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11 months ago
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Location: London, Central/West End, City
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: In House
Experience: Any or N/A
Contact: Recruitment
Sector: Employment
Category: Fee Earner Jobs, Paralegal Jobs

Core responsibilities

We are seeking an Employment Paralegal to join our team in London. Key responsibilities include:

• Undertaking a wide range of document management activities, including collating and working on an initial assessment of documents
• Considering evidence to establish relevant witnesses and checking availability, and drafting basic witness statements
• Assisting with drafting and lodging defences to claims
• Drafting agendas and lists of issues for case management discussions
• Considering directions and complying e.g. preparing disclosure lists and liaising with other side to agree upon a hearing bundle
• Drafting counter schedules of loss
• Drafting COT3s in advance of settlement and liaising with other side to agree COT3 wording in pursuance of settlement
• Drafting briefs to counsel and liaising with barristers and clerks
• Drafting applications to Employment Tribunals and liaising with Tribunals
• Drafting costs applications and preparing schedules of costs
• Regular liaison with other paralegals, trainees and lawyers to ensure the efficient management of caseloads and deadlines

Key skills

• Previous experience of working as a paralegal and/or working on an HR helpline
• Previous experience of handling employee relations issues either in an HR or legal capacity
• A confident communicator. Able to deal effectively with internal and external contacts in both verbal and written communication in a clear concise and friendly manner
• An eye for quality and sound IT skills
• A flexible and self-motivated team player
• Graduate in law or related subject/CPE
• It would be desirable if you have previous experience of handling your own litigation caseload
• Practical experience of dealing with data subject access requests would be desirable

This is a friendly and inclusive team with a strong emphasis on developing its people and providing them with a supportive and challenging working environment.

The team

The Employment and Pensions Group at DAC Beachcroft LLP is over 110 strong with 16 Partners and a presence in London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. The Team advises public and private sector employers on human resource issues from daily personnel matters, including disciplinary and grievance issues, to strategic management issues such as redundancy programmes, industrial action, and transfers of employees.

As part of their service, the team also provide management training and consultative advice tailored to the client’s specific needs. The Team is unusual in the breadth and depth of its employment litigation experience: between them they handle over 1000 tribunal cases per year.

We undertake a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work in the private and public sectors. The team has a strong track record in providing employment advice to public health sector clients which include NHS Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and Higher and Further education sector clients. Within the private sector, we act principally for medium-sized to large employers, including a range of financial institutions, blue chip companies, PLC, multi nationals, and privately owned companies across the firm’s key sectors.

The London team, in particular, is developing a strong financial services offering, as well as continuing to advise household name NHS clients on complex and strategic matters. The team also provides transactional support, and has close links with many other departments.

About the firm

With over 2,300 people, DAC Beachcroft combines one of the most comprehensive UK legal networks with coverage across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia-Pacific. We provide a full service claims, transactional, commercial, risk and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate. We are agile, progressive and easy to engage with.

We are committed to supporting the communities where we operate through charitable giving, pro bono work and programmes such as those operated by Business in the Community and The Prince's Trust.

In Chambers UK, the leading legal guide's 2017 edition, the firm received 57 rankings with 36 of our total listings in either Band 1 or Band 2, as well as 99 Ranked Lawyers.

In The Legal 500 UK 2016, one of the leading guides to law firms in the UK, the firm received 105 practice area rankings, over half of which are Tier 1 and 2. In addition to team rankings, 18 of our lawyers have been listed in the elite "leading individuals" list, some in multiple categories, and 161 colleagues are "recommended" in the editorial.

DAC Beachcroft holds certification under ISO9001, the quality assurance standard and ISO27001, the information security standard, and DAC Beachcroft LLP is the largest law firm in the country to hold a Gold Investors in People award.

Application Details

DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

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