I enrolled for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course due to the fact that since I was young I always dreamt of being a Solicitor. As I grew up, I undertook experience in major law firms – Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons. After these experiences my passion for law was confirmed, so I sought to look for relevant experience and to get a qualification before I began my Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
I really look forward to my studies every Wednesday at the Institute, mainly due to the fact that I enjoy the way my tutor teaches; he is very interactive and fully explains each module and is so willing to answer questions.
“Would you say you’re a good communicator?” is a classic interview question, but the follow-up, “Explain why”, can really scupper interviewees, who might find themselves mumbling and scrabbling for examples and looking like anything but a good communicator!
In my younger days people would say that shorthand and typing were “such useful skills” and that one would scarcely be out of a job with such aptitudes tucked under one’s belt.
‘Shorthand’ includes many types both written with the pen and produced by machines. Pitman, Gregg and Teeline are renowned pen methods, whereas Stenotype and Palantype are well-known machine systems.
This month we are considering a recent Supreme Court case and whether it affects the Law of Contract. The Law of Contract is covered in Unit 2 of ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course, where the elements of what makes a legally binding agreement are considered. As with any area of law, there are continual developments which your regular reading of the Legal Secretaries Journal and News section of our Membership area should help you keep up to date with.
Formation of a contract
The topic of human trafficking and modern-day slavery is an issue that is always guaranteed to provoke emotion in people. Some official sources are claiming that there has been up to a 300 per cent rise in human trafficking numbers from certain countries (Albania, Lithuania, Romania, Vietnam, etc.) in just two years.
This really is an abhorrent side to modern-day life. Despite the fact that slavery should have been fully abolished back in the 19th century, an alarmingly large number of criminals are making vast sums of money out of trafficking humans around the world.
If you have covered Constitutional Law in some detail, you will appreciate just how difficult it can be to get Private Members’ Bills pushed all the way through both houses of Parliament in order to become law. Only a very small percentage of these bills acquire Royal Assent and become statutes. Therefore, it is interesting when a Private Member’s Bill appears to be attracting more attention than usual, especially when it covers such an important aspect of family and criminal law.
Children’s care homes have been all over the news in recent weeks after scandals have erupted around the dangers of being unable to access information on children’s homes. This has concerned the delicate topic of how it has enabled children to be groomed by gangs and paedophiles.
This month we are doing something a little different and looking at the big picture so far as English law is concerned. This is something that is covered in the first unit of the Legal Secretary Diploma so that students can get a good grasp of how English laws are created. By knowing something about the ‘big’ picture, you are showing an interest in the same thing that intrigues many lawyers.