An Interview with Kimberley Evans - ILSPA Graduate

Former ILSPA Student Kimberley Evans was working as a teacher when she decided to take the plunge and go for a career in law. An encounter with a family law Solicitor prompted Kimberley to study ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course. Since she completed the course at the end of 2018, Kimberley’s career has gone from strength to strength. She is using her current role as a Legal Secretary for the Qualifying Work Experience needed to become a Solicitor and hopes to cross-qualify as a Barrister in the future.

Legal Secretary Vacancies September 2021

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

Legal Secretary - Conveyancing – Campbell Hooper & Co LLP

Location: Sunningdale, Berkshire

Salary: Competitive

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced legal secretary/legal executive to join a friendly and flexible firm on the Berkshire/Surrey borders.

The part-time position would include supporting and assisting the conveyancing partner, who also undertakes wills and probate work, in all aspects of their property work.

View the full job description here:           

The Best Free Online Audio Typing Resources

Audio typing is a valuable skill for those wishing to improve their professional abilities as a Legal Secretary. There are a number of jobs that list audio typing as a stipulation, and although it is not a skill that is always required, it may enable you to welcome better job prospects.

We have put together a list of the best online resources for Legal Secretaries looking to improve their audio typing skills.

Typing.com

The Solution-Focused Way

Finding solutions is not just what Secretaries do in their jobs every day; it’s also a necessary part of being resilient that can help us deal with life’s problems. The interesting thing about being solution-focused is that it’s not even necessary to know the details of a problem in order to fix it. You just have to focus on how you want things to be different and work towards that.

Analysing the problem won’t help solve the problem

How to Show Employers You Are Passionate About Law

Whether you want to be a Legal Secretary, a Paralegal or a Lawyer, the law industry can be very competitive. Because of this, it’s crucial that you do everything in your power to boost your CV. 

This is particularly important in the legal industry because lots of law graduates and professionals will have similar qualifications. Therefore, you need to work that bit harder to stand out from the crowd.

By demonstrating your passion for the industry, as well as the role you’re applying for, you could give yourself a competitive edge over other candidates. But how do you go about doing this?

Well, our partner Simply Law have put together a few suggestions for ways in which you can show employers how passionate you are about law. 

Digital Divorce

In one of our recent journal articles, it was reported that bugs in the digital divorce system had caused a delay in the introduction of no-fault divorces. Despite these setbacks, the digital divorce service is still set to replace the traditional paper D8 form from 13 September 2021. After this date, the Court Service will expect divorce applications to be made using the digital divorce process. There is a short transition period finishing on 4 October, but after this date, the paper D8 form will no longer be accepted. There are a few limited exceptions to the use of the online process, and paper applications will still be used for civil partnerships, judicial separation and applications for petitions of nullity.

5 Types of Office Clutter That Kill Your Productivity

Clutter: The collection of “stuff” lying around that creates disorganisation in your workplace. It sabotages your productivity and can adversely affect your mental health day in and day out.

It’s time to get it under control!

Research has shown that cluttered spaces have negative effects on stress and anxiety levels, the ability to focus, eating choices and even sleep. It also creates a poor first impression of your perceived skills and abilities at the office when someone stops by your desk.

Legal Secretary Vacancies August 2021

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

Legal Secretary – Ruth Taylor Family Law

Location: Northampton

Salary: £20,000-£23,000

Ruth Taylor is a very busy family law practice.  They consist of one full time solicitor, Ruth.  She is assisted by her full time experienced Legal Secretary Sally and currently with a part time Secretary.  They are looking for another full time experienced Legal Secretary to work with them.

View the full job description here:           

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/178141/

Legal Secretary – Jones & Co

Location: Bawtry

The PA Show 2021 — It’s Time to Focus on You!

The PA Show is the largest gathering of Executive Support Professionals in the UK, bringing together 1,000s+ of the community under one roof.

Whether you’re a PA, Executive Assistant, Legal Secretary, Office Manager, Virtual Assistant or involved in office support in any way, The PA Show offers you the chance to enhance your skills and knowledge, grow your network of contacts and source premium global suppliers to support you in your role.

The PA Show offers unique access to a wealth of CPD-accredited training designed to help support functional professionals excel at every stage of their career.

Divorce — The Blame Game Continues

The introduction of “no-fault” divorce this October has suffered a setback as it will now not be introduced until 6 April 2022 at the earliest. The reason for the delay is that the online divorce system has not been fully developed and tested. This is particularly disappointing, as the changes have not only been anticipated for several years but became a certainty in 2020 with the passing of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act. This act brought in a much-welcomed change to the 50-year-old fault-based system which a person must for the time being still rely on to get divorced.