If you are considering becoming a legal secretary you should expect a somewhat varied role that involves giving admin support to solicitors, lawyers, paralegals, legal executives and other legal staff. Legal secretaries will also be required to deal with any day to day tasks required by the firm they are working for. Legal secretary roles are generally available in solicitors firms, barristers’ chambers, law courts, estate agents and in the police and armed forces.
The main task for a legal secretary is to create legal documents such as leases, wills and other contracts as required. Legal Secretaries often carry out work using recorded tapes from Dictaphones provided by solicitors. The tapes are then used to help the legal secretary create letters.
Other duties of a legal secretary include dealing with telephone enquiries creating faxes and sending emails. A legal secretary will also be responsible for organising the diary of the solicitor and pencilling in any appointments and court appearances as required. Some record keeping and control of petty cash is also often left to legal secretaries. Occasionally attending police cells or court with the solicitor may also be required. As well as these duties legal secretaries will also carry out any clerical work that is required.