Private Client Legal Assistant

Recruiter
Cobham Consulting
Location
St Albans
Posted
11 Apr 2018
Closes
20 May 2018
Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Private Client Legal Assistant

We are looking for a legal assistant to join a renowned private client team, who will be able to assist lawyers with client files.

The Role:

  • Client Service
  • Taking client instructions and progressing the matter file. This may include, amongst other things, drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and dealing with the administration of Estates to provide a courteous and efficient service to clients
  • to introduce clients to lawyers in different departments as appropriate.
  • Matters Administration
  • Maintaining control of an allocated caseload to ensure that standards of matter conduct, file management, administration, time-recording and accounting are maintained at all times
  • to be fully conversant with the firm’s computer systems and follow IT instructions directly and through procedures tabs
  • Secretarial/Administrative
  • Opening and closing client files in accordance with standard procedures including performing on-line money laundering checks
  • answering the telephone or meet clients who call into the office without an appointment on behalf of the lawyers and answering queries
  • liaising with clients
  • maintain Lawyers’ diaries and make appointments
  • liaison with the Accounts Department as appropriate to ensure timely and accurate accounts administration, including receiving cheques, entering on file and passing to accounts
  • initial handling of client queries and new enquiries
  • update and keep track of legal documents such as wills and deeds as per the required procedure.

Requirements:

  • Experience of working within a private client 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 private client law and practices
  • adopts a client-centered focus at all times taking responsibility for the level of client service they provide and takes proactive steps to maximize and improve client relationships
  • creative problem-solving ability
  • good written and verbal communication skills
  • fast and accurate keyboard skills - 50 wpm minimum
  • good grasp of grammar and spelling
  • computer Literacy in relevant software packages
  • ability to multi-task, organise, prioritise and plan
  • 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.
  • organisation skills including the ability to prioritise work

Benefits:

  • Working for an Award Winning Company
  • 23 days holiday

  • 2 times salary death in service benefit

  • Eligibility to join our health cash plan (after probation)

  • Discretionary bonus (subject to scheme rules)

  • 1% employer pension contribution (rising to 2% from 1 April 18)

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