Hill Dickinson LLP is a leading and award-winning international commercial law firm with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco and Hong Kong. With more than 840 people including 175 partners and legal directors, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory and transactional work, to all forms of commercial litigation.

Hill Dickinson acts as a trusted adviser to a wide portfolio of clients across a wide range of specialist sectors: from transport and logistics and international trade, through to retail, insurance, marine, health, education, manufacturing, public sector and banking and financial services.

Job Role  Paralegal

Hours 37.5 hours a week, 9am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday

As the winner of Working Families’ ‘Best UK employer for Flexible Working Award 2020’, we are happy to consider flexible working opportunities to help you balance your work and home life.

Department  Health Litigation

Location  Manchester

Benefits

At Hill Dickinson we understand that incentives go far beyond a good salary, so we have created a comprehensive benefits package tailored around our people.

 Here are some examples of what we offer:

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Birthday privilege day and Christmas shutdown
  • Holiday buy, sell and carryover scheme
  • 2 charity volunteering or pro bono days
  • Flexible, agile and home working
  • BUPA
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Flexible pension scheme
  • Medicash
  • Enhanced family leave policies
  • Life assurance
  • Annual travel season ticket loan
  • Dress for your day policy
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Financial contribution towards home working equipment
  • Role overview

    Introduction to the role:

    The role holder may assist with expert instruction claims and will also assist other fee earners within the team with their caseloads, with a view to potentially take on their own litigated claims once familiar with the client’s requirements.

    The role will involve a long term secondment to a client NHS Trust in the Manchester area. This will involve acting as the Trust’s claims assistant, reporting and considering claims received and dealing generally with the Trust’s clinical negligence and EL/PL claims in conjunction with NHS Resolution and Hill Dickinson.

    The secondee will receive monthly visits from a member of the HD team for supervision and will attend Manchester HD office on a regular basis for training and supervision. The HD team will also support the secondee in answering queries and identifying if formal legal advice/support is required.

    Introduction to the team:

    This role provides the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing teams in Hill Dickinson. The Health Litigation team have been growing year-on-year with a team of over 100 lawyers and national coverage, we are one of the leading firms providing legal advice and support to the NHS and independent healthcare organisations.

    Our Health team can genuinely say it is award winning, we have previously been named as Legal Services Provider of the Year by the Health Service Journal. We were also shortlisted in the HealthInvestor Awards 2020.

    This is an exciting time to join the Manchester Health Litigation team and work on Secondments with NHSR clients in the Manchester area.

    Key responsibilities:

  • A long term secondment as described above
  • Considering liability and quantum issues
  • Drafting witness statement
  • Drafting internal reports
  • Considering pleadings including Defences and Counter Schedules, arranging signature
  • Assessing quantum
  • Considering whether to settle claims in conjunction with the advice of ourselves/ the NHSLA / reporting to the Trust’s legal services manager on these points
  • What we are looking for

    Essential:

  • Prior experience in clinical negligence and EL PL claims
  • The ability to work independently in addition to as part of a team
  • Undertake client secondments in the greater Manchester area
  • Ability to deliver technically accurate and appropriate advice to clients
  • Ability to work to deadlines, meet financial targets and run an effective diary system
  • Adheres to guidelines and procedures
  • Demonstrates understanding of client needs/expectations
  • Ability to interact and communicate with client and keep them up-to-date
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Shows commercial awareness in understanding of the market and sector
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Hill Dickinson is committed to providing fairness and equal opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, nationality, religion or belief.

    We understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people and that it is only by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work that we can truly benefit from their rich and varied strengths.

    Hill Dickinson is an equal opportunities employer. All applications received by the firm will be considered based on their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background. 

    Disability Support

    We are a Disability Confident employer, which means that we will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the HR team at [email protected] should you require any adjustments to the application or interview process.

    Values

    Trust – Respect – Innovation – Collaboration

    All successful candidates will be subject to our standard pre-employment screening, including a basic criminal record check via Disclosure and Barring Service. Any offer of employment made is conditional upon completion of all checks. 

    Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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