Legal Advisor (10 Month FTC)

Location:

Agile/Tithebarn Street, Liverpool

REFERENCE: 01/21/01
CLOSING DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM

*10 month fixed term contract*

Job Purpose:

To be responsible in assisting a Grade A fee earner in all aspects of litigated and non-litigated, serious or catastrophic personal injury claims.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Deal with all aspects of litigated and non – litigated personal injury claims mainly of a high (serious injury/ multi track) value and/or technical nature as requested
  • Continuously risk assess a case as it progresses and highlight concerns to line manager to include having regard to liability, contributory negligence and causation
  • Have an excellent working knowledge of the CPR and/or and other relevant case law and/or legislation and progressing claims in a timely manner in accordance with the CPR
  • Be able to identify subtle injuries and ask relevant questions to ascertain the nature of injuries suffered
  • To identify the need for signposting to other organisations such as Headway
  • To identify the need for the claimant to be referred for a benefits check
  • To be able to identify other relevant policies or cover in place such as critical illness or permanent health and advise the client accordingly
  • To liaise with the coroners court and attend the coroners court as needed
  • To attend if required the Magistrates or Crown Court for the hearing of any associated criminal proceedings
  • Be able to obtain relevant and necessary evidence (medical or otherwise), liaising with medical experts as necessary, identify and request relevant discovery documents. This will include being familiar with digitised platforms for securing medical records and imagery, an ability to review records and reports and prepare comprehensive summaries
  • Instruct Counsel, attend conferences, hearings and CMC’s, JSMs etc
  • Draft pleadings, applications, instructions, briefs, schedules of loss and witness statements with supervision
  • Ensure any appropriate instructions are obtained from any relevant lay and/or insurance clients or their litigation friend where the client is a protected party
  • Prioritise urgent schedule entries and dealing with remainder of daily tasks on To Do list
  • Prioritise Court directions ensuring all directions are complied with in a timely manner
  • Liaise with Professional Deputy and Case managers throughout the case
  • Engage with business development activities as required by your manager or Department Head of Department
  • Engage with mentoring and training other team members as required by your manager or Department Head
  • Delivering an outstanding client service and securing excellent reviews post settlement
  • To attend client meetings as requested which can be anywhere in England/Wales

Experience & Knowledge:

  • At least 2 years’ experience running a litigated case load of their own or assisting with a serious injury case load. Candidates from a Defendant background with relevant experience will be considered.
  • Excellent client care and analytical skills, to include providing written and oral advice in a clear concise manner
  • Have empathy, compassion and patience.
  • Be available out of normal office hours to speak to clients from time to time
  • The ability to liaise and build up a rapport by using effective communication with all external agencies during the life of a claim including medical agencies, investigators, barristers etc.
  • Good IT skills with a sound working knowledge of VF or a similar case management system and essential MS Office knowledge
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills, with a calm and methodical approach to work, and a flexible and adaptable attitude to resolving issues
  • An ability to perform under pressure
  • To know own limitations and when to ask for help and support
  • To immediately flag any mistakes or worries

Legal Advisor

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