Legal PA - Banking

Recruiter
Baker McKenzie
Location
South East England
Salary
Competitive
Posted
03 Aug 2017
Expires
31 Aug 2017
Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
The Role

We are looking for a Legal PA who can demonstrate secretarial and administrative competencies to the highest level.

You will provide first class administrative support and secretarial service to a number of fee-earners such as Partners, Associates, Trainees and other work providers.

You will be supporting the Legal Support Team Leader's in ensuring a high level of client service and provision of quality secretarial services in order to contribute to a world class 24 hour administration service.

We place an important emphasis on the development and well being of our people. We look to enable all of our employees to be the best they can be in order for them to deliver an excellent client service. We provide a specifically tailored Learning & Development Programme for all staff in Secretarial Services, a structured induction programme for all of our new joiners, a buddy scheme, and offer excellent career development opportunities. Our Secretarial Services staff enjoy an inclusive and supportive culture.

Responsibilities

To support fee earner administrative activities (for example, bundling, indexing, general organisation etc.)
To support client activities and requirements in a proactive manner, liaising with clients e.g. take messages, pass on information, deal with simple queries, meet and greet and client events
To prepare client registration documents, engagement/assignment letters, conflicts checks, money laundering and audit Letters, with direction from partner/fee earner
To manage the production of all documents (even those not typed personally) from initiation to delivery back to the relevant fee earner, involving Document Specialists as required
To ensure documents returned to fee earner accurately reflect the original request before returning work, including proofreading the document, checking spelling, grammar, sense, amendments and presentation
To undertake general filing administration, liaising with Filing Administrator as appropriate
To pro-actively manage diaries, arrange meetings
To undertake e-mail management (manage inbox and file e-mails), ensuring that urgent emails are promptly picked up by fee earners, or forwarded to another fee earner in their absence
To undertake limited typing i.e. urgent short documents (digital and non digital dictation)
To make travel arrangements (visas, flights, hotels, dinners)
To work collaboratively with other secretarial support for the Department, to provide a responsive and professional secretarial support service to fee earners and clients
To ensure that there is comprehensive telephone cover across the department, in accordance with the standard operating procedure
To organise and liaise with Filing Administrators for routine administration tasks and the Document Support Unit for document production/amendments
To provide personal support (non BM related), subject to PA's discretion
To maintain CRM by updating InterAction and maintaining fee earner contact list
To support Marketing and BD administration e.g. prepare pitch documents, arrange marketing events, ad hoc research
To support billing processes and timesheets
To co ordinate Training administration e.g. book rooms/refreshments, arrange printing of slides and materials, ensure equipment and room set up, create attendance sheet and collect signatures for CPD purposes, liaising with L&D Team
To support less experienced members of the team e.g. mentoring or buddying
To work in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures

Jobholder Requirements

Career-minded candidates who have legal sector or other professional services experience / background, i.e. from the Big Four or banking sector.
'Can-do' attitude, demonstrates proactivity and takes the initiative
Consistently demonstrates secretarial competencies to the highest level in all areas
Strong technical skills, including proficient in all software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
High level organisational skills
Understanding of the importance of Client Service
People Management experience
Working knowledge of house style, document management systems, templates and precedents

Personal Qualities

Flexibility, Dedication, Humanity and Efficiency

Diversity and Inclusion

Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm

Why Join Us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm. Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world's most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,000 people in 77 offices across 47 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

Acritas' Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2016 - ranked 1st/Brand Index: 100
The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016: currently ranked 57th
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017: currently ranked 7th
Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Five awards: Most Innovative International Firm for Women, Best International Firm for pro bono work, Best in tax, Best in Employment and Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award

To Apply

At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications.

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA - since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to work fluently across borders, cultures and practices. This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to be the global law firm of choice. We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view are brought together. We also know people perform at their best when they can be themselves at work. Baker McKenzie is committed to serving our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse talent pool and an inclusive community.

The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any), gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

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