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Job Title: Paralegal
Paralegal Job Purpose:
Supports attorneys, barristers, and solicitors in handling cases and preparing for hearings, trials, and meetings. Performs administrative and clerical tasks as well as legal research. Maintains case files and drafts legal documents. Often specialises in one area of the law, such as small claims or road traffic accidents (RTA), if working for larger firms.
Paralegal Job Duties:
- Performs research on applicable regulations, laws, and legal scholarship
- Discovers facts of case
- Collects and organises evidence and other important papers for lawyers to review
- Keeps client files organised and up to date in paper and/or electronic format
- Drafts formal legal documents, such as contracts and pleadings, as well as correspondence with clients and other parties
- Prepares reports for lawyers in anticipation of trial
- Gathers formal statements from parties and witnesses for use in court
- Assists during trial by taking notes, preparing exhibits, and reading court transcripts
- Files documents, such as briefs and appeals, with court and other parties
- Arranges meetings and depositions with clients, witnesses, and other lawyers
- Contacts clients to investigate the case and keep them apprised of the case’s status
- Attends to basic clerical tasks, such as photocopying, making and receiving phone calls, and fielding correspondence
Paralegal Job Skills and Qualifications:
Excellent Verbal and Written Communication Skills, Comfortable Handling Large Work Load under Time Constraints, Sound Knowledge of Law and Legal System, Strong Organisational skills, Familiar with Electronic Document Management and Filing Systems, Superior Research Skills, Interpersonal Skills, High Level of Discretion with Confidential Matters, Detail-Oriented, Computer Skills, Ability to Prioritise, Works Well with Different Personality Types
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