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Paralegal (12 Mth FTC) (2623)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – 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, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Our Team

Our Military Injury Compensation team represent individuals who have been injured, or have lost loved ones, due to a military accident where safety measures have not been followed. On behalf of our Clients, we seek a compensation settlement that takes medical costs into account, considering; service earnings, civilian earnings and pension contributions or resettlement grant. You’ll join Partner Andrew Buckham in our specialist Armed Forces Claims team who is "An excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved." - Legal 500, 2020

We are considered one of the top law firms in the country for military claims and several cases we were involved in were recently featured in the Chilcot Inquiry, the Nimord Inquest and The Kajaki Dam incident. More of our Client stories can be found here https://bit.ly/2YlI2Ny.

Your Role

You don’t always need to have a law degree to work as a Paralegal at Irwin Mitchell. In the Serious Injury team, we’re keen to have you on board if you are a great team player and willing to learn quickly. You’ll have your own caseload right from the beginning so this is a fantastic opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience in a law firm.

You’re role will involve but is not limited to:

  • Taking instructions from clients and assist with the giving of legal advice, including obtaining evidence and, where appropriate, assist with litigation, to achieve appropriate resolutions for the clients.
  • Achieve time recording and fee income targets to ensure profitable working.
  • Attend and contribute to team/practice area meetings and comply with directions/decisions made to ensure team objectives achieved.
  • 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.

What we’ll need from you:

  • Empathy and compassion to help guide our clients through challenging personal circumstances
  • A friendly, enthusiastic and can-do approach
  • Ideally, some previous Paralegal experience
What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

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. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. 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. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.

 

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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Location
One Dorset Street, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom, S015 2DP
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We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

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  • Business Area:
    Client Services Team
  • Sub-Sub-Business Area:
    Serious Injury
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • :
    Reading, Southampton
  • Salary:
    Up to £20,000
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