Legal Assistant

Job Ref: 163179
Sector: Other
Job Type: Permanent
Date Added: 27 March 2019
  • Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire sl98el
  • £21,000 - £25,000 per Annum
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  • Tate
  • 01895 257931
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Legal Assistant

Our Clients real estate team is unique in the region for its depth of expertise and has the capacity and resources to handle the full range of your property needs, whether these are local, national or international

Job Description

To contribute to the attainment of the firm's business objectives by providing a fully effective service to clients by proactively progressing client files under the direction of the appropriate solicitors and by providing secretarial and administrative assistance to the group and adopting a team orientated approach at all times to ensure consistently high level of service is provided to the fee earning team

Key Responsibilities:

Client Services

  • Taking initial client enquiries and id documentation and handle tasks under the lawyer's instructions. This may include amongst other things, dealing with accounts when a matter is concluded.
  • Ensuring that work sent to clients and related parties is correctly prepared in accordance with the firm's standards and precedents.
  • Observing the code of practice in all areas as detailed in the Solicitors Code of Conduct including the requirements of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and Lexcel requirements.
  • Report complaints from clients or third parties to the PGL.
  • Recording matter related time with a view to fees being billed for lawyers or for self (if requested).
  • Introducing clients to lawyers in different departments as appropriate and particularly to consider this at the conclusion of a matter.
  • Keeping client databases up to date by amending existing entries or by adding new clients.

Transactional tasks

  • Carry out appropriate searches on direction of lawyers and follow up as necessary.
  • Download documents as required from relevant authorities, Land Registry etc.
  • Prepare necessary Land Registry application forms, SDLT Returns and deal with follow up under supervision of lawyers.
  • Preparing initial draft documents, reports and drafting letters.
  • Preparing and handling completion of transactions including the preparation of completion statement

Secretarial/Administrative

  • Opening, maintaining and closing client and internal files in accordance with standard procedures including performing on-line money laundering and identification checks and ensuring they are up to date at all times, preparing the relevant forms. Carrying out conflict checks on new transactions.
  • Maintain lawyers' diaries and make appointments.

  • Organise internal and external meetings including meeting room bookings and if appropriate organising refreshments.
  • Manage incoming and outgoing post and emails as required including arranging couriers when necessary.
  • Undertake typing duties for fee earners (audio and copy).
  • Collate work received from the outsourcing company (such as Voicepath) including arranging necessary enclosures

  • Liaise with the Accounts Department as appropriate to ensure timely and accurate accounts administration - to include paying in and request cheques, complete expenses and client entertainment forms, CHAPS payment forms
  • Undertake administrative duties such as photocopying, scanning and archiving of files
  • Create and maintain a tidy and well organised office environment
  • Ensure the faults with the department's IT, printing, photocopying and fax machines are reported appropriately and necessary follow up
  • Act on instructions from lawyers to perform tasks in connection with client/administrative matters

  • Initial handling of client queries that arise from "drop ins" and enquiry calls. Completing and passing on newmatter enquiry form as required
  • Dealing with enquiries regarding deeds and/or historic files and liaising, as appropriate, with relevant lawyer and/or archivist
  • Ensure all files are compliant with SRA and Lexcel requirements under supervision of lawyers

Skills and attributes

  • Experience of working within a Property Department of a Law Firm or relevant legal qualifications would be preferred/secretarial experience in a Law firm is desirable
  • Knowledge, experience and passion for property law and practices
  • A client-centered focus at all times, taking responsibility for the level of client service provided including proactive steps to maximize and improve client relationships
  • A team orientated approach, particularly during the absence of other legal assistants, to ensure high quality support is provided at all times to the fee earning team
  • Creative problem-solving ability
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good computer literacy skills in relevant software packages - Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Oyez
  • Ability to multi-task, organise, prioritise and plan accordingly
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and with a demanding work load
  • Confident with the ability to interface and develop relationships with a variety of people

Tate is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

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