Legal Assistant
Chess Limited
Alderley Edge
3d ago

Chess are currently recruiting of an experience Legal Assistant and / or Paralegal to join its Legal Department based in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Reporting to the Head of Legal you will be taking responsibility for a caseload of Small and Fast Track Claims which are at various stages of the litigation and enforcement process.

The Legal Department assists the business in respect of its legal needs which are varied and extensive. The team is central to the business and advise at every level from the Board to members of Chess’ customer facing teams.

The Legal Department is the back stop of the business in terms of recovering monies, but they can be involved at all stages to avoid disputes arising and to facilitate early dispute resolution.

It also provides assistance on commercial and acquisition matters.

In Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, for 10 years

Chess are one of the UK’s leading Voice, Connect, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Digital solution providers, helping over 30,000 businesses grow through innovative technology and expert advice.

Not only do we pride ourselves on our award-winning service, we are also extremely proud to have been placed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For’ for 10 consecutive years.

a GREAT place to work, a GREAT place to be a customer Duties to include but not restricted to :

  • Proactively managing a caseload of debt recovery matters
  • Negotiate settlements through the use of ADR, including but not limited, using the Small Claims Mediation Service
  • Attending Final Hearings as a witness or as a legal representative on behalf of Chess
  • Liaising with Courts / Barristers / Chess panel Solicitors
  • Liaising with and instructing High Court Enforcement Officers and Bailiffs to enforce judgments as well as applying for Third Party Debt Orders where appropriate
  • Resolving CISAS complaints and where necessary defend claims brought against Chess
  • Completing weekly and monthly reports regarding your caseload
  • Assisting with legal precedent management and improving internal processes and procedures
  • Working with other areas of the business to ensure non-recurrence of issues that lead to Legal Team involvement
  • Managing and updating the legal ledger and other financial reports
  • Skills & Qualities you will need to demonstrate :

  • Experience of debt recovery work
  • A good understanding of the CPR
  • Basic contract law knowledge
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both customers and business stakeholders
  • Ability to work under own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Time Management skills
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Preferred Skills :

  • Knowledge and experience of dealing with OFCOM General Conditions
  • In-depth knowledge of contract law and experience of dealing with common contractual issues in contested litigation
  • Industry experience
  • Proficiency in SAGE 200
  • Package Details :

    Basic salary : Up to £24,000 depending on experience

    Benefits include : Pension, Health Care, Life Assurance and Loyalty Scheme, Company Online Benefits where you can save money on almost all of your lifestyle expenses from buying a car to eating out in a restaurant.

    In addition, we offer free food each day for breakfast club (and lunch at certain sites) and we have wellbeing social clubs with the options to do things such as Yoga, Running, walking.

    Hours : 37½ hours per week Monday to Friday, normal office hours apply.

    Holiday Allowance : 20 days paid holiday p.a. increased upon anniversaries, ultimately to 24 days p.a., plus public holidays

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