Mental Health Law Paralegal - Bristol

Job Description

  • You must be bright, sensible and hardworking.
  • You have no less than 12 months of continuous paralegal experience
  • You have an interest in legal aid work, in particularly interested in mental health, mental capacity law, Immigration and public law.
  • You are passionate about helping people, as such you are not looking for a 9-5 job. You are willing to put in extra effort if required.
  • Have completed a law degree and/ or LPC

Responsibilities of a Mental Health Paralegal:

  • The role of Paralegal is offered within our Mental Health department. This is a highly specialised area of Human Rights Law that offers you the ability to research and apply your own legal knowledge, continuously learn and develop, undertake advocacy skills on a daily basis, and represent the some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
  • You will be expected to handle your own case load from a relatively early stage, and as such will need to manage your own time well.
  • You will be running files from start to finish, representing clients on a 1:1 basis, and travelling to your legal appointments.
  • The following is included in this role:

- Opening files/matters, undertaking initial opening procedures.

- Running files from start to finish.

- Meeting with your clients on a regular basis, taking instructions, providing clear and precise legal advice.

- Advocating on your clients behalf – at professionals meetings, on the wards/at hospitals, with professionals, and during hearings.

- Representing clients at Hospital Managers Hearings or First Tier Tribunal Hearings (once you have successfully completed a law society mental health accreditation scheme).

- Going above and beyond to fulfil your clients instructions to the best of your legal ability.

- Closing physical matter/file.

Required skills:

  • Ability to build and maintain rapport with clients
  • Ability to present yourself in a professional manner
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage own case load
  • Ability to undertake all office based tasks/procedures with careful attention to detail
  • Ability to work with difficult/challenging clients

You will be provided with necessary training during the first few weeks of employment, and will be allocated a Mentor/Supervisor to assist you.

You must hold a UK Drivers License and Full access to a car.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £21,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Additional leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
  • Private dental insurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Sick pay

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Application question(s):

  • Do you have access to your own car?

Licence/Certification:

  • Driving Licence (required)

Work Location: In person


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