|Experience level:||Entry level|
|A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.|
|Our Recoveries Services Group provides a complete range of debt recovery services utilising cutting edge technology and with specialists dealing with different debt types, all operating under a centralised management structure allowing us to deliver consistently excellent service. Our structure ensures we can provide a full range of volume recoveries and litigation options, whilst ensuring that we have the expertise and experience to deal with complex and technical issues arising from volume recoveries.
Our Unsecured Litigation Team act for a number of banks, building societies, other consumer finance lenders and debt purchasers, dealing with unsecured lending products including loans, credit cards, overdrafts and guarantees, together with advising on unenforceability and PPI mis-selling claims. We also have the expertise and experience to deal with disputed and complex claims, with our defended teams sitting alongside our recoveries teams and able to provide immediate advice, often preventing the escalation of a matter to a full blown defence. Our team is based at the Lakes and consists of a pre-issue and negotiation team, 3 undefended litigation teams and a team dealing with defended and non standard matters. These teams are supported by a customer care team (managing receipt of 1000s of payments per month), an administration team and an audit/training function providing our first line of defence for compliance/regulatory purposes.
|The successful candidate will work with a prestigious team that achieved Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500, with clients consistently praising the team’s ‘top service levels’.
Your role will act on behalf of leading financial services organisations, providing a quality and comprehensive recoveries service with a client and customer service focus. You will undergo full training to deal with financial services litigation cases and utilise commercial strategies to reach a conclusion. Following your training and development, you will be given the opportunity to be accountable for your own caseload.
|As a Junior Paralegal, you will control and manage your workload effectively and efficiently using the relevant case management systems and other processes, ensuring information is kept accurate and up-to-date. Furthermore, you’ll be accountable for your workload ensuring targets, KPIs and internal and client SLAs are met.
Throughout your initial few months, you will attend training sessions to develop your knowledge of the litigation and debt recovery process that impact the team’s delivery of its service, which will better equip you to identify any potential issues within cases and refer these on accordingly. In addition, you will attend both internal and external meetings to assist in implementing changes to any relevant procedures.
|Skills and qualifications|
|The ideal candidate will have a track record in a customer service positions. Moreover, you would have preferably worked in an office environment dealing with a high volume of work and have excellent mediation and negotiation skills. You would ideally have had experience working in a law firm, financial services or professional services organisation. Previous litigation experience would be beneficial, but not essential as training will be provided.
Essential knowledge & competencies:
Desirable knowledge and competencies:
You may also have experience in the following: Litigation Paralegal, Negotiation, Collections Advisor, Debt Recovery, Recoveries Services, Customer Service, Negotiator, and Conflict Resolution.
Shoosmiths has an outstanding benefits package; we believe that all staff should be rewarded for their commitment to the continued success of the firm. These can include:
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 employment references covering the last 5 years, proof of ID, proof of address covering the last 5 years, Personnel Vetting credit search (which will only highlight insolvency or County Court Judgments – should any adverse data show on the Personnel Vetting search then any offer of employment made will be withdrawn).
A DBS check (previously known as a Criminal Records check) and check of social media will also be carried out.
|Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.|