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Job Title: Belfast - Disputes Resolution - Legal Assistant
Herbert Smith LLP (Herbert Smith) job specification

Job Title:Legal Assistant
Division: Dispute resolution
Office: Belfast

Salary: Market rate

Closing date:29 July 2011

The role
Legal assistants will work in teams, alongside solicitors, conducting document review exercises.
The team of legal assistants and solicitors will initially report to the Quality Manager (who will be working closely with the Director and Operations Manager), however as the team grows, the aim is that the team leaders will increasingly manage small teams of solicitors as direct reports, who in turn will manage the legal assistants.

Key responsibilities
•Conducting document review and, if appropriate, other fee-earning work (there will be target average daily chargeable hours)
•Conducting issues-based research using document review software
•Providing general support to the team leaders and the solicitors
•Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant areas of law to the Belfast office's practice
•Ensuring compliance with financial disciplines on matters (e.g. efficient recording of time spent)

Qualifications, skills and competencies

•Law graduate (2:1 or above) or a post-graduate qualification in law with a minimum of 3 A levels (ideally B grades and above)
•Ability to review, analyse and organise documentary and factual evidence
•Excellent attention to detail; aims to get it right first time
•Aptitude for learning (and becoming proficient in) the use of software and IT applications, and using search terms intelligently to navigate large databases/document management systems
•6 months to a year’s work experience in an office based environment (legal environment advantageous)
•Fluency in a second language with an ability to translate legal documents into English. Western European languages an advantage, but other languages (e.g. Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean or Russian) especially desirable

•Self-motivated with an ability to concentrate for extended periods of time
•Is resilient and persistent in order to achieve results – goes the extra mile
•Demonstrates a high level of organisation through prioritising workload and consistently meeting deadlines
•Develops a good level of understanding of the needs of internal clients
•Communicates proactively to ensure relevant members of the team are kept informed of progress on tasks
•Promotes & sells the services of the Belfast office to internal clients, including by the delivery of consistently high-quality work and a positive approach to building internal relationships

•Works effectively with all colleagues to complete tasks
•Demonstrates the ability to build relationships
•Communicates in a clear, concise and structured way with the ability to adapt style where necessary

Risk management: understands the need for compliance with the firm's policies, procedures and rules. Identifies and evaluates risks, consulting and taking appropriate action. Holds the firm's reputation as paramount at all times
•Contributes to the firm (e.g. corporate responsibility or social activities) supporting the development of a diverse and innovative culture and making it an enjoyable place to work

For more information about Herbert Smith please visit our website

Job Details
Job Ref: 10-12258-LON
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time
Location: Northern Ireland
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: Market rate
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