Withersworldwide - Paralegal - Russian Speaking (12 month FTC)

The Department

The Wealth Planning practice provides sophisticated legal advice to some of the world’s most successful people, from aristocracy to first, second and third generation entrepreneurs, industrialists, senior executives, celebrities, artists, philanthropists and other prominent figures. This practice generates approximately 55% of the firm's revenues (globally) and is the firm’s engine room. The firm has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices in the world. As well as acting for clients with a UK connection, the London Wealth Planning practice has an international focus and acts for clients in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and Latin America in relation to trust and succession planning.  

The Role

We are looking for a robust, career-minded paralegal to join our market-leading international Wealth Planning team.   You will work with a broad range of clients (including trustees, administrators, banks, and beneficiaries) in relation to a range of private client related legal matters. Succession planning for international families is a key part of this role, and you will assist with implementing estate-planning arrangements for individuals. The work will involve a mix of domestic UK, Russian and international matters. Key elements of the role include:

  • Legal research and preparing first draft of advice notes

  • Document management, review and analysis

  • Assisting in preparing pitches and tenders and in aspects of business development

  • Assisting with client events

  • Preparing draft documents including wills, powers of attorneys and trust deeds

  • Produce accurate, high quality work quickly and efficiently, using the firm's software packages and document management systems

  • Preparing first drafts of Terms of Engagement letters; using electronic file opening, ensuring anti-money laundering requirements are adhered to and requesting necessary Know Your Client documentation

  • Providing effective and proactive communication with clients, legal staff and other support staff, organising meetings, answering the phone, taking messages, managing e-mail, etc.

  • Resolving accounting queries and producing monthly bills using Elite (finance and time recording system)

Key skills and experience

  • Native Russian speaker is essential

  • Russian Law degree or some experience working with Russian clients and tax matters is preferred

  • Experience working as a paralegal (or in a similar role) is desirable

  • Ability to acquire new skills and to understand sophisticated concepts

  • Familiarity with technology e.g. Excel, Word

  • Strong research skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team and under pressure

  • Financial aptitude (for billing)

  • Strong academics

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

The essentials                                                                                                           

  • 9.30 – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must

  • 12 week probation period

  • Four week notice period

  • Flexible benefit package

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