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Legal Secretary in Planning Full Time

at Eversheds Sutherland in Manchester (Published at 12-08-2019)


About Eversheds Sutherland:

Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solution for every client.

As a full service law firm, we act for the public and private sector across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the USA providing legal advice to clients across its company commercial, human resources, litigation and dispute management, and real estate practices.

With 69 offices across 34 countries worldwide, we have become one of the largest law firms in the world and a great place to work and develop your career.

The Team:

We have one of the largest full service Real Estate teams of any global law practice and are consistently ranked in directories worldwide. We act for 62 of the FTSE 100, 58 of the Fortune 100 and 92 of the Fortune 200 and are also on the panels of 25 major international banks and several hundred global companies. Our landmark deals include the £1.2 billion acquisition and development financing of The Shard in London, securing a development agreement for Facebook?s new 250,000 square foot European headquarters on London?s Oxford Street, the $1.6 billion acquisition of the landmark skyscraper 1285 Avenue of the Americas in New York City and advising one of the world?s largest tech companies on its corporate office portfolio across EMEA and Asia Pacific.

We are recruiting a Legal Secretary to join our Planning team in our Manchester office. You will provide secretarial and administrative support to fee earners from Partner to Associate level.

The Role:

As part of this role you can expect to be involved in:

  • You will be responsible for the provision of full secretarial and administrative support to stakeholders
  • Comprehensive and proactive diary and travel management, anticipating future demands of team members and actions required
  • Organising and planning meetings to include coordinating agendas and papers for internal and external meetings, booking travel and arranging for necessary equipment and refreshments
  • Managing workflow of typing, making appropriate use of the firm?s outsourced service
  • Acting as liaison point for clients and colleagues
  • Dealing with and screening calls, delivering a positive client experience
  • Providing sound comprehensive financial administrative support to Legal Advisers - ensuring compliance with legal, firm wide and practice group specific policies and procedures
  • Proactive billing and financial support - monthly/quarterly billing runs, management of client accounts, resolving internal/external financial queries, preparation and submission or payment of third party invoices and dealing with incoming and outgoing monies
  • Paper and electronic filing

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of providing secretarial/PA support
  • Ideally Planning experience, however, this is not essential
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills, with the confidence to liaise with senior fee earners within a demanding environment
  • A flexible and committed attitude
  • Excellent problem solving skills and initiative
  • Strong team ethic
  • Good relationship building skills, both internal and external

Job Type: Full-time

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