Legal Support Assistant

North Lanarkshire
08 Aug 2017
05 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here

About Ashurst Glasgow and the Role:

The legal services market is undergoing fundamental change. The key drivers of that change are regulation, technology and client expectations. Changes in regulation mean that new entrants are joining the legal services market. Technology advances are increasingly impacting the way in which services are delivered and technology is driving greater efficiency. Clients are also expecting their law firms to deliver more value. The traditional model for delivering legal services is therefore being redefined.

Our clients want us to take responsibility for efficient sourcing of legal services without compromising on quality. We also want to maximise operational efficiency and remain competitive and innovative.

To respond to these challenges, Ashurst established a new office in Glasgow in 2013 to deliver innovate, market-leading legal sourcing solutions, consistent with Ashurst's status as a global elite firm. These are innovative, legal roles reflecting the fundamental changes in the provision of legal services and you will have an opportunity to be at the forefront of change and to help to shape the new model. You will provide high quality, highly skilled legal input to colleagues within the Ashurst global network of offices, covering a wide range of transactions and advice for Ashurst's premier client base.

Within the office, the legal team is now over 60 strong, with significant growth plans. The team have an extremely flexible skill-set and have been trained across a number of different areas of work. As such, our ambition is for our legal team in Glasgow to support all our practice groups globally.

The team has already worked alongside 16 separate Ashurst offices internationally on over 1,000 projects for 270 different clients. Our plans are to increase very substantially the amount of legal work which we deliver from our team in Glasgow.

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations

Business Area - Ashurst Advance

Role: Legal Support Assistant

Location: Glasgow

Reporting to: Legal Analyst Development Manager and Senior Legal Analyst

Hours of work - Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:30. You will be required to work such hours as are necessary to carry out your duties.

Overview - The role of the Legal Support Assistant is to provide proactive and professional administrative support to the members of the legal analyst and legal technologist team in Glasgow.

Main responsibilities:

The main element of the Legal Support Assistant role is to be part of a core team managing a large scale project and will involve high volume administration with managing and maintaining spreadsheets, tracking emails, producing daily internal reports for lawyers and partners, liaising with fee earners and internal support functions from across the globe to deal with any queries they may have, updating work trackers, meeting deadlines, completing matter opening templates and generating matter numbers on our NBI systems.

In addition to this the Legal Support Assistant will be able to be involved in the following tasks

Bibling tasks
Small redaction exercises
Disputes document review
Running document comparisons
Pro-bono projects
Data verification
Prospectus verification
Proof reading
Hard copy document management (execution of documents, setting up and managing data rooms, bibles)

Tasks undertaken by the Legal Support Assistant will grow and develop as the Legal Team expands.

Essential skills and experience:

Educated to at least Higher Standard or equivalent
HNC or HND in business or legal services is desirable but not essential
Strong time management skills
Attention to detail and thoroughness are essential
Good written and oral communication skills and polite and courteous telephone manner
Committed, hardworking and responsible
Ability to manage own workload
High levels of IT skills and competence in particular familiarity with Outlook, Word and Excel an advantage

Our Culture is shaped by our core values of Collaboration, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity and Accountability. They guide how we relate with each other, our clients, and our behaviour.