Legal assistant / paralegal

Job Title: Legal assistant / paralegal
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Reading
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-04-09 00:00:00
Reference: 748101453
Contact Name: Jason Slattery
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 09, 2019 16:04

Job Description

What is the purpose of this role?

We are recruiting for a temporary Legal Assistant/Paralegal to join our clients growing team for an initial 6 month period. They are a major player in the utilities sector and their office is based in the centre of Reading, Berkshire.

Your role will be to work with the businesses third party team to pursue negligence and damage of assets cases through the County Court from issue of proceedings through to enforcement of judgment; including arranging representation at court and providing general legal advice and support to the Third Party team. The role requires you to be an experienced civil litigator.

What makes this role unique?

We are seeking bright, intelligent and a personable legal assistant / paralegal who is hands on in their approach.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading Utility company. You will be performing a critical role as a member of our third party claims team. The team has grown from strength to strength over the last few years with substantial increase in income, but in order to continue growing we need more legal assistance to pursue more claims through the litigation process. You'll be supported by our other Legal Executives and the legal team.

This is a varied role which requires you to effectively manage multiple claims and prepare documents for court. You will have the opportunity to work on some very interesting and complex cases against various parties. It provides you with fantastic exposure to many areas of the business and industry.

What will this role involve?

Pursuing negligence and strict liability based claims through negotiation and where necessary through litigation.

Identify and assess legal risks.

Provide general legal advice and support to the third party team either personally or with the help of a specialist advisor.

Progressing cases through the County Court from issue of proceedings through to enforcement of judgment.

Drafting court documents.

Instructing Counsel and obtaining expert witnesses

Negotiate with third parties/their insurers to ensure any claim queries and/or challenges are dealt with efficiently.

Work closely with the third party team and the operational teams, gathering further evidence and witness statements where required.

What skills are we looking for?

You will be an experienced civil litigator with the necessary qualifications to undertake this role such as CILEx. Dealing with all the relevant claims processes such as part 36, part 20, Letter Before Action, Particulars of Claim, Court Forms, Tomlin orders etc. are all essential requirements for this role as is the ability to advise on costs, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution as well as instructing expert witnesses and advising on disclosure. Knowledge of water and sewerage networks would be advantageous but not essential.

Location and Salary

This role is based at their offices in central Reading, Berkshire; they are offering a salary up to £32,000 pro rata dependant on skills and experience.