Client Engagement Assistant

Experience level: Entry level
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (09:30 - 17:30)
Reports to: Andrew Murray, Head of Department
Team: Housing and Local Government
Location: London
The firm

Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients.

In the last year alone we have:

  • Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion
  • Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings
  • Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy
  • As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion.

However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.

 

The role
  • assisting the department to improve how we capture and manage the terms on which we take on instructions from clients;

  • ensuring that we comply with those terms and clients’ own procedures (especially purchase orders);

  • monitoring progress against clients’ fee budgets and identifying potential over-runs;

  • helping us make sure that invoices are prepared and submitted promptly and in accordance with terms agreed with clients;

  • managing the case completion process;

  • liaising with client payment teams in respect of the above.

It does not involve credit control, i.e. bill chasing.  

The team
  • The department is made up of approximately 30 professional and 5 support staff, operating in a range of legal disciplines – mainly property development, banking, corporate and governance and real estate.

Client base and type of work
  • We act for a range of businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit, mainly in the property development, regeneration, leisure, local government and funding spheres.

Aims of the department
  • We aim to provide a first-class service to our clients on terms that represent good value both to our clients and the firm.

Candidate specification
  • Organised, thorough and systematic

  • Has an approachable and friendly manner, as you will communicate extensively with the firm’s professional and support staff (largely within the department), and occasionally with clients to find out how they want us to do things

  • Reasonably numerate, although the role does not require detailed calculations or financial analysis, and personal skills are more important than being a wizard with spreadsheets.

  • Must have some office experience

  • May suit a graduate wanting to gain experience in a law firm

 

Recent work highlights
  • Advising on the acquisition of a mixed-use site in north London involving residential units and large commercial space. The site was acquired via a corporate acquisition of the shares in the off-shore company which owned the site, requiring corporate advice and detailed tax input to structure the deal in a tax-efficient way.

  • Undertaking property due diligence for various loans including a £200m revolving credit facility from a high street bank and dealing with various aspects of the property due diligence required.

  • Advising a leisure trust on outsourcing leisure centres from local authorities.