Lexcel Assistant

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Department: Business Services
Location: Ipswich
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

Purpose of job

To effectively provide support to:

  • the Risk and Compliance Director to ensure that the firm's compliance and regulatory regime meets current requirements, conditions and client expectations.
  • fee-earners and secretaries in relation to Lexcel accreditation support
  • Logging of Lexcel file review reports and chasing corrective action.
  • Completion of Lexcel file reviews
  • Creating management reports on results of reviews
  • Logging of Peer review reports and chasing corrective action.
  • Make suggestions for improvement of effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Answering with review queries
  • Creation of annual appraisal data
  • Generally support the department with ad hoc tasks.
  • Responsible for ensuring own knowledge and training is kept up to date and requesting training when necessary.
  • File chasing and returning Lexcel review files
  • Management of client file review process
  • Analysis of file review outcomes and if necessary implementation of corrective outcomes

The list is not exhaustive and the duties may be varied from time to time, according to circumstances.

  • Educated to GCSE or O level standard or equivalent
  • Knowledge/experience of anti-money laundering desirable
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of software (including Outlook, Excel & Word)
  • Excellent keyboard skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Highly analytical.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and provide pro-active support to fee earners.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and liaise effectively with other internal departments and external contacts.
  • Team player.
  • Adaptable and flexible.
  • Good organisational abilities.
  • Confident with excellent communication skills
Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.

Core Benefits

  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service
  • Private Healthcare with BUPA (offered after probation is passed)
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme (5% employer / 5% Employee)
  • Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)
  • Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance
  • Paid ESG day (Environmental, Social and Governance)
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Electric car scheme
  • Eye Care Voucher
  • Agile Working Policy
  • Dress for your Day Policy

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.