Family Paralegal

Family Paralegal

Watkins Solicitors is an award winning and busy solicitors firm specialising in Family Law, Education Law, Conveyancing, Human Rights, Judicial Review, and Wills & Probate Law.  

Currently we have three offices with one in North Bristol, one in South Bristol and one in Bath and we also see clients by appointment in Hereford. The firm has a Legal Aid franchise and carries out work under the Legal Aid scheme for family clients, judicial review, and human rights.  The firm also acts for clients on a private basis.  This job may well suit a law graduate who is intending to undertake or is currently undertaking the LPC course.  We would consider a part-time appointment to fit in with a suitable candidate’s studies.

Watkins Solicitors has an outstanding reputation as a good employer.  We offer excellent employee benefits, a great working culture and exciting career opportunities.  We are a friendly, sociable, and respected company with a firm belief in supporting our staff. This position may suit someone at the start of their legal career as we offer training and progression opportunities.  We support remote, agile, and flexible working opportunities.

In line with the firm’s culture, it is our aim to nurture and grow our own talent and the successful candidate will be supported in their development and progression.

The Role 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Family Department. We are seeking to appoint a permanent full time Family Paralegal, but may consider a part time appointment, this is a perfect opportunity for a dedicated candidate who is looking for a challenging yet rewarding role. Full time is 35 hours a week Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4pm.

The Candidate

We are looking for the right candidate who has an ability to use their own initiative and is highly organised.

The main responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the family department, taking initial calls from new clients
  • General admin duties.
  • To assist fee earners in dealing with their cases, to include documentation preparation, and drafting statements.
  • Making applications on CCMS for legal aid. 
  • Creating and updating court bundles. 
  • To liaise with other professionals such as support workers and independent experts in arranging appointments for clients
  • Training will be provided on Injunctions, Child Public, and Child Private for further development into the role.
  • Attending court with counsel.
  • Attending conferences with counsel.
  • To use the correct office systems and procedures in order to manage cases
  • To keep yourself technically up to date by training and research.

Essential criteria

  • A law degree or equivalent
  • Experience using a case management system
  • A high level of written English, with an emphasis on spelling, presentation, and the use of punctuation
  • A “can do attitude” and the ability to use your own initiative.
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic IT skills
  • Take a personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of the highest quality.
  • Can maintain high standards of client care.

Desirable Criteria

  • Successful completion of the LPC
  • Own Transport
  • Previous experience of working in a family law environment or other legal setting

Our Offer

In return you can expect a rewarding career, as we believe in looking after our employees which is why we offer a great flexible work policy to help you balance your personal and professional lives. We also offer the Bike2Work Scheme. Continual training is very much supported by the firm and the firm has developed an extensive in-house training scheme.  The firm is keen for staff to progress and after 6-12 months of employment, a training contract will be considered. Currently the firm has 9 trainees, all of whom commenced with the firm in a paralegal role.

The initial training will be provided in our North Street office. However, thereafter there may be the opportunity to work flexibly from home and therefore, this position may be attractive to candidates living some distance from the offices who is able to work from home.

Salary £19,000.00 per annum

To apply please send a CV and a covering letter to Kate Ford kford@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. Closing date for this vacancy is 13 September 2021 Interviews will take place remotely.

This firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.