PA - Specialist Real Estate Services (SRES)
About Gowling WLG
Gowling WLG is a new 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.
About the Team
Gowling WLG's Housing Development and Regeneration Team is working alongside top 10 developers including Miller, Bloor, Persimmon, Bovis and Taylor Wimpey. It is among the best-known names for residential development legal work in the UK. With more than 50 experts dedicated entirely to this discipline, all based in Birmingham, it is also one of the biggest.
The Housing Development and Regeneration Team comprises 8 Partners, 2 Consultants, 5 Directors, 25 Principal Associates, Senior Associates & Associates, 12 Legal Executives/ Paralegals and a 20 strong Plot Sales team.
Main purpose of the role:
A position has arisen at PA level within the Specialist Real Estate Services team in the Real Estate Group for secretarial and administrative support.
Providing fee earners with the administrative support needed to provide seamless legal services to clients. Be proactively involved in all aspects of the management and execution of their fee earners' day-to-day workload by providing exceptional and proactive administrative support. Act as workflow manager for other support services including delegating and supervising the completion of document production, file management and copying/scanning work. Take an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of all aspects of client requirements to provide exceptional service levels to fee earners and clients.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage diaries, ensuring they are up to date and reminding fee earners of meetings etc on a daily basis. Ensure critical date diaries are up to date and circulate to team.
Arrange meetings, book conference rooms, refreshments, check rooms prior to meetings etc and liaise with other attendees, both internal and external.
Coordinate travel arrangements in the UK and internationally, book and confirm reservations and deal with related details/papers/itineraries.
Arrange photocopying, printing, organising couriers, sending out of letters, etc.
Arrange for files to be opened and closed, supervise general filing, e-filing, scanning requirements and record keeping.
Use effective systems to ensure that both short and long term tasks are completed within required timescales.
Support lawyers in marketing activities including involvement in preparation of pitches and presentations.
Good working knowledge of the property process and terminology with an ability to carry out property searches and enquiries and liaison with appropriate authorities, preparation of completion statements, reports on title, leases and conveyances and property forms.
Take internal and external telephone queries, responding as appropriate and/or ensuring that all messages are passed on in a timely manner. Ensure that all client-related correspondence is passed on to the appropriate fee earner and follow up to ensure that matters are dealt with proactively if the relevant person is out of the office.
Monitor post and/or emails and deal with as appropriate. Respond to routine queries using own initiative.
Manage outbound correspondence with supporting documentation.
Liaise with business support departments on behalf of fee earners as required.
Liaise with the Practice Coordinator over any planned absences, arranging cover as necessary and communicating this to the relevant fee earners.
Coordinate correspondence, attachments, documents, reports, presentations, etc produced by the DPC team before they are passed to the relevant fee earner for approval/sign off and undertake basic/minor amendments where appropriate.
Type short correspondence and emails when required.
Produce and maintain Excel spreadsheets as required.
Coordinate the billing process and assist fee earners in the billing and credit control process by liaising with the fee earner and accounts and to produce financial/time reports through the system. Be aware of any service level agreements or arrangements with clients requiring bespoke billing information.
Be competent in the delivery of more complex client reporting as and when required.
Liaise with finance and cash functions as appropriate.
Assist others in the Group whenever there is spare capacity.
Pick up telephone calls for colleagues when they are away from their desk.
Work effectively with other legal Groups and support departments as required.
Seek out opportunities to pass on knowledge to colleagues.
Any other relevant duties as reasonably requested by fee earners or Group Support Manager, or a person of an appropriate seniority.
Key Skills and Experience:
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, research tools and other systems implemented by the firm.
Excellent telephone manner. Confidence to deal with routine client queries and take the necessary action in the absence of fee earners.
Excellent communication, organisational and team skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Flexible, proactive and dependable with a results-orientated approach.
Able to remain calm under pressure, work to tight deadlines and prioritise workload.
Confident in taking the initiative.
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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