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CV Review for Paralegal in South East England

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September 2018 – July 2019, LPC PROVIDER. Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Pending offer of placement

February 2012 to July 2018 UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Law

Subjects assignment score included: Contract & Tort (70%)

July 2015 legal Drafting skills course NALP, London

Professional Skills Course


October 2014 Civil/Commercial Mediation Training Course, London


January 2013 AH Paralegal Training Course, London


School, LOCATION 1992 – 1996:

GNVQ Intermediate: Business Management: certificated

5 GCSEs B-D grades



Legal Work Experience


Civil/Commercial mediation, LOCATION from 2015 to date

  • Facilitate interested parties to resolve their dispute by adopting appropriate methodology in each case effectively.
  • Maintain Confidentiality, ensuring clients the flexibility in the terms of their settlement.
  • Promoting respect and fairness by being independent.

COMPANY NAME Legal Solution Ltd, LOCATION 2014 to date

  • claims management of financial products and services on ‘no win, no fee basis.
  • Assisting clients in building a case on housing disrepair before litigation;
  • Writing client care letters and writing to financial institutions to pursue a claim for compensation on the client’s behalf.
  • Obtain reports from medical and building professionals.
  • Ensure adherence to the Claims Management Services Regulation practice guidance on; Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules (2014), Client Accounts Rules (2006) and Complaint Handling Rules (2015).
  • Making representation (lay) at Council Subcommittee Hearings and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Disciplinary Hearing.
  • Ensure that the rights of the client are respected and to act in the best interest of the client.
  • preparing hearing bundle, early correspondence with interested parties in sharing information and gathering facts, preparing and conducting opening and closing submission, questioning of witnesses (examination-in-chief and cross-examination).

FIRM OF Solicitors LLP, London 2014 to date

  • Making Leave to Remain, Indefinite Leave to Remain and Leave to Enter applications.
  • Preparation for tribunal hearings.
  • Assisted in divorce petitions and drafting wills.

Non-Legal employment


Asset Verification (AV) Data Coordinator, Oxford, Carillion PLC., April – December 2012

  • Plan and co-ordinate the mobilisation of AV surveyors and review the progress of the AV (Asset Verification) survey project programme, taking any necessary corrective action to meet, and where possible, exceed the expectations of the client.
  • Through effective planning, communications, and development of data ensure high performance for the team of AV surveyors.
  • Work in partnership with local authority property team to establish local authority’s contractual obligation for maintenance and repair responsibility of sites in the scope of the contract, to establish sites that required AV surveys.
  • Other tasks include establishing correct address details, emergency contact details and responding to customer queries on AV Surveys, site contacts and on the transfer of services queries.


Temp Resourcing Executive/Temp Team Leader, Haddenham, Cosine UK Ltd, Feb-April 2011

  • Coordinated a team of Field Marketing Agents nationwide to work on a project for one of the biggest supermarkets in the UK, to influence and inspire their customers to buy or trial their brands and products.
  • Delivered an effective resourcing service, by diligent CV screening, arranging induction & training of selected candidates.
  • Interfaced with Team Managers, Business Managers and other internal Cosine Teams to ensure resource was allocated to activity within agreed standards and equal focus was applied to all activities.




  • Attend local gym.
  • Swimming – regularly to maintain fitness levels.
  • Badminton- keen player playing double matches fortnightly.
  • Reading – just finished reading ‘The sealed Nectar’.




  1. TUTOR


  • Ideally need your date of birth, marital status and nationality in first section but of course all optional.
  • remove “pending offer of placement” – not entirely sure what this means.
  • Need to include your degree classification when you get it. Make sure you get the right name for your degree – usually written as LLB (Hons) not Bachelor of Law. May also be worth explaining that this is part time.
  • July 2015 Legal Drafting Skills Course – this is not the Professional Skills Course presumably? you cannot do the PSC until you have done the LPC.
  • GCSES and A Levels – serious issue here – a lot of firms benchmark using these and you dont have any A levels and your GCSE’s are not good. Did you only get 5 GCSE’s? If you got C or above for English and Maths you could change the way you put this down – ie GCSEs including Maths and English at grades C or above.
  • Probably also need to indicate if GNVQ is equivalent to A levels at all – if yes how many.
  • Work experience – need to indicate exactly who the employer is for your current role and give a job title. Are you randomly mediating or is this via an organisation?
  • COMPANY NAME Legal Solution Limited – what is this – your own company or one you are working for? Ditto with FIRM OF Solicitors – what is your job title, are you working full time and if not how many hours? What fields of law do you cover, how many files etc.. etc.. lots of info needed on this particular post.
  • Keep the non-legal roles to an absolute minimum – you dont need much info on these.
  • Apart from this your CV isnt too bad – lots of information on our website about the detail you need to include in your work experience section. Lots more needed for your solicitor experience.
Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at