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Legal executive

Legal executives specialise in one area of law and carry out similar tasks to solicitors.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £100,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Depending on your specialism, your role may be:

  • advising clients and explaining legal matters
  • contacting professionals, like mortgage lenders, planning officers or other lawyers on behalf of clients
  • researching and summarising legal information
  • preparing legal documents
  • writing to clients
  • drawing up wills
  • preparing contracts
  • representing clients in court
  • preparing bills for clients

You could work at a police station, in a court or in an office.

With experience, you could take on more complex cases and build up a large client base. You could also progress to leading a team of legal executives and secretaries, or become a practice manager in a law firm.

With further study, you could qualify as a solicitor.

You can get more details about a legal executive career from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

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