Disrepair Litigation Paralegal - Flexible Working Available
L&Q is looking for a disrepair litigation paralegal to provide high-quality, customer-focussed legal support to our disrepair team. The successful candidate must have demonstrable housing disrepair litigation experience and will be required to manage a disrepair case load under supervision.
Day to day work will include defending disrepair claims and counterclaims, including Environmental Health Act 1990 prosecutions and specific performance injunctions; applying for access injunctions; negotiating settlement of claims within Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Conditions Claims (England) - Civil Procedure Rules and assisting and advising on all other disrepair claims including claims brought under Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018; Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and Defective Premises Act 1972 Section 4; drafting advice on quantum; pleadings; Part 36 Offers and Tomlin Orders.
You will also be expected to undertake a range of legal duties including attending court to issue proceedings, routine advocacy; preparing and reviewing disclosure of documents; advising on quantum; legal research; updating electronic case files, diarising key dates, photocopying and scanning documents.
The successful candidate must have previous experience of defending disrepair claims either working in private practice or in an in-house legal role.
This is a great opportunity to join the busy and growing in-house legal team at L&Q at an exciting time and will provide the opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive environment.
The successful candidate will have:
· A law degree and paralegal experience or CILEx qualified.
· Previous experience of managing a disrepair case load and will be able to demonstrate experience gained in a fast-paced legal environment.
· Good communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team and also with stakeholders.
· Strong IT technical skills, including MS Office suite and Excel.
· Able to work to deadlines and, with supervision, in accordance with relevant legislation.
· Experience in housing disrepair litigation work.
· Ability to demonstrate attention to detail and ensure work is carried out to the highest standard in the most efficient way.
COVID 19: The safety of our staff and our candidates is of the utmost importance. Every effort will be taken to ensure that safe ways of working are adopted throughout the Recruitment and Selection process. We are introducing extra precautions in line with UK Government Guidelines. Our recruitment processes will follow social distancing and COVID-19 Safe requirements. This will include the use of various technologies to support the interview process. Should candidates have any questions regarding this, or if you require additional support please let us know at the interview planning stage.
At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them. This is why we are committed to developing our people. It's only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.
In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits including 26 days holiday rising to 31 days with length of service, annual bonus subject to group performance, excellent Pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and non-contributory life assurance.
We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life. Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing. In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours - if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.
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