Court of Protection Paralegal

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Court of Protection
Location: Basingstoke
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

The COP Team have established a significant reputation for advising and assisting individuals, their families, carers, trustees, beneficiaries and other professionals on a broad range of issues arising from catastrophic personal injury, including serious brain injury with high value compensation awards.  The team supports litigation lawyers throughout the conduct of the claim.

We work closely with the Court of Protection, the individual and their family to establish long-term relationships and to ensure all decisions are made in their best interests. Our aim is to relieve the pressure of financial decision making from family members, enabling them to continue to make the key choices and to support their relative on a day-to-day basis.  Although our work largely focuses on financial management we also become involved with welfare matters such as care funding, welfare benefits, deprivation of liberty special education and generally issues relating to capacity.  The quality of work is both complex and rewarding undertaken within a dedicated growing team.

Summary of role

We are looking for a senior paralegal with experience in Court of Protection work to join the team and help support the COP lawyers.

Key aspects of the role:

  • Preparation of court applications

  • General management of financial deputyship

  • Preparation of deputy annual reports to the OPG

  • Preparation and monitoring of annual budgets

Essential and desirable criteria

Desirable skills and criteria:

  • Degree or CILEX qualification

  • Knowledge of OPG Deputyship standards

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • IT literate, confident user of MS office and potentially legal systems

  • Ability to manage a busy workload and to report on progress; appropriate balance between confidence in own judgement and knowing when to refer decisions

  • Ability to work either alone or collaboratively with other team members

  • Confidence in client facing meetings and communications

  • Attention to accuracy and detail

  • Collaborative team member with ability to quickly build relationships with a wide range of people

  • Receptive to facilitate and support change

  • Sound organisational skills; flexible, pragmatic and problem-solving approach

  • Comfortable working under pressure with the ability to plan and prioritise work; appreciation of fee earner needs and constraints; commercially aware