Legal Assistant

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Location
Watford, Hertfordshire
Salary
Competitive
Posted
07 Sep 2017
Closes
06 Nov 2017
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Permanent

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

The department

Business involves taking risks. Our client's choice of litigation and dispute resolution lawyers should not.

At Dentons, our lawyers draw upon their extensive experience, trusted judgment and insight to develop a customized strategy—always with our client's specific business objectives at top of mind. Together, we tackle challenges efficiently and effectively so that they can move ahead.

Our dispute resolution lawyers employ the most appropriate tools and strategies for each stage of the process and each unique situation. Whether through timely use of innovative alternative dispute resolution techniques or skillful and persuasive advocacy in the courtroom, clients can count on our lawyers to maximize their prospects for a successful outcome. We also work with clients to assess and manage their risks in relation to the legal costs of the dispute and to seek to minimize the likelihood of future litigation.

Whether our client's dispute has strategic, reputational or financial importance and whatever the subject matter, their success is our priority.

Purpose of role

We now have an opportunity for a Legal Assistant to join our Banking and Finance practice to play a key role in supporting clients in relation to mortgage repossession and ensuring cases are progressed to the expected time-scale and costs estimate.

The role provide administrative support to the Paralegals in the team, principally through generating court documents and associated standard correspondence.

Responsibilities

  • Support Paralegals in all aspects of their work and responsibilities to operate at optimum efficiency at all times

  • File documents and maintain the filing systems, including the timely and efficient archiving and retrieval of files

  • To ensure the confidentiality and security of all practice and client documentation and information

  • To process new instructions using the case management system and generate formal demands and default notices

  • To carry out searches and issue court proceedings using case management system

  • To book agents to attend court hearings and to notify all parties

  • To prepare witness statements and instruct agents to attend court hearings

  • To set up evictions using case management system

  • To maintain diary entries and status notes on the case management system

  • To undertake any other ad hoc duties as requested, including the timely completion of various spreadsheets and statistics

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent literacy skills

  • Good IT skills (Word, Outlook)

  • Enthusiastic and professional approach to work

  • Excellent attention to detail and ensures accuracy at all times

  • A professional and efficient approach to work

  • Ability to work on own initiative

  • Ability to take responsibility for own work

  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines

  • Is dedicated to exceptional client service

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities. In light of our recent combination, Mandarin language fluency would be particularly advantageous given that China is now core to our strategy. 

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.