Q&A with Aaron Bailey: Legal PA of the Year Finalist

Last year, SecsintheCity caught up with Legal PA Aaron Bailey, one of the PA of the Year finalists in 2021. In this Q&A you can find out about Aaron’s journey to becoming a Legal PA, the incredible work he has done for the LGBTQIA+ community and his experience of being a finalist at the SecsintheCity PA of the Year Awards.

How did you become a Legal PA?

Finding Joy in Your Role

Some people choose a certain career path in life, as they feel that it is their calling. They are naturally gifted in their field and have a passion for what they do. In psychology, this is referred to as self-actualisation. Self-actualised people strive to achieve their highest potential and find meaning in their work. They love what they do and experience great joy in performing their roles. In respect of ILSPA’s Members, they can find their work interesting and rewarding and recognise that they make a significant contribution to their legal departments.

What if you don’t feel like this though? What if your heart is not in it and you don’t know what to do? One solution is to find a new job, of course, but there are ways in which you can change your mindset to feel more positive about your role.

Civil Litigation – Review of Reforms 2022

In a previous article on reforms to civil litigation, we looked at the expanding use of fixed costs. This month, we will consider the Civil Justice Council (CJC) review of pre-action protocols.

If you have studied one of our courses covering this area, you may recall that a protocol sets out what must be done in a claim before any legal proceedings commence. There are currently 17 specific protocols in force that apply to a wide range of claims, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Construction disputes
  • Housing disrepair
  • Defamation
  • Package travel and debt claims

Even when there is no specific protocol for a particular type of claim, you are still expected to follow the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct.

How to Answer “Tell me About Yourself”

Simple queries can occasionally lead to embarrassing situations if one is not adequately prepared for them. The interview question “Tell me about yourself”, for example, should be a no-brainer. However, this typical interview question continues to baffle candidates of all levels of expertise. It may be claimed that this is partly due to the open-ended nature of the question, as it is not immediately clear if the interviewer is seeking a brief biography, a full CV or a combination of the two. These concerns, like those associated with any difficult interview topic, can be addressed with appropriate preparation and understanding of the interviewer’s rationale for asking the question.

What does the interviewer want to know?

How to Include Bullet Points in Your CV

What is a CV? CV is short for curriculum vitae, which is a Latin term meaning course of (one’s) life; it is a summary of a person’s career, education and qualifications in written form. A CV is also referred to as a résumé (French word) at times, but there is a difference. Résumés are usually single-page summaries of your work experience and background information, whereas a CV is usually longer and more comprehensive.

CVs include all the past experiences of a professional worker along with information about the educational background of the person. A CV is what anyone presents when showing up for a job interview; however, résumés are also accepted. Now we return to the question at hand, and that is whether bullet points in a CV can help it look better and more presentable.

What is Temping & How do Temp Agencies Work?

Temping is short-term work done by a candidate who is employed through a recruitment agency, is on their payroll and is paid hourly for the work they provide. As a temp candidate, you are not committed to provide notice, and a client can also end the assignment at any time, so there is a huge amount of flexibility for both parties. A temporary candidate is often sourced at the last minute to cover a period of absence, sickness or leave and can be used to assist in a wide variety roles and levels.

In this article we explore what temping is, how temp agencies work and what the benefits of temping are for both a candidate and a client.

What is a temp job?

Legal Secretary Vacancies September 2022

Here is a selection of vacancies from our Legal Secretary Jobs Board this month:

Legal Secretary – Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Location: Worcester

Salary: £20,000-£25,000

We are currently looking for a proactive, highly organised, service focused individual to fulfil a crucial role in our support staff within our Private Client Team. The Private Client team is a key part of the business and acts for many clients

Based in Worcester and reporting to the Legal Support Manager you will provide in-depth business support to the Partners and fee earners within the team.

View the full job description here:           

ILSPA’s New Partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs is delighted to announce its partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University. The University has developed a new degree programme in Business Law and Management, which has been successfully accredited by ILSPA. The University’s aim is to bring awareness to the alternative roles which can be secured in the legal profession, such as Paralegal, Legal Secretary and Licensed Conveyancer, rather than the traditional roles of a Solicitor or Barrister. Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Met has a great mantra - 'Get Competent, Get Qualified, Get Hired’, which mirrors ILSPA’s ethos.

Legal Secretary Vacancies August 2022

Here is a selection of vacancies from our Legal Secretary Jobs Board this month:

Legal Secretary – LF Legal Limited

Location: Central London

Salary: from £25,000

This dynamic, forward-thinking firm based in Central London firm is looking to recruit a Legal Secretary with a good level of legal secretarial experience who is able to assist in file opening and closing, admin, drafting documents, billing, client and third party contact, and general secretarial work.

View the full job description here:           

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/206777/

Secretary – De Pinna Notaries

Location: London

How to Answer “What is your greatest strength?”

You have to be smart and on top of your game when you're about to answer interview questions. When asked a tricky question, you need to be able to answer confidently with something that not only appeals to the interviewers but stays relevant to you and your professional skills.

One of the most common job interview questions is “What is your greatest strength?”.

This question can be difficult to answer because you want to make sure that you are highlighting your strengths in a way that is relevant to the job you are interviewing for. In this blog post, we will discuss how to answer this question and provide some tips on how to stand out from the competition.