Paralegal Apprentice – HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs Published: 05/10/2017
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Description

Job description

HMRC Solicitors Office & Legal Services (SOLS) provide legal services to the whole of HMRC.

This includes:

• the provision of legal advice to the Board, Ministers and Officers

• work on new legislation

• drafting statutory instruments and other legal documents

• 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.

We also provide technical accountancy and forensic services to HMRC, are head of the compliance accountants’ profession and engage with the external accountancy profession as well as handling ministerial correspondence for HMRC

SOLS is headed by the General Counsel and Solicitor and comprises four Directorates: (A) Litigation, (B) Business Tax, (C) Personal Tax, and Legal Operations and Business Transformation. These are further broken down into teams each dealing with specific aspects of work and headed by a senior managers.

As an HMRC SOLS apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced people whilst learning through regular assessments in your workplace. The Apprenticeship will run for up to 24 months and involves a structured programme of training, leading to an accredited Paralegal Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

As part of your personal commitment to completing an Apprenticeship, you will need to be prepared to study and complete assessments required to achieve the qualification. This post includes provision for some study time during working hours however, you will need to undertake some study in your own time. This will be variable depending on how you study.

For further information about Government Apprentice Schemes please visit:
http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Be-An-Apprentice.aspx

Younger people are under-represented in HMRC and we would particularly welcome applications from people aged 18 – 24.

For further information about this CILEx Apprenticeship scheme please visit:
http://www.cilexlawschool.ac.uk/Employers/Legal_apprenticeships/Trailblazer_Paralegal_Apprenticeship

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 legal environment where they will support HMRC’s Solicitors in providing high quality legal services. Solicitor’s Office contributed to providing over £4.5 billion in tax revenues last year.

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate or show potential that they will:

• 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 will take responsibility for their own areas of work.

The successful applicants will be part of the Litigation Function within the Appeals & Reviews teams and will work with team colleagues to deliver an effective and professional litigation service which supports and continuously improves the work of Local Compliance, whilst safeguarding the rights of taxpayers and the reputation of HMRC.

This will include representing HMRC at the First-tier Tax Tribunal (FTT), liaising with Decision Makers and Review Officers whilst also championing HMRC’s commitment to customer focus, continuous professional development, equality & diversity and health & safety.

The main duties of the roles are:

You will be the case owner of a range of appeals arising predominantly from automatically generated penalties and disputes surrounding tax credits.

This will mean that you will be required to undertake the following:

Support other litigators

• Liaise with stakeholders to an appeal including departmental staff, the tribunal service, appellants and their representatives.

• Draft and serve notices and applications to be served on the Tribunal

• Draft and send case correspondence

• Monitor case progression

• Make decisions about cases

• Presenting hearings on behalf of Local Compliance at the FTT.

• Working to and complying with Tribunal Directions.

• Identifying and collating bundles of evidence for hearings, and managing bundle preparation.

This work requires an ability to assimilate information quickly to obtain a thorough grasp of the grounds for the appeal and the ability to be able to understand the relevant legislation and case law underpinning the decision

These are challenging but ultimately, highly rewarding roles, conducting and managing litigation appeals, requiring good communication skills and commitment to ensuring deadlines are met.

You will be expected to develop a good level of knowledge, skills and understanding within a fast paced environment.

There will be a need to travel across the UK for attending Tribunal hearings with occasional overnight stays being required. Travel & Subsistence costs can be claimed for training and business travel only.

These apprenticeships are full time but exceptionally part time may be considered with a minimum attendance of 30 hours per week.

Applications are welcomed from graduates for whom this apprenticeship will present significant new learning. However applicants with law degrees will be ineligible for this opportunity.

Qualifications

Minimum of 3 ‘A’ levels at grades A-C (or equivalent) or a higher qualification.

Holders of Law degrees are ineligible to apply as a Paralegal apprenticeship would not offer substantive new learning.

Please note, that previous relevant employment experience in a legal environment will not be considered in place of the required academic qualifications.

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