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Legal secretary

Legal secretaries provide administrative support for lawyers and legal executives.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

36 to 38 a week

  • administration skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In this role you could be:

  • producing legal documents like wills and contracts
  • preparing court forms and statements
  • handling confidential information
  • working from solicitors' written notes and audio files (dictation)
  • dealing with clients
  • making appointments and managing diaries
  • accompanying solicitors to court or police stations
  • delivering and collecting documents
  • keeping records, filing and general administrative work

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

With experience you could become a senior secretary, PA or office manager in larger firms.

With further qualifications, you could become a legal executive, paralegal or licensed conveyancer.

You could also work towards training as a solicitor or barrister.

You can get more advice about legal secretary careers from The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs.

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