Legal Clerk

Gowling WLG
06 Jul 2017
03 Aug 2017
Contract Type
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

Main Purpose of the Job

Our business is growing and we are looking for a Legal Clerk to join the Real Estate team.

You will be supporting team members in relation to Real Estate clients.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

File Management - receiving instructions from clients. Opening files in our systems within timescales required. Scanning, copying and eFiling deeds, documents and communications;
Conflict checking - requesting conflict searches and reviewing/eFiling results for team members;
Searches - using the Land Registry online portal to obtain and review copy entries and title plans, carrying out searches and other applications (including registrations of title). Carrying out searches of land and utilities through other providers and utility companies and local authorities;
SDLT - processing SDLT (stamp duty land tax) paperwork and submission of SDLT within the 28 day deadline;
Communication - by telephone, standard letter, email, in person or other communication media with clients, agents and third parties as well as with other team members;
Deeds management - logging, recording and maintaining records of deeds received and dispatched with the archiving team;
Finance - creating bill requests, finance forms and completing spreadsheets with financial information;
Reporting - entering and updating data in spreadsheets for client reporting /updates. (experience of using Microsoft Excel would be an advantage but not essential);
Portal management - scanning, uploading, downloading and eFiling of deeds and documents, correspondence and other communications via online portals, deal rooms or data rooms;
Administration duties - including scanning of documents, correspondence, engrossing of documents and photocopying;
Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Practice Operations Manager or Practice Co-Ordinator.
This role will involve the use of a case management and other systems for which training will be given.

Key skills and experience

Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture you will be expected to play your part in ensuring the continuing success and growth of the team. Previous experience of working in a legal environment would be helpful but is not essential as training will be given.

You should be able to:

Manage your workload to tight deadlines, remain calm under pressure and prioritise your workload effectively;

Work in a team environment (this may include working as part of a bigger project team) and support your colleagues;

Communicate appropriately and confidently at all levels within the team and the wider business as well as with clients, agents and other parties in person, by phone, letter, email or other communication means;

Use your initiative to solve problems,

You should have:

Effective organisation skills;

Attention to detail and numeracy;

Good interpersonal and communication skills;

Good keyboard, IT and data entry skills;

Problem solving abilities;


Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

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