Litigation Legal Assistant

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Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 31/10/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Litigation and Restructuring
Location: Birmingham
The opportunity

This is a varied and interesting role with great quality work in a fast moving and successful team environment. 

If you are interested in working in a legal practice, have 6 months’ previous relevant experience, and want to be part of something that is growing this could be what you are looking for.

As Litigation Legal Assistant you’ll provide fee earning support to our partners and the wider team to help deliver great service to our clients. What’s more – we will help you progress towards running your own caseload under supervision. 

Martin EdwardsJames Fownes and Justine Ball are looking forward to meeting you!

Your key duties will be:

  • working closely with partners to provide excellent client service
  • having regular contact with clients
  • assisting on all aspects of managing a caseload (under direction and supervision)
  • maintaining and updating client tracker status reports
  • assisting with Court bundles and collating instructions to Counsel
  • managing production of monthly invoices on matters across the team and sending invoices out to clients
  • providing a mix of paralegal and administrative support to the team
  • opening and closing files and conducting conflict searches
  • archiving closed matters and generally liaising with central support teams on that
  • helping with distribution of general correspondence and post coming into the team each day
  • handling telephone calls, and handling queries and enquiries where appropriate
  • producing forms and documentation including recovering expenses from our finance team
  • drafting documents as and when required

What we’re looking for:

  • a minimum of 6 months’ recent experience in a similar role, experience with contentious work is desirable but not essential
  • some knowledge of the litigation process
  • experience of using a case management system
  • good academic qualifications
  • good attention to detail and accuracy
  • the ability to prioritise your workload effectively
  • strong IT skills
  • drive, enthusiasm, commitment and a team player approach

The team:

Our Real Estates Disputes specialists represent individuals, private and public companies, major corporate occupiers, high street retailers, shopping centres, clearing banks, universities and other public bodies in these areas. We advise on a wide range of disputes in relation to freehold or leasehold property, in particular advising on a large volume of business lease renewals for national chains.

The team handle disputes arising from the redevelopment of land including rights of light, party wall and boundary disputes. We advise our clients on commercial landlord and tenant disputes including service of break notices, forfeiture and notices to quit, and the recovery of property or unpaid rent and service charges. Our particular expertise lies with handling large scale trespass and squatter eviction claims, for example when there is a mass trespass or riot and allegations of breach of human rights.

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, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lincoln, Sheffield and Glasgow. This role will be a mix of home-based working, with regular travel into the Birmingham office hub.

Find out more about us…

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.  

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

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.

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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.