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Job Title Clinical Negligence Paralegal
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

Job Title: Clinical Negligence Paralegal

Location: Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

Join a team that makes real changes

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services, complementing the firm's market leadership within health & social care, local government and housing.

We currently employ over 500 people, including over 80 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has recently either won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.

We are driven by our 4 values: Relationships, Results, Reputation and Responsible. These give us a sense of purpose and ensure we always work collaboratively with clients and colleagues, continually improve, make the right choices and act with integrity.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from specialists

Our Clinical Risk team operates across all four offices, offering advice and assistance to health and social care organisations across a broad range of issues including clinical negligence and human rights claims, inquests, Court of Protection and public law matters.

We are one of ten firms that act for NHS Resolution, putting us at the heart of claims and complaints brought against the NHS. Our clinical negligence team is highly regarded for its work acting on behalf of NHSR, NHS Trusts and primary care organisations in the defence of clinical negligence cases. In addition, we undertake healthcare and clinical negligence work for a range of private insurers.

About the role

An opportunity has arisen for a paralegal to join our Clinical Negligence team. The role will involve providing efficient and pro-active paralegal support to a team of busy lawyers.

Key responsibilities:

  • Day to day running of pre-action claims against primary care practitioners and Trusts, under supervision;
  • Proactively managing deadlines to ensure compliance.
  • Preparing letters of instruction to experts and analysing expert evidence;
  • Drafting letters of advice to clients and Letters of Response;
  • Assisting senior team members with litigated clinical negligence cases;
  • Conducting legal research;
  • Support in managing documents, service and court bundles;
  • Organising, collating and summarising mass disclosure (including medical records);
  • Attending hearings and meetings to take notes;
  • Undertaking an important client-relationship support role including direct contact with clients.

What we are looking for from you

We are looking for a highly organised individual with excellent time management skills and the ability to assimilate information quickly and present it succinctly. A collegiate approach to team working and the ability to build and maintain successful relationships will be essential for this role. You will have a pragmatic, common sense approach to tasks, and the confidence to think independently when necessary. Good IT skills will also be required. You will need to adopt a practical and commercial approach and be an organised, lateral thinker with an eye for detail. Previous defendant clinical negligence experience is desirable but not essential.

Work-life Balance

We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which includes 25 days holiday (plus the option to buy up to an additional 5 days), a generous pension scheme and private medical insurance through Vitality (including "phone a GP service", discounted gym membership and 'Vitality' Partner discounts).

All of our people are entitled to a biannual private health assessment through Nuffield Health and are included in the group life assurance scheme. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme (free telephone support and counselling service) and a cycle scheme (Save Tax & NI on a bike for cycling to work).

Where possible, we want to offer all Bevan Brittan people flexibility to work their week in a way that suits them - we operate a hybrid working model based on the needs of our clients, teams and that of the individual. Our core business hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to individuals working more flexibly around those times and would welcome a conversation with you if you have any questions.

Responsible Business

To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of Bevan Brittan's identity, running through our culture and embodied by the clients we serve.

Bevan Brittan seeks to play an active role within its local office communities. Through regular fundraising events, support for local initiatives and annual charity donations at Christmas, we have established a culture of giving within the firm.

Our current selected charities in Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds are InUnity, Great Western Air Ambulance and Maggie's Cancer Care.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through actions rather than words; colleagues from across the firm are already heavily involved, living and breathing the four pillars of our Responsible Business strategy:

  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing

Collectively, these four pillars ensure we look after our colleagues' wellbeing; offer an environment in which all can progress on merit, regardless of personal circumstances or background; give something back to the communities in which we work; and protect the environment.

Each lawyer also has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol), Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham), Yorkshire Cat Rescue (Leeds), Great Western Credit Union (London), and several others.