Claims Handler – Lime Solicitors

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 29/02/2024
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Part-time
Team: Managed Legal Services - Lime + Corclaim
Location: Birmingham
The opportunity

Are you a team player with a great attitude? Do you have strong communication, organisational and customer service skills? Do you have some experience in a legal role? Or are you interested in developing a career within the legal industry and just need the chance to shine? If this sounds like you read on…

We can offer you:

  • A great mix of work with the freedom to choose when and where you work
  • A culture of trust and empowerment with responsibility and autonomy over your work and the freedom to manage when and how you do it
  • The support and encouragement of a great team behind you and friendly partners who all want to help you thrive
  • A competitive package with great benefits - check out our amazing benefits here

Your key duties will be:

  • conducting initial interviews for new consumer client enquiries; prioritising all inbound telephone calls and conduct follow up calls to maximise the level of client instructions
  • opening claims on the firm’s financial system and case management systems
  • corresponding to any new email / online enquiries within 15 minutes of receipt
  • completing initial ‘conflict of interest’ and ID checks
  • liaising with third-party suppliers, such as agents and experts providing pro bono advice
  • providing initial best costs advice to prospective clients, preparing retainer documentation and forms of authority following risk assessment and arranging cover where appropriate
  • using a case management system to process and progress queries and workflows
  • conducting ad hoc research to help understand the medical terms and procedures that may influence the risk assessment process
  • managing the rejection process for enquiries that fail fundamental risk assessment measures, such as jurisdiction, limitation etc.
  • recording and reporting on the present position for all enquiries and reasons for non-conversion
  • producing (where appropriate) file rejection correspondence, such as advice on limitation, seeking alternative legal advice, etc.
  • assisting with file closure procedures, such as archiving, collection of fees from ATE providers on failed cases etc.
  • drafting own correspondence and documents
  • sourcing witness questionnaires
  • having a clear understanding of the litigation process so that clients can attain an overview at the initial stages

What you’ll need:

  • experience gained from within a sales, customer services, call centre, retail or administrative background would be advantageous
  • experience, or confidence, in communicating effectively over the phone
  • confidence with IT systems to include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Although preferable, legal experience is not necessary for this position, as training will be provided. Applications are welcomed from candidates with non-legal backgrounds, candidates returning to work from career breaks, or those looking to change industry sector.
  • a desire to work and progress within a law firm
  • the ability to multi-task and prioritise.
  • the ability to produce a high standard of work, whilst maintaining accuracy and good attention to detail
  • strong organisational skills whilst maintaining team processes and procedures

You will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership of this

What you’ll need:

  • competency with IT systems to include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • previous experience within an administrative capacity is desirable but not essential
  • the ability to work well in a team and develop good working relationships with colleagues and others
  • good communication skills with the confidence to liaise openly and clearly with colleagues and clients
  • the ability to produce a high standard of work, sometimes under pressure, whilst maintaining accuracy and good attention to detail
  • to be able to demonstrate flexibility, initiative and confidence in your own ability
  • enthusiasm willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, a strong team player, and be proactive in taking ownership of your work

No legal experience is necessary for this position, as training will be provided. Applications are welcomed from candidates with non-legal backgrounds, candidates returning to work from career breaks, or those looking to change industry sector.

Hours

We are committed to providing a service to our clients between the hours of 8am and 9pm Monday to Friday (inc. Bank Holidays), and 9am to 5.30pm on a Saturday and Sunday.  ; once training has been completed, you will work to shift patterns to accommodate these hours on a rota basis. 

For this position you must be able to commit to a minimum 3 day week, having flexibility to work weekend shifts, as well as in the week.  An ideal opportunity should you be looking for hours to fit around studies or family commitments.

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work. We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it. Find our amazing benefits here!

We have hubs in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be a blend of home and office based work with travel as required into any of our Midlands hubs.

Find out more about us:

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.