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Central Services Paralegal (would suit experienced Paralegal, or LPC qualified graduate) (This position is no longer available)

Central Services Paralegal (would suit experienced Paralegal, or LPC qualified graduate)

Salary £15,925

Permanent Full time

Location: Huddersfield

Ridley & Hall are an award-winning, Legal 500 firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, with a national profile. Passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. Caring about helping their clients to solve their legal problems. Avoiding complicated legal jargon and clear about the cost involved of any advice that is given.

The Job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic motivated and ambitious person to join this long established, forward thinking firm who offer great opportunities for progression to those who are ambitious.

The role is open to an experienced Paralegal, or LPC qualified graduate. The successful candidate will work as part of the Central Services team, handling new client enquiries via telephone, email or walk-ins. Liaising with fee earners to ensure the conversion of enquiries into cases, taking detailed initial enquiries to assist fee earners with their decision making and using a contact management system to open new matters.

Additionally there will be some requirement to handle post enquiry sales, new file opening, file closing and data management.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate interest and a desire to develop experience in general law but most specifically Family, Private Client, Childcare and Adoption, Litigation and Property.

Your responsibilities will include:

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Being the first port of call for all new enquiries including telephone, web and walk-in enquiries.
  2. Liaising with fee earners to ensure the conversion of enquiries into cases.
  3. Taking detailed initial enquiries to assist the fee earners in their decision making.
  4. Corresponding with clients
  5. Using a contact system to open new matters for fee earners.
  6. To be an ambassador to the firm at social and charity events and with the local University.
  7. Opening and closing files and drafting the necessary initial letters (you said I advised and rule 2 client care) Responding to and drafting emails Filing

The skills required

  1. Confidence in speaking to and dealing with clients (a lot of the clients can be emotional and difficult given the circumstances they are in)
  2. Using initiative
  3. Thinking creatively
  4. Productive
  5. Confidence in speaking to and dealing with queries of other solicitors/ barristers/ experts

To apply for this exciting opportunity send your CV and a covering letter to the Operations Manager Tracey Armitage. The closing date for this vacancy is 30th November 2018.

Legal Aid Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman (This position is no longer available)

Legal Aid Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman

Salary dependent on experience

Permanent Full time

Location: Huddersfield

Ridley & Hall are an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, with a national profile; Passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. Caring about helping their clients to solve their legal problems. Avoiding complicated legal jargon and clear about the cost involved of any advice that is given.

We are looking to recruit a Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman with a minimum of 3 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of legal costs billing from Legal Aid to private civil matters, including drafting CCMS claims, detailed assessment bills, High Costs Case Plans, points of dispute, and budgets and where necessary negotiating with other parties and attending upon costs assessments hearings. The candidate must also be highly proficient in the use of Costs Master.

This is a permanent contract and provides competitive salary for the right candidate based upon AAE. We are also prepared to offer a flexible working environment with a supportive and highly trained team.

The role is predominantly drafting Legal Aid bills for assessment & High Cost case plans, and supporting and advising fee earners on Legal Aid eligibility, prior authority issues, costs limits, payments on account etc. You will be expected to draft bills, negotiate, perform costs budgets and be able to demonstrate points of dispute and points of reply. There will be occasional inter partes and private client bills to attend to.

Prior knowledge in drafting bills in some of the following areas of practice will be helpful: Court of Protection, Personal Injury, and Litigation. Family/Children is essential.

Applications are invited from an ambitious Costs Lawyer/Law Costs Draftsman who will need to have a good standard of education and a professional qualification would be preferred. The successful candidate will have strong technical knowledge and experience in the full life cycle of costs. Experience in advocacy will be an advantage.

Main responsibilities

You will be required to work as part of a team handling costs for the Family/Care, Community Care, and Litigation Teams. You will undertake work for two offices within the firm and be involved in a range of issues including:

  • drafting bills of costs for detailed assessment in both legally aided and privately funded matters
  • Preparing High Costs Case Plans
  • Dealing with claims through CCMS
  • drafting Replies to Points of Dispute
  • drafting Costs Budgets and liaising with the opponent with a view to narrowing the issues or agreeing ahead of a CCMC
  • undertaking negotiations with the opponent

Skills and qualifications

You will work as part of a team and be able to work on your own initiative, whilst also supporting your team colleagues. The ability to organise your day and to prioritise work is essential whilst remaining calm and professional in your approach.

Essential Experience:

  • Costs Lawyer or Costs Draftsperson with at least 3 years’ experience
  • experience of managing a case load of files
  • good working knowledge of the CPR

Desirable Experience:

  • experience of using CostsMaster
  • experience of working to billing and time recording targets
  • experience of building relationships with internal contacts at all levels

Additional Skills and requirements for the role are:

  • IT literate with experience of using Word, Excel and the internet
  • Confident communicator and negotiator
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise, be organised and efficient
  • Flexibility with the capability to adapt to change, new practices and cope under pressure but with the ability to recognise when to seek assistance
  • Able to integrate within a team and able to work on your own initiative
  • Friendly and helpful approach
  • Quality and customer service orientated
  • Client focused with an ability to build strong relationships with clients

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. These checks will include references, proof of ID and current address.

To apply for this exciting opportunity send your CV and a covering letter to the Operations Manager Tracey Armitage.

Closing Date 31st December 2018

Experienced Residential Property Lawyer (This position is no longer available)

Experienced Residential Property Lawyer

Salary up to £40,000

Permanent

Full time

Location: Huddersfield

Award winning Legal 500 law firm with offices in Huddersfield and Leeds,

Ridley and Hall are a well-established Residential Property Team with a reputation for delivering great results. Passionate about making a difference, and achieving outstanding client care. The department’s period of continued growth is based on client and professional recommendations from across West Yorkshire and beyond.

The Job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and passionate residential property lawyer to work alongside Alison Mason, Head of Property, Adam Fletcher Director of Huddersfield office, Ashley Sowerby Solicitor and a great team of support staff. The successful candidate will have responsibility for their own workload with one of the key objectives is to contribute to the development and growth of the department.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Day to day handling of property transactions
  • Experience of running your own case load
  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients
  • Work as part of the team
  • Participation in marketing activities

 The Person

  • Good written and verbal communication to deal with a broad range of clients and the willingness to provide the highest standard of client care.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and marketing skills with the ability to develop contacts for the firm; Ideally with your own following
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet the deadlines
  • Good decision making skills
  • Self-starter and motivator
  • Attention to detail

To apply for this exciting opportunity send your CV and a covering letter to the Operations Manager Tracey Armitage.

Recruitment agency contact is not required unless an existing relationship exists. 

Experienced Residential Conveyancing Assistant (This position is no longer available)

Experienced Residential Conveyancing Assistant

Salary up to £25,000

Permanent

Full time

Location: Huddersfield

Award winning Legal 500 law firm with offices in Huddersfield and Leeds,

Ridley and Hall are a well-established Residential Property Team with a reputation for delivering great results. Passionate about making a difference, and achieving outstanding client care. The department’s period of continued growth is based on client and professional recommendations from across West Yorkshire and beyond.

The Firm:

-Well established law firm based in  Yorkshire but with a national reputation
-Committed to encouraging growth both within business and the local community
-Offices throughout in Huddersfield and Leeds winning numerous awards

The Job

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Digital dictation
  • Using the case management system – Solcase
  • Document management and creation
  • Handling client telephone calls, enquiries and requests as appropriate
  • Dealing with incoming emails and post and often corresponding as appropriate

The Person

  • Experience of working in property
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Methodical and able to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to be discrete and maintain high levels of confidentiality
  • Strong IT including good typing skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible with a can do attitude
  • Experience of working with Solcase would be an advantage

Benefits:

– Competitive salary
– Additional benefits package on offer
– Structured training programme in place to assist with career development

To apply for this exciting opportunity send your CV and a covering letter to the Operations Manager Tracey Armitage.

No agency contact required

Private Client Solicitor 2 years PQE (This position is no longer available)

Private Client Solicitor 2 years PQE

Salary dependent on experience (£25k +)

Permanent contract

Full time

Location : Huddersfield

Ridley & Hall are an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, with a national profile, with offices in both Huddersfield and Leeds. Passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. Caring about helping their clients to solve their legal problems. Avoiding complicated legal jargon and clear about the cost involved of any advice that is given.

The Job

An opportunity has arisen  for a full-time, proactive and motivated private client solicitor to join a long established, forward thinking firm. The successful candidate will have an existing workload with one of the key objectives to maintain client service and expectations to ensure a smooth handover.  Ridley & Hall’s Private Client team have been shortlisted for many awards including the 2018 STEP Private Client Awards, Private Client Team of the Year.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Day to day handling of Private Client work in accordance with quality standards.
  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients in a timely manner with clear communication.
  • Work as part of a team in dealing with new clients and proactively seeking new business
  • Participation in marketing activities to promote the department services and the firm as a whole.
  • Financial control to achieve agreed billing and time recording

The Person

  • Experience dealing with own case load
  • Good written and verbal communication to deal with a broad range of clients and the willingness to provide the highest standard of client care.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and marketing skills with the ability to develop contacts for the firm.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet the deadlines
  • Good decision making skills
  • Self-starter and motivator
  • Attention to detail
  • From 2 years PQE

Send a letter of application and a copy of your CV by post for the attention of Tracey Armitage Operations Manager Ridley & Hall Solicitors Queens House 35 Market Street Huddersfield HD1 2HL or by email.

Recruitment agency contact is not required unless an existing relationship exists.

Closing date: 26 October 2018

Family & Care Legal Secretary (This position is no longer available)

Family & Care Legal Secretary

Salary dependent on experience

Permanent

Full time

Location : Huddersfield

Ridley & Hall are an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, with a national profile. Passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. Caring about helping their clients to solve their legal problems. Avoiding complicated legal jargon and are clear about the cost involved of any advice that is given.

The Job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a family secretary in a busy department where the suitable candidate will support Solicitors with regards to Kinship and Adoption work.  The team have been shortlisted for many awards and our Senior Partner, Nigel Priestley who heads up this team, has won numerous awards.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Digital dictation
  • System use – SolCase
  • Handling client telephone calls, enquiries and requests as appropriate
  • Dealing with incoming emails and post and often corresponding as appropriate
  • Reception cover as and when required

The Person

  • Experience of working for a child care fee earner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Methodical and able to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to be discrete and maintain high levels of confidentiality
  • Strong IT including good typing skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience of working with SolCase or a similar case management system would be an advantage

Send a letter of application and a copy of your CV by post for the attention of Tracey Armitage Operations Manager Ridley & Hall Solicitors Queens House 35 Market Street Huddersfield HD1 2HL, or by email.

Recruitment agency contact is not required unless an existing relationship exists.

Closing date: 5th October 2018

Candidate Privacy Notice

Data controller: Ridley and Hall solicitors Queens House 35 Market Street Huddersfield HD1 2HL (‘the Employer’)

Data protection officer: N/A

As part of any recruitment process, the Employer collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The Employer is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.

What information does the Employer collect?

The Employer collects a range of information about you. This includes

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
  • information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
  • whether or not you have a disability for which the Employer needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process; and
  • information about your entitlement to work in the UK.

The Employer may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment.

The Employer may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers. The Employer will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).

Why does the Employer process personal data?

The Employer needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It may also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you.

In some cases, the Employer needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant’s eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.

The Employer has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the Employer to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The Employer may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

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The Employer will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment exercise for which you have applied your data will be removed from the employer’s records after six months.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

The Employer will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. The Employer will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks.

The Employer will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.

How does the Employer protect data?

The Employer takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties. Personal data stored by HR and the recruitment team is password protected and policies restrict the numbers of users who have access.

For how long does the Employer keep data?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the Employer will hold your data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of that period or once you withdraw your consent, your data is deleted or destroyed.

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require the Employer to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the Employer to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing; and
  • object to the processing of your data where the Employer is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact Practice Manager Ridley and Hall Queens House 35 market Street Huddersfield HD1 2HL.

If you believe that the Employer has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the Employer during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the Employer may not be able to process your application properly or at all.

Automated decision-making

Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.