24789 - Caseworker
To apply regulations and guidance to assess and authorise applications for legal aid or claims for costs received from suppliers for public funding, to ensure compliance with contract. To include liaison with suppliers and Counsel in relation to outstanding payments on account.
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) looks after Legal aid in England and Wales. It is essential the caseworker can speak fluent Welsh, the role is to assess applications for legal aid and amendments to application, and to ensure suppliers are complying with the terms of the contract. Caseworkers at this level are expected to understand the regulations and guidelines. Most decision making will be straightforward but they will be required to use their judgement often.
Key ResponsibilitiesKnowledge, Skills, Experience
People Management/ Financial/ Resource Dimensions
To maintain an up to date understanding of current guidance and regulations. Based on these regulations and some level of judgement undertake the following tasks:
Make decisions to approve, reject or refer applications and amendments based on merits and/or means.
Make decisions to approve, reject or refer claims for costs.
Make decisions to close cases and/or recoup outstanding payments on account.
Dealing with client enquires: arranging refunds, ensuring records are up to date and ensuring they receive statements.
Liaise with suppliers as appropriate
Provide accurate and timely responses to correspondence and telephone calls received from internal and external customers
Working to stringent productivity and quality targets in a variety of work types
Understand and meet the LAA quality standards for areas of work trained in. Engage in the Quality Control and consistency processes and ensure improvements are made where errors are identified.
Ensure all data is processed accurately, securely and in accordance with LAA data security guidelines
Provide ongoing support, guidance and buddying as required to new colleagues
Contribute to the smooth running of the administration and telephone duties undertaken within the team.
Fluent Welsh speaker
Analytical and numerical skills to recognise inconsistencies
Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team
Ability to communicate in plain English
Ability to interpret and apply guidance and regulations
IT literate with good keyboard skills - experience of using word, excel and other windows based applications
Good customer service skills
Ability to input data efficiently and accurately
Ability to work to tight deadlines and targets without compromising quality
Knowledge of English legal system
No People Management or budgetary responsibilities
Critical Behavioural Competencies
Changing and Improving – Level 1
Delivering at Pace - Level 1
Making Effective Decisions – Level 1
Managing a Quality Service – Level 1
Working Arrangements & Further Information
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Flexible working hours
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The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
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19/03/2019, 23:55 hours
Closing Date: 19th March 2019 at 23:55 hours
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