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Legal Secretary - Criminal Litigation

  • Location

    City of London

  • Sector:

    Legal PA & Secretarial

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    £36000 - £39000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Lee Laming

  • Contact email:

    lee@jmlegal.co.uk

  • Job ref:

    LL/CRIM/LIT_1641902116

  • Published:

    7 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2022-02-10

  • Consultant:

    Lee Laming

Working for a Leading Criminal Litigation law firm based in fantastic brand new officer supporting a team of Fee Earners including a Partner - up to £39,000

You will be responsible for providing comprehensive PA support to the team of Fee Earners in order to assist them in their day to day work and maximise the amount of time they spend on fee earning activities. Your duties will include diary management, liaising with clients, file and matter management and billing, adhering to the relevant service level agreements and standard operating procedures for your role.

Day to day duties:

  • Co-ordination of all tasks, delegating to the Document Production team and Admin Assistants as required, ensuring the completed task is checked (as far as reasonably practicable) and ready to return to the Fee Earner
  • Typing short or urgent correspondence as and when required
  • Producing documents which are too confidential and sensitive to be produced by DPS team
  • Proactive diary management looking ahead at fee earner diaries to remind them of diary commitments and taking responsibility for ensuring that they have all supporting paperwork and information for each meeting or appointment
  • Arranging internal and external meetings and conference calls ensuring the smooth running of such meetings making the appropriate arrangements for any internal meetings (e.g. room set up, ordering refreshments), liaising with other departments as required
  • Attending meetings to take minutes as required
  • Booking training and courses
  • Organising and arranging travel bookings in conjunction with the Marketing team, including hotels/taxis/flights/insurances/IT equipment and producing/amending itineraries for all external appointments or trips
  • Providing pro-active client liaison including taking messages, passing on the information and dealing with queries as appropriate in a professional and timely manner
  • Dealing with new client enquiries made by phone and email and passing on the information obtained for consideration by relevant fee earner
  • Checking voicemails and emails when fee earners are away from the office, ensuring urgent messages are redirected as appropriate
  • Helping fee earners to manage their email inbox by responding to clients to acknowledge receipt of emails (as requested) and filing emails (as directed)
  • Escalating any issues or concerns to Team Leader or the SSM so that a resolution can be found in a timely manner

File/Matter Management duties:

  • Assisting with file opening by carrying out conflict checks under supervision and as directed by the Fee Earner, passing all results to the fee earner for consideration, obtaining approval to open file and dealing with queries from the Admin Assistants concerning opening the physical file and the matter on MatterSphere
  • Producing draft engagement letters, terms of business, funding agreements, cancellation notices as required for Fee Earners to review and approve
  • Monitoring new matters to ensure all of the necessary information and documents have been received (e.g. engagement letters/instruction forms/monies on account/money laundering documentation and other compliance documents) informing Fee Earners when documents are not received and assisting as required
  • Managing matters in MatterSphere, including naming, saving and filing documents and correspondence, management of contacts, associates, estimates and capturing other practice area specific data
  • Obtaining up-to-date counsel/expert/other third party fee note(s)
  • Obtaining transcripts and documents from the Court
  • Co-ordinating outgoing post
  • Undertaking file closure, including ensuring the file is properly prepared for archive and later destruction

Finance and Billing duties:

  • Assisting Fee Earners with billing procedures including: a review of pre-bills and making amendments
  • Assisting Fee Earners to manage client accounts as directed by the Fee Earner (including organising and returning client monies and ensuring zero balances at matter closing)
  • Completing of disbursement forms and confirming that they are on the system
  • Time recording for Fee Earners when on leave

Marketing/BD duties:

  • Organising, supporting and preparing for all marketing activities, such as events, seminars and Chambers submissions
  • Updating the CRM database
  • Working with Fee Earners to prepare tender documents (whilst delegating the majority of document production to the DPS team)