Farrer & Co LLP

Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service.

We advise individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organisations on every aspect of the law, wherever the need arises. From our offices in London we work with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service.

Our clients present us with complex and varied challenges. Whether that's a complicated family trust issue, a multinational corporate transaction, or an emerging threat to their reputation, they need clear thinkers who can advise on the best solutions, fast thinkers when speed is of the essence and agile thinkers who can produce a fresh approach to get the job done. That's why they choose us.

Our clients value our in-depth knowledge, technical excellence and diversity of disciplines. But what really binds our long-standing relationships with them is our approach: pragmatic, plain speaking and always steadfast in our values, which we hold dear. Values which mean we gain our clients' trust, always strive to do the right thing, and aim for the best results for them.

Superb client service sits at the heart of everything we do. We are modern lawyers with timeless values.

Farrer & Co LLP London, UK
25 Feb, 2019
The Team The team provides clients with prompt, practical advice covering all aspects of residential property including conveyancing and the financing (both on acquisition and refinancing) of such properties. Many of the team's transactions are complex and involve overseas jurisdictions. The team is ranked in tier 1 in both the Legal 500 and Chambers High Net Worth guides. Scope We are looking for an extremely organised and proactive secretary to provide a high level of professional support to their allocated Fee Earners as well as other members of the Department. The candidate will be experienced in their specialist area but will be expected to be flexible to cover the broader remit of the Department. They will be highly motivated, display outstanding attention to detail and have the ability to multitask with ease.  It is essential that they are a strong team player with a positive, up-beat approach. Responsibilities Organisational Support Effective and proactive diary management, and awareness of Fee Earners' workloads to plan ahead, with minimal supervision Processes relevant applications, forms or searches, with minimal supervision Has an excellent knowledge of all systems/processes used within the Department Is professional and maintains effective communications with clients and Fee Earners Maintains up-to-date knowledge and understanding of Fee Earners' matters to enable a proactive support service Researches new clients/contacts and prepares bios before meetings, and conducts basic research (on-line or otherwise) for Fee Earners when required Arranges travel and any other activities on behalf of others, where appropriate Client Relationship and Business Development Provides excellent service to clients, both internal and external, in a timely and professional manner, presenting a positive image of the Firm at all times Acts as a first point of contact for Fee Earners Provides assistance in the delivery of marketing communications, and records all business development meetings in InterAction, and sets up reminders where follow-ups are needed with prospects on InterAction or other systems/logs as required Recognises, respects and honours client confidentiality at all times Organises business development meetings and events for Fee Earners, and assists in the production of business development materials in liaison with the Marketing team Document Production Creates typed work of a high quality, formatting in accordance with house style, at high speed, with accuracy and following internal guidelines Makes effective use of the Document Management System Creates new documents from the Firm’s templates, using contact data from InterAction where appropriate Proof-reads all documents for spelling, grammar and sense, querying wording where appropriate Proactively uses initiative to compose and send on behalf of Fee Earners, correspondence requiring focused concentration and attention to detail IT Skills/Systems Maintains a high level of proficiency in core IT applications including the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) Makes suggestions for additional training, as required File Management Adopts a pro-active approach and works with Fee Earners  effectively, to maintain regular file management, ensuring all files are up to date, closed and archived, as appropriate Keeps accurate records of all files sent to off-site storage via Records Financial Risk Management Prepares bills (including bill narratives) with minimal supervision, as required by Fee Earners Prepares AML documentation and obtains relevant documentation from clients in a timely manner, as required by Fee Earners Carries out conflict searches and correctly identifies the work type Has an excellent knowledge and application of the Firm's procedures in billing, AML, Credit Control and debt management Liaises with credit control and alerting Fee Earners of unpaid bills Deals with time-recording matters as required by Fee Earners Person Specification Has excellent timekeeping and prioritises work effectively Is flexible, reliable, co-operative and has a professional approach to work Works as a positive, friendly and helpful team player Communicates in a positive and constructive manner Interacts in good faith and demonstrates effective listening Uses initiative and takes a proactive approach to work by regularly seeking ways to improve secretarial support Positively supports and promotes change within the Department Education and Qualifications Qualified to GCSE standard, grade C (or equivalent) at Mathematics and English essential Previous secretarial experience in a law firm essential Special aspects The hours of work for this opportunity are 9:30am to 5:30pm but it is essential to be committed, flexible and prepared to work beyond the normal office hours when necessary and in response to client demand.