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20 Feb 2018

Project Facilitator – Advocate Briefing

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr –  South Africa

Job Description

Company Name: Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Job Category: Support
Job Location: Johannesburg South Africa
Job Reference:  PF-ADVBrief-JHB-Jan2018

Education and experience

  • This role will suit a seasoned litigation secretary or an Attorney who has completed articles in a commercial law firm.
  • Matric / Legal or paralegal qualification
  • An LLB or equivalent legal qualification will be advantageous
  • Extensive experience working as a litigation secretary within a corporate law firm or 1-2 years post articles experience within a similar environment
  • Working knowledge of the Advocate briefing process, the role of the Advocate as well as Advocate billing and payment models

Tasks and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

General administration

  • Working with the NPH’s and PSL’s in designing a recording and reporting system to track Advocate spend across Practice Areas and within teams
  • Ensuring that the information capturing system and processes are efficient and user friendly
  • Ascertaining that relevant reports that are easy to interpret can be generated from the system
  • Developing an automated report distribution process
  • Tracking and monitoring Director, Team and Practice Area progress on achieving desired transformation in Advocate briefing patterns
  • Working with the NPH’s and PSL’s to create a repository of Advocate information (including performance feedback) to facilitate the desired transformation in Advocate briefing patterns and spend

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Strong analytical and problem- solving skills
  • Relationship development and management
  • Project Management, planning, organising and coordinating skills
  • Knowledge of the corporate legal sector in South Africa, with particular reference to the role of the Advocate
  • Assertiveness and gravitas
  • Relationship building and people skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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