Legal Assistant

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 15/03/2024
Term: Temporary
Duration: 1 year
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Client Services & Facilities
Location: Birmingham
The opportunity

6 Month - FTC

The role:

We are looking for a Legal Assistant to join our Real Estate Finance team based in our Birmingham office, part of our firms Real Estate group.

 You will work as part of a team to provide administrative support to help our legal teams deliver a great service to our clients.

You key duties will be:

  • providing timely and effective support to requests for assistance from members of the team
  • using a case management system to process open, close and progress files
  • processing incoming and outgoing post and arranging couriers
  • managing file opening, closure and archiving
  • archiving, storing and retrieving of documentation (electronic and paper versions)
  • typing documents and correspondence
  • producing bills and other financial administration
  • organising and maintaining departmental filing systems and document storage
  • photocopying, scanning, faxing, printing, filing and other general administrative tasks
  • handling searches and processing land registry applications
  • assisting with financial administration, liaison with finance team, investigating and clearing account ledgers

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 6 months’ previous office administrative experience ideally gained from within a legal environment
  • a minimum grade C pass at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics
  • confidence with IT systems to include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • a good basic keyboard ability

Key competencies you will need:

  • the ability to work well in a team and develop good working relationships with colleagues and others
  • good communication skills with the confidence to liaise openly and clearly with colleagues and clients
  • the ability to produce a high standard of work, sometimes under pressure, whilst maintaining accuracy and good attention to detail
  • to be able to demonstrate flexibility, initiative and confidence in your own ability
  • able to demonstrate attention to detail in any task you undertake

About you- you will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership of this
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be a hybrid role with travel as required into Birmingham or one of our other West Midlands hubs 

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

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Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.