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Team Assistant

Type: Permanent
Salary: Up to £27,000
Location: Liverpool Street

Owen Reed are recruiting for a Team Assistant to join a top London Law firm.    The role is based near Liverpool Street. This role is office based.  The requirements for this role - Strong Billing knowledge.

The Team Assistant will provide support to the relevant PA team and fee earning colleagues by assisting them in the following areas:

• Deliver high quality, accurate work whilst managing and responding to changing and competing priorities
• Meet required deadlines and negotiate alternate timeframes when necessary utilising other in-house services as appropriate (e.g. Reprographics, Document Production and General Office)
• Implement effective telephone call management and other communication work practices. Ensure callers and other parties receive a consistent, high quality service and their expectations are managed
• Print, photocopy and scan relevant documents as and when required.
• File relevant documents in electronic or hard copy files as and when required
• Assist with fee earner expense claims, cheque requisitions and other banking related admin in a timely manner
• Manage own email including timely response, filing of emails (including hard copy filing where necessary)
• Manage the entry of timesheets for partners (where relevant) promptly with accurate use of phase and task codes (if required)
• Assist with the billing administration process which may include the creation of pre-bills, editing of bills and narratives, producing bill cover letters, ebilling set-up/submission and posting onto the system as per firm policy and process
• Assist with making client/matter changes such as adding/amending client addresses, third party payers and making changes to agreed rates at the final billing stage
• Support the team with meeting the required WIP, billing and debtor's day's targets by generating client matter reports and rectifying errors and omissions when required
• Assist with the new business intake administration process which may include, conflict checks, file opening forms, anti-money laundering/agreed rates forms and preparing engagement letters including checking for retainers
• Assist with quick turnaround document work that cannot be sent to DP
• Assist with the organisation of event/meeting logistics such as booking conference rooms, arranging refreshments, equipment, arranging dial-in details and VC set-up and making restaurant reservations for client lunches/dinners.
• Assist with point to point travel bookings which may include single/return train/flight tickets, hotel and taxi bookings
• Assist with updating client information and relevant databases, following PA or lawyer instructions (eg, InterAction)
• Prepare files for archiving and manage return/retrieval of files following firm guidelines
• Provide ad hoc support to the group or division such as assisting with incoming mail, answering the telephones, booking couriers, organising repro/DP submissions, assisting with room moves and any other general administrative duties
• Adhere to firm, office and practice group policies and procedures, including those that are formal, informal, documented or verbal
• Take all necessary steps to ensure you are aware of correct procedures. Maintaining inquisitive, collaborative and vigilant work habits, keeping abreast of changes and developing more efficient work processes. Demonstrate this in your interactions with others
• Demonstrate enthusiasm and proactivity in the workplace, including participating in and contributing to secretarial group meetings, firm initiatives, focus groups, pilot groups, team building activities, learning and development sessions and other relevant activities
• Take responsibility for your own learning, undertake recommended training, keep up to date and comply with firm policies, adopt new or improved firm and practice group recommended work practices, and share information with others about better ways of working
Please note that some Team Assistants primary focus will be on these tasks (within Real Estate) • Assist with the creation/management of client datasites (extranets), building taxonomy in consultation with lawyers ensuring sites are regularly updated and contain all relevant documentation
• Creating/amending/checking/uploading deeds schedules within the Real Estate Deeds system
• Dealing with storage and recalling deeds as requested ensuring records are maintained in line with the firm's processes
• Support other offices with ad hoc tasks, monitoring their Outlook Inbox and actioning requests

Key Performance Indicators:
• Partners, lawyers, Team Leader and PA team are satisfied with the level of administrative support they receive (including communication of work in progress) and agree that the quality of support you provide meets expectations
• Work produced is consistently accurate and completed as requested, within agreed timeframes and is of a high standard
• A reputation within the practice group for being an effective, helpful and supportive team member.
• Colleagues (including lawyers, PAs and Business Services staff) are confident that they can approach you and will receive a level of assistance that is appropriate in the circumstances
• A reputation for being an effective communicator and for working with team members and Business Services groups to achieve positive outcomes
• Compliance with the firm’s and practice group’s policies, guidelines and recommended ways of working
• Actively participate in the firm’s annual performance review process, using knowledge of the firm's Competency Framework to set professional goals
• You take full ownership and responsibility for any absences from the office (including planned and unexpected absences). This includes leaving work in an appropriate state of order, leaving discoverable and up to date handover information, providing handover and full communication of the absence that is appropriate to the circumstances and in accordance with the process in place for the group

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