The Legal Assistant role requires a unique blend of skills and experience providing general and administrative support in our Regulatory Group. The position will require a confident, reliable and business-minded assistant with the ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to changing priorities.
The successful candidate will be organized, discreet, detail-oriented, and have a client-first approach to work. In addition, the successful applicant must be team-oriented and accustomed to working as a work team with other assistants. Generally, the hours of work are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility required to meet client needs; pre-authorized overtime may be required.
Drafting, preparing and proofreading correspondence, accounts and various transactional documents and forms;
Entering and maintaining lawyer’s dockets and coordinating with the Accounting Department, when necessary; preparing detailed billings;
Dealing with and responding to client inquiries expeditiously and conducting follow up; keeping the lawyers apprised of interactions in their absence;
Opening, maintaining and putting away files, and maintaining precedent systems using the Firm protocol for knowledge management;
Processing incoming and outgoing mail, including maintenance of email accounts and managing bring forwards;
Preparing and updating cheque requisitions and expense reports;
Updating and maintaining client/matter lists and current client contact records electronically to meet Dentons’ requirements;
General administrative duties such as scheduling appointments and meetings, photocopying materials, booking meeting rooms, making travel arrangements, etc.; working with other related Departments/services internally to provide documents and other materials on time to meet client needs;
Maintaining and organizing files, both electronic and hard copy as required;
Demonstrating a team approach; supporting and standing in for colleagues to cover absences; ensuring strict adherence to confidentiality; accountability in relation to both internal and external clients to achieve outputs and goals for the Department and the Firm;
Other duties as assigned.
Post-secondary education in business or related discipline; Legal Administration and/or Law Clerk Diploma preferred;
Solid work experience in a legal environment with working knowledge of regulatory law; preference will be given to previous experience gained within a large firm environment;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written);
Superior organizational and problem-solving skills and a professional office, client and telephone manner;
Ability to maintain excellent customer service by handling questions and concerns with speed and professionalism;
Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors;
Strong follow up and proofreading skills, attention to detail, and accuracy are required;
Ability to work under pressure and complete accurate work in a timely fashion while maintaining a positive, team driven attitude;
Possesses ability to demonstrate initiative and discretion;
Excellent technical proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
Minimum 50 wpm typing speed;
Knowledge of accounting/docketingsystems and data management systems (Elite and iManage);
Professional client and telephone manner and a proven track record of working with confidential information;
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment;
Must have seasoned problem solving skills, the ability to work with little instruction or supervision and be highly motivated;
Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines, remain calm with a sense of urgency while maintaining a positive, team driven work ethic and ability to approach colleagues and lawyers to solicit work;
Demonstrated commitment to privacy and ethical conduct;
Bilingual (English and French) is considered an asset.
Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter and resume by email:
Ottawa Human Resources Department
Dentons Canada LLP
- We thank all applicants who apply, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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