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Role Description

This is a great opportunity for a Paralegal/ Legal Assistant to join a fast paced but friendly Special Educational Needs team based in Reading.  This position is being offered on a 9-12 months FTC based on 4 days a week. Reporting into the Special Educational Needs Partner you will be responsible for providing an effective support service to fee earners and administrative duties 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 and 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:

  • Routine administrative tasks such as drafting court forms and grounds of appeal, drafting letters to clients, schools, and letters of instruction to experts and preparing court bundles etc
  • Make calls out to clients and third parties on behalf of and at the direction of senior fee earners
  • Diary management
  • Open and closure of new client files
  •  Client finance management and monitoring budgets
  • Management of experts’ fees
  • Maintain databases and client records


  • Request SAR records from school and LA
  •  Proof EHCPs
  • Research, contact and arrange assessments with experts
  • Steps following registration of appeals
  • Create schedule of documents for appeal and/or experts
  • Write articles for company website and assist with marketing events
  • Assist with research as required
  •  Ensure work is maintained at a high level of quality throughout to promote the reputation of the firm


Contractual Benefits

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

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 Paralegal
  • 1 x Legal Assisant 
  • 2 x SEN Specialist 
  • 1 x Partner 
  • 1 x Associate Solicitor 
  • 1 x Senior Associate Solicitor 

Other information

Boyes Turner is a well-known, successful and respected Commercial law firm named in both Legal 500 and Chambers guides. 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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