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Paralegal - Employment Law

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    Dundonald, County Down

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    Up to £10.7 per hour

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    [email protected]

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  • Published:

    15 days ago

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Job Description


Education Authority Solicitors
Human Resources and Legal Services Directorate


  • To act as Paralegal to Employment Law Solicitors within EA Solicitors
  • To assist with the investigation and defence of informal and formal complaints / Industrial Tribunal / legal proceedings against the Education Authority
  • To undertake such other duties relevant to the Education Authority Solicitors ("EA Solicitors") as may be reasonably required from time to time.


1. To act as Paralegal to the Solicitor

  • To provide paralegal support to the Solicitor, always ensure strictest confidentiality and diplomacy, make and take calls on behalf of the Solicitor, and maintain a personal and office diary, ensuring compatibility.
  • Arrange meetings, consultations, Tribunal hearings, Court appearances and talks/conferences. Arrange alternative cover in Solicitor's absence.
  • Check and prioritise mail. Arrange conferences and make appropriate travel arrangements.
  • Co-ordinate and administer work of Solicitor in their absence, regarding employment law matters.
  • Ensure the timely provision of advice and information to internal and external clients, regarding meeting strict deadlines.
  • To draft and prepare routine correspondence and reports, collate information and prepare and update statistical information.

2. Investigation and Defence of Formal and Informal Complaints / Legal Proceedings against EA /Schools

  • To assist the Solicitor or any other solicitor within EA Solicitors in the investigation and defence of formal and informal complaints /Tribunal proceedings referred from EA Directorates /Schools.
  • To adhere to strict deadlines to ensure statutory time limits are met.
  • To assist in the process of appeals against Tribunal / Court decisions.
  • To assist in the collation and indexing of discoverable documentation, Court / Tribunal bundles etc.
  • Assist with the drafting and response of IT3 responses, Notices of Appearances, Notices for Additional Information, Notices for Discovery etc.
  • To maintain effective communication and co-operations with relevant persons including EA Officers, Boards of Governors, Counsel, Witnesses and outside Agencies to ensure quality service delivered.
  • To assist with preparation and collation of Counsel's papers and arrange for delivery of same.
  • To prepare documentation for hearings and apply for Witness Summons.
  • To attend consultations and hearings (as required) in order to provide verbatim report on proceedings.
  • To administer payment of Counsel's fees.

Essential Criteria

1a) Hold a bachelor's degree in law (UK Qualification and Credit Framework Level 6) or an equivalent or higher qualification) - 2.1 LEVEL OR ABOVE.


1b) Have a minimum of five year's experience in a paid capacity providing administrative support which must include the following:
a) Using Microsoft Word (to process letters, memos, reports etc.);
b) Using Microsoft Outlook (to send/receive e-mails;
c) Drafting correspondence;
d) Diary management; and
e) Maintaining records.


  • Knowledge of legal work with reference to Employment Law matters and the importance of confidentiality

Skills / Abilities

  • Excellent ICT skills
  • Good organisational skills and ability to organise / prioritise a busy workload to deliver effective results within strict deadline
  • Flexible, adaptable and enthusiastic approach to work
  • Ability to use own initiative to solve problems and respond to others
  • Ability to work to a high level of accuracy and attention to details
  • Ability to research, digest, analyse and present information clearly
  • Ability to take a responsive and customer focused approach to work.


  • Full training and induction
  • Contribute positively to Education Authority NI`s value
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Brook Street (UK) Ltd back-office support and mentoring

The rate of pay is £10.70 per hour, the hours of work are 0900-1700 Monday to Friday.

If you would like to apply for this role, please call Melissa at Brook Street (UK) Ltd on
028 90 881100 for a confidential chat or email your CV via the `Apply` link.


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