graduate diploma in law (GDL).
If you thrive on being busy and can adapt well to new challenges then we’ll give you all the training and support you’ll need to help you succeed in this highly rewarding role.
Our Public Law and Human Rights department is ranked as a leader in a range of fields in both the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories. Many of our solicitors are individually ranked.
We are instructed in high profile, cutting-edge cases. Our current specialisms cover advisory work and litigation in the areas of judicial review, community care and healthcare, Court of Protection, education and civil liberties, including actions against the police and inquests concerning deaths in custody. We have forged a national reputation for our work on test cases. We have a national reach, with public law solicitors in nine offices across the country.
We hold Legal Aid Agency contracts in public law, community care and actions against the police and are also instructed by privately funded individuals, professional associations and institutions including national and local charities and other voluntary organisations.
In addition to your basic salary we have a competitive benefits package including pension, critical illness cover, health cash plan, death in service, discounted legal services, 25 days hols (this increases with length of service), discounted online shopping, discounted gym memberships and season ticket loans.
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.