Paralegal – Legal Services

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Paralegal – Legal Services
Contract / Temporary

Devon and Cornwall BL TCL 359784

Posted: 7th September 2023 09:44
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  • Pay Rate:

    £16.80 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Temporary Paralegal - Legal Services 

Reference no: Devon and Cornwall BL TCL 359784   

Pay Rate: £16.80 per hour PAYE   

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours 

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months  

City: EXETER   


Hybrid working 

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NB: Police Vacancy - only for candidates with a minimum of 5 years continuous UK address history. Please note that this vacancy is subject to a strict security vetting procedure. 

The principal responsibility of the Paralegal is to investigate and handle a caseload of files against, and on behalf of, the Chief Constables and Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners of both Forces, and to provide general advice as required by the organisations. Paralegals report to Legal Advisors within the Legal Services Department between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. The role holders support Legal Advisors and Senior Legal Advisors in other contentious matters 

Key responsibilities: 


  • Liaise with, advise and influence the decision making of staff at all levels of the Forces and OPCC, including the Chief Constable, members of the Executive, Police and Crime Commissioner and the Head of Alliance Audit, Insurance and Strategic Risk Management.   
  • Research and prepare legally sound advice on a wide range of different legal issues, as required by the organisation and within stipulated timeframes, including as part of the ‘duty advice scheme’ and within ongoing policing operations, overseen by a Legal Advisor  
  • Draft legally sound documentation, including court applications, written advice memos on a range of legal subjects and designated authorities, overseen by a Legal Advisor.  
  • Assist Legal Advisors and Senior Legal Advisors in handling legal proceedings in Courts and Tribunals. This includes investigating claims, collating documents, conducting research, instructing Counsel, taking statements, assisting with the preparation of Court papers including compiling bundles, analysing legal costs, drafting points of dispute and pursuing debt recovery.   
  • Make non-contentious applications at a range of different courts and attend court on straight forward matters, including the Magistrates’ Courts, County Courts and Coroner’s Courts.  
  • Research and interrogate Force systems such as Centurion, Niche and Unifi to ascertain information and collate evidence.   
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of training on relevant legal issues within the Forces.    
  • Consider appropriate safeguarding referrals in respect of individuals which the role holder comes into contact with.   
  • Negotiate and formalise terms of settlement in contentious matters/pre-action civil matters.  
  • Redact sensitive information from bundles and disclosure 

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

NPPV3 Clearance 


  • Experience and knowledge of relevant legal principles, legislation, case law, and legal systems.  
  • Experience and knowledge of litigation and contested matters generally 


Skills & Abilities: 

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to liaise and influence at all levels, internal and external.  
  • Research and investigative skills with high attention to detail.  
  • Ability to think critically and adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Demonstrable ability to handle a large and diverse workload.  
  • Demonstrable ability to prioritise workload in terms of urgency and importance.   
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively as part of a team 
  • IT literate with the ability to navigate specialist databases and systems 



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Paralegal – Legal Services
Client Category: Police Force

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