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Residential Development Paralegal (Mandarin Speaker)

Forsters LLP
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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Job SummaryThe purpose of the Paralegal role is to provide support and assistance to at least one partner and one associate in the group with a team of paralegals as well as managing a small caseload where you will be required to carry out some operational work on deals and transactions.

The applicant will be acting for both developers and investment buyers. A knowledge of residential and development transactions would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be fluent in Mandarin.

Main duties and responsibilities
  • Liaising with clients, broker, mortgage companies and agents
  • Advanced skills in Excel - creating and maintaining spreadsheets, completion and financial statements etc
  • Advanced skills in Word - creating merge documents and merging from Excel data sources
  • Monitoring client account monies for exchanges and completions
  • Maintaining precedent letters and documents within a Case Management system.
  • Secretarial and administration duties - photocopying; binding; engrossing; faxing; typing; billing; archiving; filing; telephone calls
  • Conduct research and communicate findings to Partners and other Fee Earners within the department
  • Attend seminars/in-house training courses in order to keep abreast of industry knowledge and legal updates
  • Track projects, tasks, assignments and reports to ensure they are running within set timescales
  • Work to set timescales and deadlines, ensuring the client's needs and expectations are met and managed at all times
  • Maintain accurate data using Prescient in relation to client matters
  • Client Care
  • Legal Administration
  • Liaise with clients in person, by telephone and in writing, offering clear and concise information
  • Arrange meetings and chase parties for information and follow up on case matters
  • Prepare and draft legal documentation for sign off by the Partners or other Fee Earners within the team
  • Proof read documents on behalf of other Fee Earners
  • Write letters and emails to clients
  • Scheduling of large volumes of documents received as part of a transaction
  • To monitor own performance in relation to the number of live files, file closures, file openings, billing, time recording and to take appropriate action to ensure targets are met
  • Conform to risk management and money laundering procedures
  • Record time accordingly, to ensure accurate records are maintained
  • Photocopy relevant documents and maintain an effective hard copy filing system
  • Conduct file searches.

Knowledge / QualificationsWe need someone who is a Mandarin speaker. You must have verbal and written fluency.

Skills And Experience
  • Good interpersonal and effective communication skills are essential for dealing with lawyers and support staff in a professional manner
  • Must have a flexible attitude and work effectively under pressure
  • Able to use initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team meeting the varied needs of the department
  • Organised manner with ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
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