Legal Secretary (Employment)
The legal secretary plays a vital role in the everyday workings of the employment, immigration and pensions department to support the lawyers in the team. You would be working in a team of four partners, ten associates, a trainee, a professional support lawyer and one other ; You would be supporting lawyers on both employment and immigration matters. The list of job duties below is not exhaustive but gives a flavour of the variety of work involved. KEY DUTIES Providing a comprehensive and timely word processing service for the creation and amendment of documents using Word, Excel, Workshare, BigHand, PowerPoint and other systems Ensuring documents returned to the lawyers accurately reflect the original request. This will include proof reading the document, checking spelling, grammar, sense, amendments and presentation Preparing, collating and indexing legal documents and bundles, for example for tribunal hearings and for Home Office immigration applications Acting as the point of contact for lawyers, as required, including taking messages and answering new enquiries Supporting the billing process including preparing the bills, ensuring that fee updates are sent and that bills are sent within the agreed time frame and assisting lawyers and finance in relation to unpaid bills Assisting lawyers and the compliance team with file opening, the anti-money laundering process and drafting engagement letters and opening new matters File closing Liaising with the finance team in relation to the invoicing and payment of disbursements, including Counsels fees and immigration fees Calling the Home Office and tribunals as and when required From time to time uploading documents to the Home Office system Adding client information to the relevant database Updating fee trackers Updating team procedures and providing detailed handover notes, as required Answering telephone calls promptly Providing cover for other secretaries during breaks, absences and busy periods Booking training courses and professional memberships for lawyers and maintaining records of training Assisting in putting together presentations Proactively seeking work to assist other team members when they are busy Managing all manner of administration including: File management Photocopying/scanning Managing lawyer's emails and correspondence including drafting replies to routine correspondence when required Organising and supporting travel and accommodation arrangements Managing expenses claims for lawyers Diary/Meeting management Keeping lawyer's diaries up to date in Outlook Arranging meetings, liaising with reception as required Assisting lawyers with the online filing of know how Assisting in production of the weekly training materials for the employment team Qualifications and Experience EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential Proven experience of working as a secretary, ideally in a legal environment Good knowledge of Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel Accuracy and attention to detail Experience of working in a team environment Proven organisation and administration skills Excellent English and grammar Good numeracy skills Flexible work ethic to meet the Firms requirements Resilient and calm with a confident and professional demeanour Ability to perform under pressure to see work through to completion and meet tight deadlines Proactive and self-motivated, demonstrating the ability to use initiative Ability to be a team player and to build a positive rapport with clients and other employees Willingness to learn new IT systems, internal processes and procedures Good judgement and common-sense This company offers fantastic benefits including 25 days' holiday, pension and healthcare. If you have not been contacted within 5 working days, then unfortunately on this occasion your CV has not been shortlisted.