Senior Personal Assistant

Gowling WLG
02 Aug 2017
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

Main Purpose of the Job

To provide fee earners with the administrative support needed to provide seamless legal services to clients. Be proactively involved in all aspects of the management and execution of fee earners' day to day workload by providing exceptional and proactive administrative support. Act as workflow manager for other support services including delegating and supervising the completion of document production, file management and copying/scanning work. Take an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of all aspects of client requirements to provide exceptional service levels to fee earners and clients.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Client relationship management

Take an active part in the care of clients and be wholly familiar with contacts/clients. Specifically a requirement to take ownership of the administrative aspects of the firm's client care programmes. Demonstrate a positive and responsive approach to dealing with client queries and ensure efficient delivery of the administration related to client matters in the absence of fee earner.
Take responsibility for ensuring that progress of work is known and shared with others where necessary.
Responsible for ensuring that the client portal and gateway management is maintained at all times.
Be aware of any service level agreements in place, especially regarding response times etc and ensure that fee earners are aware of them. Alert partners and fee earners to any potential issues, keeping track of progress, and using own initiative to highlight items for resolution.
In conjunction with BD, take ownership of the administrative organisational aspects of UK and international client seminars and events attending where appropriate.
Enter and update client details and relevant information onto Interaction. Circulate contact sheets as required. Map out client organisation charts as appropriate.
Demonstrate a good knowledge of research tools and information relating to client prospects.
Arrange and periodically attend client meetings.


Manage diaries, ensuring they are up to date and reminding fee earners of meetings etc on a daily basis. Ensure critical date diaries are up to date and circulate to team.
Arrange meetings, book conference rooms, refreshments, check rooms prior to meetings etc and liaise with other attendees, both internal and external.
Coordinate travel arrangements in the UK and internationally, book and confirm reservations and deal with related details/papers/itineraries.
Arrange photocopying, printing, organising couriers, sending out of letters, etc.
Arrange for files to be opened and closed, supervise general filing, e-filing, scanning requirements and record keeping.
Use effective systems to ensure that both short and long term tasks are completed within required timescales.
Support lawyers in marketing activities including involvement in preparation of pitches and presentations.
Preparation of court or transaction documents and engrossments. For example, preparation of court bundles (if contentious) or e-bibles (if non-contentious).
Good working knowledge of procedures relating to the team.


Take internal and external telephone queries, responding as appropriate and/or ensuring that all messages are passed on in a timely manner. Ensure that all client related correspondence is passed on to appropriate fee earner and follow up to ensure that matters are dealt with proactively if the relevant person is out of the office.
Monitor post and/or emails and deal with as appropriate. Respond to routine queries using own initiative.
Manage outbound correspondence with supporting documentation.
Liaise with business support departments on behalf of fee earners as required.
Liaise with the REG Practice Coordinator over any planned absences, arranging cover as necessary and communicating this to the relevant fee earners.

Document production

Coordinate correspondence, attachments, documents, reports, presentations, etc produced by the DPC team before they are passed to the relevant fee earner for approval/sign off and undertake basic/minor amendments where appropriate.
Type short correspondence and emails when required.
Produce and maintain Excel spreadsheets as required.


Coordinate the billing process and assist fee earners in the billing and credit control process by liaising with the fee earner and accounts and to produce financial/time reports through the system. Be aware of any service level agreements or arrangements with clients requiring bespoke billing information.
Be competent in the delivery of more complex client reporting as and when required.
Liaise with finance and cash functions as appropriate.

Team duties

Assist others in the group whenever there is spare capacity.
Pick up telephone calls for colleagues when they are away from their desk.
Work effectively with other legal and support departments as required.
Seek out opportunities to pass on knowledge to colleagues and actively involved in the training and development of PAs in the group.

Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager of the firm, Practice Operations Manager or Practice Co-Ordinator.

Key skills and experience

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, research tools and other systems implemented by the firm.
Excellent telephone manner. Confidence to deal with routine client queries and take the necessary action in the absence of fee earners.
Excellent communication, organisational and team skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Flexible, proactive and dependable with a results orientated approach.
Able to remain calm under pressure, work to tight deadlines and prioritise workload. Confident in taking the initiative.
Conscientious, approachable and enthusiastic.
Experience in a similar role within a Real Estate/ Property Legal team is preferable.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.