Barrister’s Assistant – Job Description December 2012
Barrister’s Assistant wanted to assist Mark Symes, barrister in the immigration team at Garden Court Chambers.
Tasks may be similar to those carried out by paralegals and could include diverse administrative tasks, legal research, drafting documents such as chronologies and correspondence, delivering documents and administering the practicalities of liaison with lay clients.
A legal qualification
An ability quickly to speedily understand new and complex issues
Clarity of oral and written expression
Access to a computer and space to work efficiently and independently
Willingness to provide administrative support public access cases which will require some direct client contact
Entrepreneurial spirit as we will need to work together to attract public access work in the course of the year
Relevant work experience in immigration or public law would be an asset
We anticipate selecting suitable candidates via an interview and written assessment process, the latter being likely to include the drafting of legal documents such as grounds for judicial review or a skeleton argument working from a model fact pattern.
Following the recruitment exercise it is desirable that details of more assistants are kept on file in case of further recruitment needs and we would be grateful if anyone responding to this advert indicates their acquiescence to this.
Working hours are variable and flexible and will be paid at £13 per hour. The role is self employed: it is to be understood that the Assistant must take care of their own tax and national insurance obligations on this basis. Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Rachel at email@example.com by 5:30pm on 10 December 2012.