HMRC is offering exciting opportunities to join them as a paralegal. HMRC paralegals work in varied and fast paced teams in HMRC Solicitors Office and Legal Services.
There are 3 posts in HMRC Solicitor's Office & Legal Services, in Washington.
HMRC Solicitors Office & Legal Services (SOLS) provide legal services to the whole of HMRC.
The provision of legal advice to the Board, Ministers and Officers;
Work on new legislation;
The conduct of independent reviews of decisions made by HMRC which are requested by customers under legislative provisions;
Conducting tribunal and civil litigation on a full range of services;
The posts are with HMRC SOLS Legal Operations
The Legal Operations teams:
Work a range of Tax appeals;
Present hearings on behalf of Local Compliance at the FTT;
Work to and comply with Tribunal Directions;
Support litigators engaged in more complex litigation;
There are excellent opportunities for career progression with a career path that can lead to Grade 7 and beyond.
These posts offer excellent professional and personal development opportunities. Successful applicants will join one of the largest Civil Service departments and work in a fast paced and dynamic environment where they will support HMRC's tax professionals or lawyers in providing high quality services.
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The roles are varied and fast paced and you will have responsibility for managing or supporting litigation from commencement of proceedings through to hearing and conclusion at Tribunal or Court.
These are challenging but ultimately, highly rewarding roles, requiring you to:
Work flexibly and as part of a team, working with and maintaining good relationships with all colleagues and customers;
Be willing to develop through on the job opportunities and/or learning activities;
Have determination to ensure completion of tasks and take responsibility for your own area of work and;
Have good communication skills and commitment to ensuring deadlines are met;
You will be expected to develop a good level of knowledge, skills and understanding and work as part of an integrated customer-SOLS and the wider HMRC environment.
The duties vary depending on the post but will include some of the following:
Make decisions about case progression;
Independently draft and serve notices and applications to be served on the Tribunal;
Independently draft and send case correspondence;
Check, proof and serve witness statements;
Identify relevant documents and produce bundles;
Advocacy at some hearings;
Draft statement of case;
Manage or support all aspects of case management from commencement of proceedings through to hearing and conclusion, ensuring legal deadlines are strictly adhered to;
Provide legal support to experienced senior colleagues on complex cases;
Filing, and other administrative duties;
There is also an expectation for you to quickly grasp the specialist processes that are key to the delivery of work in the area to which you are appointed.
Applications will be considered from candidates qualified to degree level in law or who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Law.
Applicants should have at least one year of experience in a paralegal position in a litigation environment.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Making Effective Decisions
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department's Daily Travel Assistance guidance.
Home Move Assistance is not available.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Candidates should submit:
Personal statement (maximum 500 words) covering:
Why you specifically want this role.
Your suitability for the role including adherence to relevant policies, procedures and legislation to complete your work.
Application form for the following behaviours:
Making effective decisions:
250 word statement giving an example of a decision you made and how you reached that decision.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.