12 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
CMS are seeking a Paralegal to join our Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance and Employment team, more specifically our Defendant Personal Injury and Products team based in Sheffield.

Our Defendant Personal Injury and Products team has a reputation for delivering sound timely advice and particular expertise in large-scale litigation, multi-party actions and group actions. Its clients include government, large self-insured corporates and international organisations (non-governmental and commercial).
The team is best known for its work for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy defending liabilities arising from the former nationalised mining industry. This includes mainly noise induced hearing loss and respiratory disease miners' claims, and historically vibration white finger which together have over 600,000 claims with an estimated value of over £8bn. More recently the team successfully defended the Miner's Knee claims and was involved in the Phurnacite group Litigation for the Defendants. Currently it is representing the government in the Coke Worker Group Litigation. It also acts for a range of self-insured (acted for Cape in the recent Cape insurance and product liability litigation, represents Tarmac in a range of accident and injury claims), Government, other public sector clients and insurers.
The team also has a costs offering for the Dispute Resolution section.

About the role

The Paralegal will be working on various tasks for the team. Key responsibilities will include;

Case Load

  • Own case load of up to 50 industrial disease (principally NIHL but also asbestos related disease and occupational cancers)

  • Reading through a large number of legal and other documents on an IT platform and selecting those documents for disclosure
  • Reviewing and profiling documents relevant cases in the team
  • Carrying out searches of the historic databases for relevant documents and previous case files
Witness Statements

  • Supporting Associates as they take witness statements
  • Drafting and amending witness statements
Expert Evidence

  • Supporting Associates as they commission and work with experts.
Claims Investigation

  • Opening new matters and updating spreadsheets
  • Investigating individual Claimant employment, background and history to include compiling detailed work histories.
  • Reviewing and collating relevant medical history to include reviewing medical records and previous case files
Group Litigation and Multi-Party Actions

  • Attendance at various meetings with counsel and/or experts and the client
  • Attendance at Court hearings
  • Dealing with the opening and closing of files
  • Claim investigation (as set out above)
  • Assisting Associates with other tasks on files

About you

  • Previous paralegal experience (minimum 6 months working in personal injury, preferably industrial disease) or law degree is essential.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Exceptional communication skills; must be able to interact with Partners and Fee earners
  • Client care skills (telephone, email and face to face)
  • Excellent time management skills/ability to prioritise conflicting deadlines
  • Experience of managing own matters
  • Ability to work well in a team
About us

CMS is an international organisation with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world's 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 39 countries from 70 office worldwide.

On 1 May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang came together to create a new future-facing firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status ('Protected Characteristics').

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online or contact Phoebe Napier, Recruitment Advisor, for more information.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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