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This is a fantastic opportunity to join our Legal team, with the addition of a Legal Executive Assistant. In this role you will provide proactive and professional legal support to the Group General Counsel and to the team.

Mercia is a values-based organisation built around being Growth Focused, Trusted, Connected, Responsive and Responsible/Respectful. We work hard to create a workplace which accepts every person’s differences, and our culture is strong and inclusive. We are proud to hear the team describe us as ‘friendly, fun, collaborative, welcoming, exciting, down to earth and caring’. We believe that creating an environment where you can be your best at work makes us stronger.

We know from research that you may not be tempted to apply for a role if you don’t meet all of the experience requirements, but if you can demonstrate that you have transferable skills for this role, then we welcome your application. Equally, if you need any reasonable adjustments through the application or interview process, please just ask us.

This a full-time position and initially you will be expected to work in the office each day to cover our standard induction and training. We are working to a Flex+ policy which allows for core hours and some homeworking during the working week. You would be expected have a full driving licence and your own vehicle to travel to the Henley-in-Arden office and there will be some occasional travel to other offices and locations as required.

In this role you would have responsibility for:

  • Producing and amending legal documents including the creation of precedents and drawing down from templates.
  • Leading on document execution and collation, filing electronic and paper documents.
  • Writing up meeting minutes and assisting with the compilation of Board and Committee meeting packs.
  • Completion of Companies House forms (for approval) and electronic filing.
  • Preparing replies to internal and external correspondence for approval.
  • Regular meetings with the legal team to discuss actions, priorities expectations and future planning.
  • Proactive diary management of the legal team, to include planning and organising meetings, compiling board packs and papers, travel and venue management.
  • Supporting expenses claims.
  • Managing conflicting demands using initiative.
  • Liaison with investment and finance teams.

About you:

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience of working in a legal team, either in private practice or in-house.  Experience of working for a corporate legal team is preferred.
  • Have excellent document production skills, particularly in Word, together with excellent and accurate keyboard skills.
  • Possess good organisational and time management skills to ensure that tasks are effectively scheduled within working time available, and that urgent work is completed and returned within the specified timescales.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Be self-motivated and able to work under pressure, without supervision and to a high standard.
  • Always provide an outstanding level of client service, with keen attention paid to every detail.
  • As trusted member of both the legal team and the wider Mercia team, you will have professional integrity.
  • Have good computer skills, including advanced skills in Microsoft applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience using DocuSign, although training can be provided.
  • Mercia’s culture is a key part of our success and so it’s important that you share our Mercia Core Values (Growth Focused, Responsive, Connected, Responsible/Respectful, Trusted).
  • You should have the right to work in the UK.
  • You should have a full driving licence and access to your own vehicle.
  • As part of the recruitment process, you must complete the FCA’s Fit and Proper Persons questionnaire in accordance with how Mercia has determined that it is relevant to the role.

What we can offer you:

In addition to your base salary, we offer a broad and exciting range of perks and benefits, including family-friendly policies, wellbeing support, Mercia Spirit charity days, regular 1-2-1’s, mentoring and support with training and career development.

#OneMercia benefits

We value diversity at Mercia and are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment equally and fairly, regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or religious beliefs, gender or gender realignment, sexual orientation or marital status, disability, responsibility for dependants or age. In your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you prefer to use.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy if we receive sufficient applications for the position. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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