Paralegal

Recruiter
MEARS GROUP PLC
Location
Enfield, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
02 Aug 2019
Closes
20 Aug 2019
Ref
1221166838
Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Due to a period of organic growth the Team at Mears Housing Management are looking to recruit a Paralegal, If you are looking to further your Career within an award winning business this could be the move for you.

The Paralegal will provide Legal support in order to meet the growing demands in the number of legal claims for possession issued by the legal department and to defend counterclaims issued by tenants on the basis of breach of the landlord's repairing covenants/ breach of Equality Act 2010; public law defence; breach of tenancy deposit rules Paralegals are required to develop their own caseload and assist solicitor with contested claims heading for trial. As a Paralegal you will play a key part in the future development of the legal department who support the work of Mears Housing Management. This is a Permanent position located at our site in Enfield, we are offering a Salary of £26,000.

In order to be considered we are looking to recruit a Paralegal that has completed the BVC/LPC course, with commercial experience in landlord and tenant law as a paralegal.

Key Responsibilities

Income collection
  • Advise team on law and procedure and compliance with rent arrears pre-action protocol; Advise team on CPR rules and witness statement content; Prepare and issue s8 notices and Notice to quit; Prepare and issue claims; Book counsel to attend hearings and negotiate fees; Attend to any issues before and after hearing; if defence and counterclaim is filed prepare all legal work up to and including trial
  • Update VECO with case management steps
  • Ensuring the efficient progress of general legal matters pursued by business and/or defend legal claims made by landlords/tenants
  • Liaising with clients, local authorities, counsel and other solicitors
  • Diary management - court dates, appointments , limitation dates

Handback requests
  • Pursue legal claims on behalf of the local authority; terminate agreements with local authorities and seek updates on when vacant possession shall be returned ; pursue legal claims against the local authority in the event of breach of contract
  • Keeping landlords fully informed on the status of their hand back request at reasonable and regular intervals
  • Assist solicitor with trial issues such disclosure; inspection and preparation of witness statements
  • Assist the solicitor with defended claims for possession based on Disrepair; Human rights challenges and other vulnerability issues
  • Collate paper records from APM and VECO for the purposes of legal disclosure;
  • Prepare and send documents to opponent (Inspection)
  • Review disclosure material received from opponent
  • Liaise with Portfolio manager to prepare witness statements ahead of trial
  • Prepare and index and trial bundle (x 5 copies) for use at trial
  • Discuss any outstanding matters with PM ahead of trial
  • Prepare instructions to counsel ahead of trial
  • Prepare instructions to counsel to settle claims

Post- trial
  • Prepare letters of instruction to costs draftsman to settle bill of costs prepared by opponent
  • Liaise with management over payment of damages as ordered by the court
  • Liaise with management over settlement of costs and discuss offers to settle
  • Ensuring landlords and members of staff are provided with a legal service that meets with Mears 'Red thread' theme and culture of business.

Regularly reviewing all files for which solicitor is responsible
  • Assist in preparing legal cases generally on urgent overdue legal matters , particularly nightly let schemes and gas safety injunctions

The Benefits of joining Mears Group

We offer a friendly and flexible working environment, excellent training and development opportunities and 25 days holiday entitlement along with bank holidays.

Mears offer a company pension, life insurance and share scheme along with other fun benefits!

Mears is also committed to a policy of equality and diversity, and positively welcomes applications

About Mears - Mears Housing Management is a successful business within Mears Group PLC having grown in 5 years to a nationally based management business with 12,000 homes and contracts with 50 Local Authorities and Central Government. We house many people in housing need who would otherwise be living in costly and inappropriate accommodation and as such we have a strong social pursue in everything we do. With ambitious plans to continue this rapid growth The Task Team will be vital in delivering our promises to customers and meeting our commercial targets.

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