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Paralegal (4604)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘we're legal and financial experts that care’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team of people working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs. Working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment.

We're always looking to support our colleagues to work in a way that works best for them and everyone else, including our clients, the business and the regulators. Please speak to one of our Talent Acquisition team to find out more.

We are looking to add a talented Paralegal to our Public Law & Human Rights team based in Sussex 

As a Paralegal in our Public Law & Human Rights team, you will play a crucial role in supporting our solicitors with a range of legal tasks. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on impactful cases, contribute to meaningful legal work, and grow your career in a supportive and collaborative environment. You will be expected to work both from home and in our Brighton and Gatwick offices


Our Team

Our Public Law & Human rights team undertake a range of work in the areas of judicial review, civil liberties (including inquests and actions against the police), education, social care, healthcare and medical treatment, mental capacity and Court of Protection welfare disputes. Our lawyers are experts in their field.

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 ranked individually.

We are instructed in interesting and often high profile, cutting-edge cases. We have forged a national reputation for our work on test cases. We have a national reach, with public law teams in ten 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. We work closely with our colleagues and teams in Irwin Mitchell to provide a holistic service to our clients.

Your Role and What You'll Be Doing

This role involves representing vulnerable individuals, including children, women in detention, and victims of trafficking, in judicial review challenges against central and local government. The successful candidate will also handle private law actions against public bodies such as the police, local authorities, and the Home Office for breaches of Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Assisting in bringing judicial review challenges against central and local government on behalf of vulnerable individuals.
  • Assisting in bringing claims for civil damages under the Human Rights Act against public bodies
  • Managing and organising case files efficiently, ensuring all legal processes and documentation are handled accurately and timely.
  • Managing legal aid funding on case files.
  • Performing administrative duties such as drafting legal documents, correspondence, and maintaining case management systems.
  • Keep up to date with changes in relevant law and practice and attend appropriate training events to ensure up to date legal knowledge and best practice.
  • Achieve time recording and fee income targets to ensure profitable working.
About You
  • A strong commitment to social justice and human rights.
  • Previous paralegal experience is preferable.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage a diverse caseload.
Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You


  • 25 days holidays as standard plus bank holidays - You can ‘buy’ up to 35hrs of extra holiday too.
  • Generous and flexible pension schemes.
  • Volunteering days – Two days of volunteering every year for a cause of your choice (fully paid)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering refunds on medical services alongside our Aviva Digital GP services.

We also offer a wide range of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace and to make sure you’re fully supported. This includes our Flexible by Choice programme which gives our colleagues more choice over a hybrid way of working subject to role, team and client requirements.

We have been ranked in the Best Workplaces for Wellbeing for Large Organisations for 2024!

Our responsible business programmes are fundamental to who we are and our purpose. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish, and we have established a number of inclusion network groups across our business to support this aim.

Our commitment to Social Responsibility, community investment activity and tackling climate change is a fundamental part of who we are. It’s made up of four strands: Our People, Our Community, Our Environment and Our Pro Bono.


Additional Information

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.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that 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.

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The Pinnacle, Station Way, Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom, RH10 1JH

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  • Sub-Department:
    Public Law & Human Rights
  • Sub-Division:
    CoP & PLHR
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
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    Brighton, Gatwick
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