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Paralegal to James Arney QC

Self-employed role: up to about 40 hours per week

Central London based

I am a busy silk at Temple Garden Chambers. My practice is almost exclusively personal injury, well balanced between Claimant and Defendant instructions.

I am looking for a paralegal to assist me in my practice, having successfully operated with paralegal assistance for the last 9 years.

The role is ideally offered on a full-time basis but with flexible hours (I work both early and late, but can accommodate someone with either preference), although substantial part-time applicants may be considered. Previous personal injury and/or civil law experience is desirable but not a prerequisite. I will consider applicants demonstrating relevant skills and an appetite to learn quickly. The most recent occupier of this role was a recent BPTC graduate.

The role will suit someone with an aspiration to a career at the Bar, who would value the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of life in Chambers, whilst being involved in a busy personal injury practice. Previous occupiers of this role have secured pupillage after working with me. There should also be opportunities to do work for other members of Chambers on occasion.

Responsibilities will include the following:-

  • Research for, and preparation of advices, pleadings, schedules and quantum analysis.
  • Preparing pre- and post-conference attendance notes/agendas.
  • Attending conferences, negotiations and trials, including some rail travel. Attendances will be a mixture of in person and remote.
  • Researching and analysing recent authorities and areas of law relevant to ongoing cases and preparing notes on the same.
  • Preparing summary notes on new papers.
  • Writing articles and preparing seminar notes.
  • Perusing medical, DWP, employment and other source records to identify and catalogue relevant entries.
  • Proof-reading and typesetting documents.
  • Maintaining files on relevant case law and journal articles.
  • Updating website entry and other marketing material.
  • Responding to solicitor enquiries in respect of ongoing cases and/or separate queries.
  • Some administrative tasks.
  • Attending some seminars and marketing/social events.

The successful candidate should have the following skills/attributes:-

  • Excellent research skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong numeracy skills.
  • Self-motivation and initiative, with the ability to work quickly and effectively.
  • Good interpersonal skills, with both the confidence and judgment to use them appropriately.
  • Ability to absorb and quickly analyse detailed and complex documents.
  • A fluent but concise writing style which is capable of adaptation to/integration with my own.
  • Well presented, with a consistently professional demeanour.
  • The confidence to stand your ground where appropriate, coupled with the ability to accept constructive criticism and a desire to improve.
  • A good understanding of the mechanics and subtleties inherent in Ogden table future loss of earnings claims.
  • The ability and desire to work hard and learn quickly whilst under pressure, commensurate with life at the modern Bar.
  • Good IT skills, including familiarity with Excel, Power Point and proficient typing.

Terms of Engagement

The position is offered on a self-employed basis, working both remotely and (under current Chambers provisions) within my room in Chambers (located on Middle Temple Lane). Furniture will be provided, but you should have your own laptop. In line with the COVID-19 situation, more scope may be given to working from home at times.

You will submit monthly invoices for work done and expenses incurred. Self-employed status will give scope for some work to be done elsewhere (particularly for other members of Chambers), subject to discussion/agreement. Flexible hours of work with regards to usual working week (up to an anticipated 40 hours per week), but there may be times when unsociable hours are required due to urgent demand or travel. Hourly/daily rate to be agreed.

Suggested start date: 1st August 2022, but with scope to accommodate holiday commitments in August 2022.

Applicant must be available for 1 week of handover training during July 2022 (date to be agreed).


Apply to James Arney QC by email, care of, sending:-

  • Your CV (no more than 2 pages);
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages), explaining how you meet the above criteria, why you want this role, and indicating any unavailability for interview on 18/6/22.

It is intended that interviews will be held via Zoom on Saturday 18th June 2022.

Successful applicants may be asked to complete a research task either before or after the interview.

Closing Date: 12pm (noon) on 3/6/22.