Paralegal - Dispute Resolution - Derby


Norman House, Derby


Full time - 35 hours per week: Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Smith Partnership is a leading law firm in the East Midlands. A forward thinking and progressive company employing over 200 staff throughout 6 offices.

An opportunity has become available for a Paralegal to join our Dispute Resolution Department at our Head Office in Derby.

Purpose & Objective of Job:

To carry out Fee Earning activities in respect of EC 261/2004 flight delay claims and general dispute resolution matters. To meet performance targets as defined and to carry out other duties as determined by the Partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Running your own case load of litigated claims (predominately claims allocated to the Small Claims Track) to include drafting pleadings, complying with directions, negotiating settlement where appropriate, instructing Counsel/Agents, processing payments and invoicing.
  • Reporting on matters to the client and other stakeholders.
  • Ensuring financial targets are met within the team and on a personal level.
  • Contributing to business development activities.

You will need to have excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), time management experience, with the ability to work to tight deadlines.   A knowledge of Civil Procedure Rules and EC 261/2004 would be an advantage, although training will be provided.

Duties and Tasks:

  • To become fully trained in all aspects of EC 261/2004 flight delay claims representing the interests of airlines
  • Assist with airline passenger personal injury claims representing the interests of airlines
  • Drafting pleadings
  • Instructing Counsel/Agents
  • Taking clients instructions and thereafter advising and liaising with clients
  • Opening and closing files
  • General administration duties
  • To work and contribute as part of a team
  • Attend meetings with clients

Experience Required:

  • Small Claims Track Matters
  • Word processing/typing
  • General office procedures

Knowledge Required:

  • Civil Procedure Rules
  • EC 261/2004

Skills And Personal Attributes Required:

  • Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with a heavy workload
  • Ability to handle pressure and to work to deadlines
  • Committed to delivery excellence
  • Strong business approach
  • Professional with clients
  • Self motivated and committed
  • Treats client and colleagues with courtesy and respect

Qualifications Required:

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above
  • Law Degree

This is an excellent opportunity to join a progressive East Midlands law firm and to work as part of a challenging and friendly team.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Applications strictly via email enclosing a current CV and covering letter to (

No Agencies please.