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Anyone A Legal Secretary?

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NikaKaKa Mon 05-Jun-17 10:55:19

I'm currently 15 weeks pregnant and pretty sure that I won't be returning to my current role as a HR Manager once I've finished Maternity Leave.

I've been thinking about my career path and I'm interested in becoming a Legal Secretary.

Can anyone tell me about their role as a Legal Secretary and how did you become one? Are there certain qualifications required? Do you enjoy it?

TIA

MintyVixxxx Sat 17-Jun-17 20:57:19

I used to be a legal secretary. I worked for a firm of solicitors and was secretary to one of the partners of the firm. Audio typing, diary management, greeting clients and dealing with their phone calls and queries were the main roles of the job, you have to be able to type accurately but really, practice makes perfect and all that. I didn't have any specific qualifications other than RSA word and text processing (have a feeling they've changed since I did them).

MintyVixxxx Sat 17-Jun-17 20:58:44

Ps. Depending on the type of law you work in, you maybe be expected to lodge applications, prepare court bundles etc. It's really specific to the type of law you work in. X

SueGeneris Sat 17-Jun-17 21:01:44

I also used to be a legal secretary. I had no typing qualifications or anything. It was initially a part time job I got to support my masters degree.

Minty describes the work well. I would think you should have plenty of transferable skills from HR - will just be a question of persuading firms why you want to make the switch.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 17-Jun-17 22:47:46

Yes I am.
Job changed massively since I started out (so 20 odd years experience). I have a law degree and secretarial qualifications. Don't do much typing - lawyers all have speech recognition tech. Mainly MI, sorting out billinq issues, dealing with supplier invoices and payment chasers. Some PA work for a Partner so diary management expenses claims, setting up presentations on powerpoint, that sort of thing. Using the internal conferencing systems to set up internal and external conferencing. Can't discuss the work as its specialist and identifying but work on files indexing and categorising documents and evidence. Prepare bundles for settlement meetings etc. Have my own task diary to run on case management systems. Also open new files onto our systems - we have strict procedures for this to comply with internal, external regulatory requirements and SLAs. Draft some basic correspondence which is checked and signed out by a lawyer. That's mainly it I think.

NikaKaKa Mon 19-Jun-17 09:10:14

Thanks so much for replying and giving me food for thought @EnlightenedOwl @SueGeneris @MintyVixxxx

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