Family Paralegal

Family Paralegal

Family Paralegal Vacancy

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, one in North Bristol, one in South Bristol and one in Bath. 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 suit a law graduate intending to undertake or currently undertaking the LPC course. 

Watkins Solicitors is a friendly, sociable, and respected company with a firm belief in supporting our staff. We offer excellent employee benefits, great working culture and exciting career opportunities. This position may suit someone at the start of their legal career, as we provide 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 we will support the successful candidate 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; this is a perfect opportunity for a dedicated candidate looking for a challenging yet rewarding role. Full time is 35 hours a week, Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday 8.30 am to 4 pm. 

The candidate

We are looking for the right candidate who is highly organised and can use their own initiative. 

The main responsibilities include but are 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 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 personal pride in their work and be 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 

You can expect a rewarding career, as we believe in looking after our employees. We offer an excellent flexible work policy, and we also offer the Bike2Work Scheme. The firm very much supports continual training and has developed an extensive in-house training scheme. The firm is keen for staff to progress, and a training contract will be considered after 6-12 months of employment. The firm has nine trainees, all of whom commenced with the firm in a paralegal role.

Initial training will be provided in our North Street office; however, we would consider candidates who would work from the Fishponds office. Moreover, there may be the opportunity to work flexibly from home upon completion of training.

Salary: £19,000.00 per annum 

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to Kate Ford, HR Manager kford@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. The closing date for this vacancy is 17 June, and 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.