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Paralegal

Legacy & Trust Litigation

Exeter

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We are looking for a Paralegal to join our Legacies team in Exeter led by Lucy Gill, with a specific focus on probate work.  This is an excellent opportunity to work in a leading, innovative team who specialise in acting for charities who have been appointed as executors or are acting as administrators of wills. 

If you are motivated, energetic and have high levels of personal organisation skills, this could be the role for you.

What you'll do

  • Working with fee earners to ensure all compliance and file opening formalities are dealt with
  • Conduct initial review of estate paperwork
  • Drafting initial letters to third parties and beneficiaries and monitoring responses
  • Dealing with administrative matters such as Royal Mail redirections and Financial Asset Searches
  • Updating estate accounts with key data such as details of the will
  • Assisting with the preparation of grant applications
  • Assisting fee earners with the management of properties
  • Collating beneficiary information
  • Liaising with clients and beneficiaries to keep them updated
  • Ensuring that all incoming correspondence is dealt with in a timely manner, responding to incoming enquiries by telephone and email and updating files accordingly
  • Ensure sensitivity to and awareness of the charity’s reputation and brand in all communications

What we're looking for

  • Experience in probate and within the legal environment
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to deliver outstanding customer service
  • Proven track record for successful and timely completion of tasks
  • Strong administration skills
  • Flexible and collaborative approach to working
  • Excellent IT skills with an in-depth knowledge of MS Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Great time management and organisational ability

Why Foot Anstey?

Foot Anstey is one of the UK's fastest growing law firms. We believe in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values of collaboration over convention, championing aspiration, being refreshingly human, embracing entrepreneurial spirit and delivering integrated thinking guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Developers, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Private Equity, Private Wealth, Retail & Consumer. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from seven bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton, Oxford and London.

Our people are critical to our success. We help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy. We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment.   We are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies. Over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern, which is something that we actively encourage.  Due to the pandemic, the majority of our employees are currently working on a flexible, remote basis.  We anticipate a gradual return to our offices over the upcoming months in line with Government guidance. 

The recruitment process

We appreciate the time and effort it takes to apply for a role. We will acknowledge your application immediately and we will respond within 7 days regardless of outcome.  We review applications on a rolling basis and will move to shortlist as soon as possible. Typically we undertake a two interview stage process. Throughout the process you will receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021.  That’s why this is right at the heart of our priorities.  This goes beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership.

‘Powering your ambition’ is the statement that summarises what we stand for as a firm. It means that we aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

If you have any questions about the role or your application, please contact Debbie Moors, Early Careers Specialist at [email protected] or 02380 173042

And finally…

Good luck!

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.

 

 
 

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