Main duties and responsibilities: Providing a competent and well trusted legal support function; To work closely with solicitors to progress a complex caseload; manage and support all aspects of case preparation and management from commencement of proceedings through to final hearing, ensuring strict adherence to legal deadlines; organise large volumes of material, identify missing documents, prioritise tasks and effectively communicate/share intelligence gathered with interested parties; Conducting legal research; Arranging and attending case conferences; Attending Court/Tribunal.
Key tasks and deliverables:
We are looking for intellectually capable, highly motivated people with excellent oral and written communication skills. You will be working as part of a team of lawyers based in London.
You need to have good self-awareness and a commitment to using feedback to learn and develop, pro-active and flexible.
We have opportunities for advisory paralegals in HMRC’s Solicitor’s Office and Legal Services. The Office is an integral part of HMRC. It is headed by the General Counsel and Solicitor, Gill Aitken, and includes approximately 150 lawyers who advise on legal issues arising from HMRC’s policy and operational work and conduct the Department’s litigation. Our legal work is high quality and covers a broad range of subjects. In addition to tax, our advice covers a range of general public law issues for HMRC, including human rights, administrative law, freedom of information, criminal law, benefits and credits and commercial law. Our lawyers work in specialist teams handling specific areas of work. An opportunity has become available to work within our Advisory directorate. Our paralegals are an integral source of support for our lawyers.
We have opportunities for paralegals in our advisory teams. If you are successful you can expect to work on any of the following:
Assisting with work on secondary legislation, including: Assisting lawyers with the Statutory Instrument (SI) template and validation as appropriate, e.g. checking footnotes; being further pair of eyes on final drafts; and maintaining monthly list of SIs in order to pro-actively offer help to lawyers, and, if appropriate drafting simple SIs under supervision.
Assisting with the co-ordination of casework relating to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Co-ordination of CJEU translations eg for the purpose of HMRC’s decision making process regarding requesting oral hearings in CJEU cases.
Working closely with the Sols EU/CJEU co-ordinators in the full range of their activities, and taking the lead on aspects of this role (with responsibility for dealing with a range of stakeholders, including CJEU litigation support, the Government Legal Department EU Litigation team, and colleagues across Sols handling CJEU litigation).
Legal Research on wide range of advisory work, including identifying relevant primary and secondary legislation, checking for any updates or amendments to such legislation, researching relevant case law and preparing appropriate research briefings for lawyers.
Instructions to Counsel where appropriate e.g. instructing counsel to attend at bail variation hearings and independent counsel regarding material potentially subject to Legal Professional Privilege.
Co-ordination of data on Counsel’s fees expenditure and forecast – to include translation service.
Input into knowledge management eg assisting with disseminating know-how, including uploading material onto Sols’ knowledge management databases, weekly reporting of work and client training and where necessary drafting practice notes.
Other work as appropriate e.g. initial review of draft search warrant applications to support criminal investigations and handling Mutual Legal Assistance requests (requests from foreign states for information to assist criminal investigations). Helping with legal team’s admin eg keeping team case lists up to date, assisting in compiling team reports and taking notes at conferences with counsel etc…
Assisting with and co-ordinating Parliamentary Bill work, e.g. collating documents for lawyers to attend parliamentary debates; research for/input into instructions to Parliamentary Counsel and overseeing Bill timetable and related documents.
You need a legal qualification and strong legal research skills, ideally with a good working knowledge of legal databases such as LexisNexis and Westlaw.
You need excellent IT skills (word/excel/outlook).
Please note this is a contracted position of 3-6 months with the possibility of extension depending on budgets and performance.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 8551632
**Please note as an agency we can only offer an Umbrella PAYE rate for this post **