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Paralegal (3136)

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.

We are looking to add a Paralegal to our Lifetime & Estate Planning team to be based from Chichester, primarily to work as an estate administrator but with scope to develop skills in other areas of private client practice.

Your Role

Working as a Paralegal in our Chichester Private Client team, you’ll provide day to day support and assistance to the fee earners in relation to the team's clients and caseloads. You’ll be confident processing client work allocated to you by your supervisor; managing day-to-day estate administration cases, drafting statements of truth, probate application papers and Inheritance Tax forms and be comfortable dealing with third parties such as HMRC.

You’ll be responsible for

  • File management for the Estate Administration Team by running estate administration matters on a paperlite basis to include: file opening and compliance, dealing with correspondence; telephone calls; filing documentation and maintaining the digital file; facilitating financial transactions, inputting personal and financial data on the case management system and archiving files.
  • Handling original documents including wills, death certificates grants of probate and other legal instruments.
  • Dealing with initial telephone and website enquiries.
  • Completing probate applications.
  • Drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney and overseeing submission to the OPG under supervision of other members of the team
  • Completion and submission of Land Registry forms under supervision


We are looking for a candidate who ideally has experience of working in a similar role previously. You’ll be able to work quickly and accurately whilst also always giving excellent client care. Given the nature of the role, it’s essential that you are an exceptional and confident communicator as you’ll work as part of this highly respected team to assist clients and the firm’s trust corporation to the highest of your ability.

About You
  • Ideally you will have experience gained in a private client team with a particular focus on estate administration and probate applications.
  • Ability to work professionally and collaboratively;
  • Empathy and compassion to help guide our clients through challenging personal circumstances; 
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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Thomas Eggar House, Friary Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, PO19 1UF

We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

  • Sub-Department:
    Lifestyle & Estate Planning
  • Sub-Division:
    Private Client Services
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
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  • Salary:
    Salary negotiable depending upon experience
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