DPG is a legal aid firm known for high profile civil liberties and human rights litigation. We do cases that we think matter and which make a difference either to groups or individuals. We have a friendly team of staff committed to the work we do and to making the firm a great place to work.
Our aim is to create a financially sustainable firm that enables us to use the law to empower our clients to hold the state and those with power to account for its actions and inactions, to fight for human rights, to challenge discrimination and environmental abuses. We aim to do this by working together as a team in accordance with our values which are central to the work we do.
Our values are:
- Fairness and openness
- Integrity and honesty
- Promoting equal opportunity and empowering each other to fulfil their potential
and by having these values, creating a firm that survives and thrives.
The successful candidate will work on secondment at Inclusion London, a leading London-wide Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation, which works to promote equality for London’s Deaf and Disabled people and provides capacity-building support for over seventy Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) in London.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a unique opportunity for a disabled person to train at a highly regarded civil rights and judicial review firm whilst at the same time working with the leading DDPO, Inclusion London, on secondment during their training.
To provide casework and administrative support to Fee Earning members of staff
Duties and Responsibilities
To the extent commensurate with experience and to the extent directed by the Fee Earner to conduct casework within the firm’s selected areas of legal practice and to support the casework done by the Fee Earner, in particular:
- to assist in the preparation of bundles and the collation of documents
- to conduct legal research
- to arrange and conduct meetings with clients, sometimes including travel to meet with clients at locations outside of the office
- to draft letters, witness statements, chronologies, applications and other documents
- to attend court to issue proceedings and applications and to clerk on counsel
- to take new client calls and provide summaries for fee earners
- to conduct casework in compliance with the Legal Aid Agency requirements
- to ensure that casework is profitable and that steps are taken to maximise profitability
- to instruct and manage the work of counsel, experts and agents within the firm’s written procedures.
- to complete public funding forms and conditional fee agreements
- to assist with the prompt billing and costing of files
- to identify and exploit opportunities to expand and develop the firm’s casework
- to record time spent on casework
- to take responsibility for filing and scanning incoming and outgoing post
- to keep the firm’s diaries and other central records up to date
- to ensure that all paper files and electronic files are up to date
- to work with other staff to ensure that the office and the casework is run smoothly and efficiently, covering the work of others where required
- to liaise with the London office where necessary
- to work with other staff to ensure that the incoming and outgoing post and DX systems function efficiently
- Secondment to Inclusion London
- to undertake work on secondment at Inclusion London for one day per week in the second six months of the period of recognised training and for between two and three days per week in the second year of training
- to participate in the development and delivery of legal resources and training for Inclusion London’s member organisations,
- to develop and participate in a legal advice project run jointly by DPG and Inclusion London as part of the JFF scheme
- and/or to provide support and input into the meetings of the DDPOs Legal Network
- compliance with the firm’s equal opportunities policy
- to attend staff meetings and external meetings and seminars when necessary
- to deal appropriately with the money of the firm, its clients and the Legal Aid Fund
- to maintain proper accounting records
- to comply with the policies set out in the Office Manual
Standard of Performance
- you are expected to learn the firm’s procedures and perform them competently and reliably
- you are expected to deal with all callers in person and by phone politely, tactfully and efficiently
- you are expected to ensure you communicate with Disabled people in accessible ways
- you are expected to pass messages on promptly and to consult with one or other of the partners if an urgent message is not going to be acted upon
- you are expected to assist in ensuring that the firm runs smoothly and that a service of a high standard is provided to clients and all with whom the firm has contact
To whom responsible
You will be responsible to the Staff Partner, Polly Glynn.