Residential Development Paralegal (Mandarin Speaker)

Residential Development Paralegal (Mandarin Speaker)

Forsters is a Mayfair-based law firm which delivers exceptional legal results to its clients who are principally from the real estate and private wealth sectors. Whatever our client's objectives, we take a collaborative approach to find solutions tailored to the client's specific needs. We believe our engaged and friendly manner, combined with the delivery of concise, clear and commercially led advice helps to build long lasting relationships with our clients. Forsters has 55 partners and over 300 members of staff.

Job Title

Residential Development Paralegal (Mandarin Speaker)

Reports to

Partner & Head of International Residential Real Estate

Department

Residential Property

Hours

9.30am – 5.30pm

Job Summary

The purpose of the paralegal role is to provide support and assistance to at least one partner and one associate in the group with a team of paralegals as well as managing a small caseload where you will be required to carry out some operational work on deals and transactions.

The applicant will be acting for both developers and investment buyers. A knowledge of residential and development transactions would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be fluent in Mandarin.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Liaising with clients, broker, mortgage companies and agents
  • Advanced skills in Excel – creating and maintaining spreadsheets, completion and financial statements etc
  • Advanced skills in Word – creating merge documents and merging from Excel data sources
  • Monitoring client account monies for exchanges and completions
  • Maintaining precedent letters and documents within a Case Management system.
  • Secretarial and administration duties – photocopying; binding; engrossing; faxing; typing; billing; archiving; filing; telephone calls
  • Conduct research and communicate findings to partners and other Fee Earners within the department
  • Attend seminars/in-house training courses in order to keep abreast of industry knowledge and legal updates
  • Track projects, tasks, assignments and reports to ensure they are running within set timescales
  • Work to set timescales and deadlines, ensuring the clients needs and expectations are met and managed at all times
  • Maintain accurate data using President in relation to client matters
  • Client Care
  • Legal Administration
  • Liaise with clients in person, by telephone and in writing, offering clear and concise information
  • Arrange meetings and chase parties for information and follow up on case matters
  • Prepare and draft legal documentation for sign off by the Partners or other Fee Earners within the team
  • Proof read documents on behalf of other fee earners
  • Write letters and emails to clients
  • Scheduling of large volumes of documents received as part of a transaction
  • To monitor own performance in relation to the number of live files, file closures, file openings, billing, time recording and to take appropriate action to ensure targets are met
  • Conform to risk management and money laundering procedures
  • Record time accordingly, to ensure accurate records are maintained
  • Photocopy relevant documents and maintain an effective hard copy filing system
  • Conduct file searches.

Knowledge / Qualifications

We need someone who is a Mandarin speaker. You must have verbal and written fluency.

Skills and experience

  • Good interpersonal and effective communication skills are essential for dealing with lawyers and support staff in a professional manner
  • Must have a flexible attitude and work effectively under pressure
  • Able to use initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team meeting the varied needs of the department
  • Organised manner with ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy

"Knowing that our clients will be impressed by the service they receive from a nominated solicitor is vital to our long term relationships - the Forsters team repeatedly provide an exemplary service."
Chambers HNW Guide 2017
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