Monday – Friday (8:30am to 5:30pm)
We are currently recruiting on behalf of an established firm of Solicitor’s, based in Newport. They have an immediate need for a Junior Litigator.
Assist and provide a range of legal support and administration to Partners, fee earners and other legal professionals.
To effectively manage all aspects of cases allocated and where necessary provide support to Partners and Solicitors within the Department/Firm.
To act for clients in a range of matters relating to Personal Injury and manage all client work allocated in accordance with the Firm’s standards.
To effectively undertake all assigned tasks allocated and where necessary provide support to the wider Department and/or Firm.
Fast track & multi track claims including some complex / high value multi track cases.
Achieve agreed levels of billing and time recording
Ensure all financial controls procedures are followed particularly in respect of billing procedures and collection of monies.
Ensure that all client work relating to own files is processed correctly and expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed of progress and costs.
Updating the case management system efficiently and effectively in accordance with departmental processes and procedures.
Liaise with legal representatives including counsel, costs drafts persons, experts etc.
Follow file reviews procedures ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
Carry out periodic costs checks on files as requested by the fee earner
Undertake administration work on own files and support senior fee earners with the same
Ensure that support staff allocated are progressing your work in a timely manner.
Prepare bundles of documents for counsel and experts and trial bundles when required.
Attend to clients both in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the firm’s standards for client care
Provide support to the support staff and fee earners as required
Greeting and dealing with “walk in” clients, to the office to take initial instructions or brief updates on their matter.
Maintain flexibility to attend conferences with clients which, on occasions may be outside of ‘normal working hours.’
Ensure the confidentiality of all the firm’s and client’s documentation and information.
Undertake any other duty as reasonably requested of you and within your capabilities including reception cover, post room cover and court run cover (full training provided.)
Perform legal and factual research – research the most valid arguments, review case facts, identify the relevant laws and ensure all other relevant information is considered in a case.
Summarise legal documents.
Check the accuracy of legal forms and documents.
Draft and serve legal documents.
Assist in the preparation of legal arguments, applications, declarations, and motions.
Prepare, serve and/or respond to correspondence.
Interact directly with clients, including taking initial instructions.
Proof read legal documents.
Attend Court to provide representation on behalf of clients and a willingness to undertake own advocacy where appropriate.
To undertake any other legal and/or administrative duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.
To achieve agreed levels of time-recording (as appropriate).
To undertake mandatory training or training identified as necessary to update skills or improve performance.
Have appropriate skills or ability to acquire and develop skills in order to utilise case management system effectively
To identify and initiate any cross-selling opportunities.
To ensure client satisfaction remains a high priority at all times and ensure appropriate client relationship management.
To ensure that supervision is sought prior to contact third parties outside the Firm or undertake any work outside of the scope of the role.
To ensure protocols are adhered to in order to protect the confidentiality of both the firm’s and clients’ documentation and information
To attend and, where required contribute to team meetings.
To undertake such administrative duties as your Employer may reasonably require from time to time.
Ensure telephones are covered and answered promptly and professionally at all times.