PA/Legal Secretary, Private Client, Reigate

TWM Solicitors is looking for a PA/Legal Secretary to provide direct support to the fee earners in the Private Client team to enable them to operate at optimum efficiency. 
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Louise Prynne
HR Co-Ordinator

Overview of the vacancy

The prime role of the PA/Legal Secretary is to provide direct support to the fee earners in the Private Client team to enable them to operate at optimum efficiency.  This will include, but will not be limited to, the main responsibilities given below.  At PA level you will be expected to use a high degree of self-management and initiative.

Job description

  • To work for the Private Client solicitors/fee earners in conjunction with other PA/secretaries.
  • Prepare correspondence and documents through audio-typing and word processing.
  • Administer filing which will include daily filing and the opening, closing, storage and retrieval of client files in accordance with the detailed procedures contained in the office manual.
  • Prepare mail and enclosures for dispatch.
  • Arrange for all copying to be done, in person if an Office Assistant is not available to undertake the task.
  • Make appointments, arrange meetings and to maintain an up to date diary for the fee earners.
  • Prepare the conference room for meetings as necessary and for the tidying and clearance of the room at the end of the meeting.
  • Provide refreshments when asked to do so.
  • Provide support to other secretaries as required.
  • Provide guidance to junior and temporary secretaries when required to do so.
  • Attend clients both in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the firm’s standards for client care.
  • Undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall to have a responsibility towards self-development.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all the firm’s and clients’ documentation and information.
  • Undertake on-line form filling requirements.
  • Operate the firm’s case management system.
  • Maintain or improve on the current standards of document presentation.
  • Consider improvements to the efficiency of the department.
  • Undertake other duties as from time to time required.

This job description is non-exhaustive and the firm reserves the right to vary the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the firm’s business.

Qualifications

Secretarial

Essential personal qualities and attributes/skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Substantial previous legal secretarial experience including at least 1 year’s experience in a Private Client department for the Legal Secretary role, or 2+ years’ experience in a Private Client department for the PA role.
  • Advanced IT skills in relevant packages.
  • Keeps up with fee earner’s work production.
  • High accuracy levels.
  • Communicates professionally with clients both on the telephone and personally.
  • Provides good customer care.
  • Demonstrates a pro-active approach to work and clients.
  • Progresses client matters without supervision and in the absence of the fee earner.
  • Takes on other tasks.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to:
    • work to deadlines.
    • to cope under pressure.
    • use initiative.
    • prioritise work-loads effectively.
    • work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrates clear commitment to the firm and a genuine interest in legal work.
  • Has a good attendance record year on year.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude.

Desirable skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Prior knowledge of Practice Evolve or other case management systems.
  • Knowledge of law/legal practice.
  • Prior knowledge of Isokon probate software is desirable but not essential.

 

If you are interested, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@twmsolicitors.com.

TWM Solicitors (www.twmsolicitors.com) is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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