Japanese Speaking Immigration Specialist, Senior Associate, London
About the role
The now 100-strong Immigration team are working together to drive forward the firms immigration offering, working with the PwC expatriate tax and global mobility practice.
Providing an array of immigration services to a range of clients including financial institutions, energy companies and large multi-nationals as well as private clients and entrepreneurs, successful candidates will be committed to our vision of moving the practice forward and operating within a truly global network.
We are looking for a paralegal/solicitor to assist with our Japanese client team.
As an immigration paralegal/solicitor, you will be a key member of a client engagement team with clear objectives and responsibilities. You will actively work and support the client engagement team to ensure engagement deadlines are met in a timely fashion by managing and being responsible for key client projects. You will act as the mai
n contact to the client, understanding their business, their issues and quickly addressing queries and work requests.
You will be involved in assisting with the provision of immigration services for our Japanese clients, providing advice and assistance under the supervision of one of our senior paralegals/solicitors or managers. This will involve liaising with your team members and, at times, the client in order to ensure effective, timely and accurate administration of the immigration service/advice. You will also have responsibility for delegating to more junior staff.
The primary function of your role will be drafting and reviewing immigration applications. In essence you will be managing the complete immigration process, from receiving the initial instruction through to completion, including Certificate of Sponsorship applications, extensions, further leave to remain and entry clearance applications.
In this role you’ll:
Responsible for managing the internal client database to ensure the progress of applications is kept completely up to date
Assisting with the management of projects to ensure deadlines are met
Attending and preparing for client and engagement team meetings, distribute actions plan and follow up where necessary
Assisting with client engagement accounting, including billing and collection issues
Assisting with the client billing programme of an engagement team including preparation of draft budgets and fee schedules.
Understanding and assisting the engagement team to ensure it follows PwC’s protocols for record keeping and document handling
Assisting with the risk management checks for new and ongoing clients
Undertaking technical and practical legal research including identification, collation, and distribution of the information
You will benefit from performing a key role in an internationally networked team with a high profile in the immigration industry.
Essential skills and experience
Strong immigration experience
Proficient in Japanese, particularly writing and speaking at advanced business level and understanding basic Japanese business culture
Strong client service skills with the ability to provide advice on complex cases
Able to demonstrate resilience, self-motivation and a positive can do attitude
Hard-working and committed to completing tasks well with good attention to detail
Ability to confidently deal with demanding situations, people and requirements
Proven organisational skills
Clear, articulate and confident written and verbal communication skills
Primarily a team player but able to work under own initiative
Proficient in use of office software and Online research resource
Experience of public speaking – this is a plus rather than essential