Mental Health Paralegal – Manchester

22 March 2024

ROLE: Mental Health Paralegal
LOCATION: Wythenshaw Manchester

Responsibilities of a Mental Health Paralegal:

* The role of Paralegal is offered within our Mental Health department. This is a highly specialised area of Human Rights Law that offers you the ability to research and apply your own legal knowledge, continuously learn and develop, undertake advocacy skills on a daily basis, and represent the some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
* You will be expected to handle your own case load from a relatively early stage, and as such will need to manage your own time well.
* You will be running files from start to finish, representing clients on a 1:1 basis, and travelling to your legal appointments.
* The following is included in this role:

– Opening files/matters, undertaking initial opening procedures.

– Running files from start to finish.

– Meeting with your clients on a regular basis, taking instructions, providing clear and precise legal advice.

– Advocating on your clients behalf – at professionals meetings, on the wards/at hospitals, with professionals, and during hearings.

– Representing clients at Hospital Managers Hearings or First Tier Tribunal Hearings (once you have successfully completed a law society mental health accreditation scheme).

– Going above and beyond to fulfil your clients instructions to the best of your legal ability.

– Closing physical matter/file.

Required skills:
* Ability to build and maintain rapport with clients
* Ability to present yourself in a professional manner
* Ability to work independently
* Ability to manage own case load
* Ability to undertake all office based tasks/procedures with careful attention to detail
* Ability to work with difficult/challenging clients

You will be provided with necessary training during the first few weeks of employment, and will be allocated a Mentor/Supervisor to assist you.

You must hold a UK Drivers License and Full access to a car.

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