New Vacancy – Civil Litigator

Civil Litigator/Personal Injury

Watson Woodhouse Ltd is expanding their Civil Litigation team and seek an innovative and forward thinking Fee Earner / Senior Clerk to work from their Middlesbrough office,.

Our team works across multi-discipline areas including Civil Actions Against Public Authority; Inquests; CICA; Abuse Claims; Human Rights; Judicial Review; Defamation / Misuse Private Information and Personal Injury work. We offer Legal Aid in the areas of CAPA; Inquest and Housing Litigation. 

Our team have been involved in high profile and ground-breaking cases and continue to fight for the rights of some of the most vulnerable members of society.

The role

  • The candidate will initially offer case progression support to two of the senior fee earners – with view to developing the knowledge and skills to manage an independent caseload predominately in the areas of CAPA; inquests/inquiries; Human Rights; Abuse and Psychological injury claims.
  • To assist with the marketing and expansion of the department as a whole.
  • To develop and use external links to promote the team and build work streams

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Assisting Senior Fee Earners with complex cases;
  • The work is varied and will involve undertaking a range of activity including legal research and assisting with case preparation;
  • Attendance at Client meetings; hearings and Court to liaise with Clients, Counsel, Defendants, Coroner; IOPC and other third parties
  • Taking witness evidence, drafting instructions and correspondence to clients, court and defendants;
  • The role will also include administrative work such as document; file management and billing assistance;
  • Dealing with all forms of funding, including Legal Aid and CFA’s and submitting applications to the LAA online via CCMS.

Person Specification and preferential skills

  • Legal qualification preferable but not essential;
  • Equivalent to 3 years PQE desired, but all candidates with relevant experience considered, including those who are unqualified but have a passion and commitment to fight for justice;
  • Experience in dealing sensitively with clients and experts, providing solutions and managing difficult situations and conversations;
  • Experience of working with vulnerable clients;
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated by an ability to communicate accurately, clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated by ability to organise and prioritise a complex workload and work to tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work in and contribute to a team environment;
  • Ability to multi-task, work well under pressure and use own initiative.

Competitive salary, excellent prospects and training provided.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to Vicky Thomas HR Manager email

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our recruitment team at the email above and they will respond directly.

Preference to have experience in issues including:

  • Civil Actions Against Public Authority
  • Inquests
  • CICA
  • Abuse Claims
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial Review
  • General Civil Disputes
  • Defamation / Misuse Private Information
  • Preferable to have experience in Legal Aid Finding

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