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19000109 Requisition #
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We have an opportunity for a strong, experienced, highly effective, confident Legal PA to join the LAIE team supporting one of the Practice Group Leader’s. 

You will be responsible for complex diary, travel and email management as well as managing highly confidential documentation in relation to Board and International matters.  You will be expected to build relationships with internal and external clients and handle all issues in a professional and calm manner. 
Other tasks will include, but are not limited to;

- Collating documentation for meetings and circulating agendas in advance; carrying out research as may be required

- Booking attendance at conferences/seminars (including national and international travel) and organising trip itineraries and logistics
- Acting as 1st-Line IT support for any basic IT queries raised by fee-earners
- Printing of agendas, presentations and meetings papers specific to allocated partners/fee-earners
- Working with the Business Development Team as required, to include helping produce tenders, credential sheets, events, pitches etc as well as small marketing events
- Coaching and mentoring of more junior team members including Junior Secretaries, Float Secretaries and Administrators

About you

As a Legal PA have the ability to hit the ground running, be able to work on your initiative and feel confident to manage projects with little instruction. You will be expected to have excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to adapt your communication style whether it is to support clients or your team members.

You will need to be flexible and adaptable to support the style of your partner and client demands.

You must have a thorough understanding and knowledge of litigation and arbitration, its processes and the sector as a whole.

We are looking for a pro-active, enthusiastic PA with high levels of IT literacy, superb attention to detail and the ability to learn new systems quickly.

About the role

The partner you will be supporting has a very busy role and so relies on their PA to manage their diary on a daily basis, anticipating conflicts and acting as a gatekeeper at all times. Whilst undertaking board and management duties the partner is also involved in BD initiatives, including a client related initiative which involves liaising with various external contacts at all levels. As this is such an integral part of the partner’s role, you will need to be confident liaising with external and internal contacts, particularly on a client-facing level, to help build relationships both externally and internally. You will need to use your initiative and be proactive at all times, assisting the partner where possible to ensure that projects are actioned and moved forward in a productive and effective way. 

The partner’s role also involves complex travel and so you will need to be confident navigating travel arrangements, including sourcing flights and accommodation that is suitable, coordinating with other PAs and stakeholders where required to ensure the trips are managed and planned effectively to ensure smooth running.

About us

CMS are delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards.

CMS is an international law firm with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. 
A future facing law firm CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.  We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”).

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here.to view the diversity pages on our website.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online or contact Rob Johnston, Talent Acquisition Assistant, for more information.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted. 

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