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Recruitment

Current vacancies

We are currently recruiting for two positions.

Office Administrator/Receptionist – for more details please click here

Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor

The recruitment process for our next paralegal appointment is open NOW.

We are looking for a paralegal to assist in our busy housing, public law and/or family teams.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in and enthusiasm for public law and housing work and/or family law work. We provide a collaborative workplace where you will be well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers and have the opportunity to work on a variety of different cases.

The work carried out by the family law team includes privately funded financial remedy proceedings, contact and residence disputes, care proceedings, and international child abduction in the High Court. Paralegals work in both our public law and private law teams and on legally aided and privately funded cases.

Paralegals in the family law team also play a key role in running our busy domestic violence injunction service. As well as working with a number of local and national referral agencies we provide a fortnightly drop in session at a local dedicated domestic violence service.

Paralegals in our housing and public law team have an important role in supporting solicitors in a varied and interesting range of work: from high profile strategic litigation to complicated land law disputes; from assisting with the County Court duty possession scheme to preparing cases for the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

You will be expected to work hard, be flexible, produce excellent written work and establish relationships with a range of clients, from privately paying clients to vulnerable homeless people. We expect applicants to have a law degree or to have completed the CPE/GDL. Previous relevant experience is desirable but not essential.

The appointment will be for a fixed term of one year. For candidates who have completed the Legal Practice Course, this will be with a view to a training contract commencing after a year if performance meets expectations.

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 16th June 2017

Please note that we will be holding interviews for shortlisted applicants on Thursday 6th July 2017.

To apply, download our application pack here and the application form as a PDF or Word document.

We will not consider applications other than those sent in accordance with the instructions in the application pack.

 

Paralegals and trainee solicitors at Hopkin Murray Beskine


Our solicitors rely on the support of our paralegals, many of whom go on to complete training contracts with the firm. We provide a collaborative workplace where paralegals are well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers in our specialist family, public law and housing teams. Paralegals and trainee solicitors will have experience of a wide range of cases, including within our thriving legal aid practice.

Some recent comments from our trainee solicitors and paralegals:-

 

"Since coming to HMB in 2015 I have been able to develop my interest in family law. I have had the opportunity to work on a range of cases, from care proceedings to private ancillary relief and from domestic violence injunctions to international child abduction work. I have been able to provide advice at Hearthstone, a domestic violence and support centre, and to conduct advocacy on my own cases. I think that any lawyer starting out in their career would enjoy the variety of work and the collaborative environment at HMB. I am very pleased that I will be starting my training contract here soon and I look forward to also working in our other specialist areas of housing and public law.” (Avneet Panesar, trainee solicitor, 2016)

 

"Since starting at HMB in August 2016 in the housing and public law department I have assisted on a variety of cases including possession, disrepair, homelessness and judicial review.  I was immediately made to feel a part of the team, and the high level of responsibility I was given from the outset means I have learnt a huge amount very quickly. The collaborative environment here at HMB is very enjoyable, and the work is really interesting but also of great importance to our clients, who are often vulnerable people in difficult situations. I have loved my first few months here and very much look forward to taking on my own case load and developing my legal knowledge as I progress. I am now looking forward to starting my training contract ” (Rosie Gibbs, paralegal, 2017)

 

"Since joining HMB in January 2017 I have worked with the housing, family and public law teams. I have been able to work on a variety of very interesting cases, including complex care cases and international abductions as well as on a case challenging the Government’s benefit cap policy. I have also been able to volunteer on a regular basis with a domestic violence support and advice centre. As an aspiring barrister due to start pupillage shortly, I have found working with HMB hugely beneficial. I was given a lot of responsibility straight away and was able to meet with clients, draft legal documents and attend court from my first week here. I’ve therefore been able to greatly progress my legal knowledge and skills and have been able to do so in a very friendly and supportive environment." (Liz Andrews, paralegal, 2017)

 

 

 

 



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