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Role Description

We have a great opportunity for a Paralegal to join our fast paced but friendly Special Educational Needs team based in Reading.  This position is being offered on a permanent basis  5 days each week, however for the right candidate we are happy to consider part time hours over 5 days.

Reporting into the Special Educational Needs Partner you will be responsible for engaging in fee earner activities and providing an effective support service to the wider team.

 

Experience/ Attributes required

  • Experience working within a legal environment
  • Ability to work unsupervised within scope of instructions/protocols from senior fee earners
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  •  Good customer service skills

 

  •   Good interpersonal skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently
  •  Excellent IT skills plus good knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel spreadsheets)
  • An interest in SEN, however experience working within this area is highly desirable

Work type:

  •  Dealing with new enquiries
  •   Client finance management and monitoring budgets
  • Management of experts’ fees
  • Maintain databases and client records
  •  Assist with marketing events to help promote Boyes Turner as a brand
  • Make calls out to clients and third parties on behalf of and at the direction of senior fee earners
  • Liaise with clients, local authorities, schools, and Tribunal
  • Request SAR records from school and LA
  •  Draft court forms
  • Prepare bundles
  • Draft Grounds of Appeal
  •   Proof EHCPs and prepare Working Documents
  •   Research, contact and arrange assessments with experts
  •   Steps following registration of appeals
  •  Draft letters to clients, schools, and letters of instruction to experts
  •  Create schedule of documents for appeal and/or experts
  • Write articles for company website
  •   Assist with research as required
  •  Ensure work is maintained at a high level of quality throughout to promote the reputation of the firm

Benefits

Contractual Benefits

  • 25 days annual leave,
  •   Pension scheme with a 4% employer contribution
  • Life Assurance- 5 x final
  • salary Shopping discounts and medicash

 

Non Contractual Benefits

  •  Travel season ticket loan scheme
  •   Cycle to work scheme
  •  Weekly wellbeing hour
  •   Birthday off
  •   1 x 8 hour charity day
  •   Bring your dog to work

Team structure

  • 1 x Legal Assistant 
  • 2 x SEN Specialist 
  • 1 x Partner 
  • 1 x Associate Solicitor 
  • 1 x Senior Associate Solicitor 

 

Other information

Boyes Turner’s Educational team is ranked in Tier 3 by Legal 500.  Its partners are recognized as experts in their field. The Group is innovative and seeking to find ways of developing its offering and services to clients harnessing all modern technologies.

We offer excellent working conditions and a modern, forward thinking, friendly team.

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We have been voted as the leading UK regional law firm to work for in the South East by the Best Company Survey published by the Sunday Times in 2006 and best law firm to work for in the South East for three years in a row.

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