MOJ Fee Earner

Keoghs Solicitors
11 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Fee Earner (Paralegal) - Bolton - Perm

Keoghs is one of the leading providers of claims-related services to insurers, businesses and other suppliers to the insurance sector. We combine proven processes, technology and a low cost infrastructure with deep legal and insurance market knowledge. This enables us to create individual solutions for each of our clients that match their requirements in terms of quality, performance and value for money.

The Fee Earner will handle their own case load of around 150/160 MOJ stage 3 and Part 8 Infant Approval files. They will perform specific delegated tasks within a supervised environment to pursue settlement of a file as soon as practically possible, ensuring client Guidelines are adhered to.

Key Accountabilties

• The FE will take on a wide range of delegated tasks over time
• The FE will be set a settlement and billing target per month, which the FE will be expected to achieve. These targets will go towards the teams overall monthly target and the business units targets
• Whilst working within a supervised environment, the FE will be responsible for organising and prioritising their own work load on a daily basis, ensuring that a satisfactory level of quality and performance is achieved to ensure effective client service

• The responsibilities of the FE will vary depending upon their stage of development, however, it is anticipated that the FE will work to develop skills and gain an in-depth understanding in:

Technical Skills
- Reviewing new files, notating in accordance with ISO & client guidelines
- Investigation and fact finding research, to ensure all relevant information has been found from insurer clients, insured parties, claimant solicitors and any other third parties
- Negotiating costs, developing an understanding of the predictive costs and fixed MOJ costs regime
- Requesting payments from insurer Clients and ensuring payments are raised/paid in accordance with Court Orders.
- Developing sound settlement tactics
- Working with action lists in Visual Files
- Develop confident communication skills to liaise with all parties relating to a claim where necessary

Procedural Skills
- Pre-action protocols
- Understanding of the Civil Procedural Rules
- Understanding the MOJ and Infant Approval process
- Adapting to client protocols and adopting a client focussed approach
- Ensuring processes happen on time and chasing documents as and when required, from insurer clients, insured parties, claimant solicitors, the courts and any other third parties
- Court telephone hearings
- Capturing MI in a timely and prompt manner
- Working within internal benchmarks to ensure quality of work.
- Bills processing

Drafting Skills
- Client reporting requirements
- Court documentation
- Instructions to Counsel
- Part 37 Payments Into Court
- To ensure compliance with the SRA Code of Conduct 2011

Essential Skill & Attributes

• Established interest in law either through further education or experience within a process driven legal environment
• Ability to plan and prioritise workloads
• Efficient in a process driven environment
• Drive to achieve to take development opportunities when they arise with a positive attitude
• Calm under pressure with the ability to re-prioritise and delegate effectively when required
• Confident with ability to take initiative to innovate and adapt to changing situations
• Good team worker with the flexibility to do what is required to get a result and ensure client service levels are met
• Good understanding of VF and associated IT packages
• Work effectively within the Keoghs Shared Behaviour framework
• Confidence to seek advice and guidance when dealing with new tasks
• Excellent listening and verbal communication skills
• Ability to follow instruction with attention to detail
• Ability to recognise when sensitivity and tact are required

What You Can Expect From Us

•A learning culture with employee development at the heart of the people development pathway
•Excellent flexible benefits including Annual leave entitlement and Healthcare Cash Plan as standard
Standard 35 hour week plus the option to work from home
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for interest in this position and in our organisation

Strictly no agencies please