Tickets on Sale for LawCare's Inaugural Online Conference - Building a Better Life in the Law

Legal mental health charity LawCare is hosting its first conference this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. This is your opportunity to learn more about how to improve the culture in the law and how to make your legal organisation a happy and healthy place to work.

The online conference ‘Building a Better Life in the Law’ takes place on Wednesday 28th September and features leaders across the profession who are pioneering new ways of working. They will share their experiences of improving the culture in law through an interactive programme of plenaries, panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions.

The programme has three main tracks: 

•           Starting out – addressing the particular needs of junior lawyers

•           Innovation – in supervision and management

Meet the Sponsors of SecsintheCity’s PA of the Year Awards 2022

SecsintheCity recently announced that Tay Associates will be sponsoring their PA of the Year Awards 2022. Ahead of the awards, SecsintheCity caught up with Tay Associates to find out what their top tips are for this year’s candidates, what makes the awards so successful and why Tay Associates are sponsoring the PA of the Year awards again this year.

Who are Tay Associates?

Tay Associates are industry experts in PA, admin and support staff recruitment, placing the very best talent into their best-matched jobs.

Why did Tay Associates decide to sponsor the SecsintheCity PA of the Year Awards?

Legal Secretary Vacancies July 2022

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

Executive Assistant – SZ Greenfields

Location: City of London

Salary: DOE

SZ Greenfields, a dynamic boutique international City law firm looking for a talented and motivated Executive Assistant.

The ideal candidate will have 2+ years office experience, excellent written and spoken English skills, with the ability to communicate with people at all levels, an eye for detail and first-rate workload management, and a proven interest in working in a legal environment.

View the full job description here:           

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/202453/

Applying the Hierarchy of Needs to Your Studies

Have you noticed that when you feel tired or stressed, it is harder to focus on your studies? There is a theory which explains that when our base needs are met, we can function better in life. This theory forms the hierarchy of needs and was developed by a famous psychologist called Abraham Maslow in the 1950s. It has changed the way we think about psychological health and is used in educational and therapeutic settings as well as workplaces to help people perform at their best. Abraham Maslow was one of the founding fathers of positive psychology and dedicated his life to studies in the field.

What is it Really Like to be a PA?

A personal assistant position can vary hugely from one role to the next, depending on the support the individual or team requires. This makes it an exciting career and allows relevant skills to be transferred across different industry sectors. If you are considering looking for a PA role but want more information on what it is really like to be a personal assistant, read on!

WHAT IS A PERSONAL ASSISTANT?

Whilst no two PA roles are the same, there are several common tasks we see in most PA positions. These include:

How to Answer: “What Do you Know About the Company?”

Before we start, we need to understand what a job interview is. It’s not to be taken lightly, especially if you want to land the job you are striving for. A job interview is a formal meeting between you and your potential employer.

You are asked questions about yourself, your educational background, your work experience and how you can be a relevant asset to the company. When you go for such a meeting, one of the first questions you will be asked is “What do you know about our company?”

The Art of Subtle Self-Promotion

As an administrative professional, you’re used to working behind the scenes. However, to keep your career moving forward, you need to practice some self-promotion.

There’s a big difference between bragging and subtle self-promotion. Bragging is implying that you’re somehow better than others. For instance, “I was just promoted to team lead and got a big raise because I’m the best admin ever!”

Self-promotion can be just simply stating a fact. For example, “After five years with my company, I finally got the promotion I’ve been working towards. It feels rewarding to have accomplished my goal.”

Why You Should Share Your Accomplishments

Sharing your accomplishments is a necessary part of your career development. Here’s why:

The Value of Peer Support

We all know the phrases ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ or ‘it’s good to talk’ but the benefits in talking about how you are feeling go far beyond this. When we are in a difficult situation, we lose our problem-solving abilities. It can be impossible to focus and it can seem overwhelming to choose what action to take. Sometimes a listening ear and a nudge in the right direction is all we need to move on. Social and emotional support and the role of individuals, families and communities in delivering this are vital to managing wellbeing. We all need someone to talk to about personal matters without judgement and in confidence. To listen to us and offer help when things get on top of us.

Civil Litigation - Recent Developments in Fixed Costs

This month we will consider some changes to Part 45 of the Civil Procedural Rules (CPR) that will affect how legal costs are recovered in some civil cases. These changes were first suggested in the 2013 Jackson report, which considered whether more proportionate costs could be achieved with changes to procedures. Following consultations in 2019 it is now expected that in October 2022 there will be a significant development in expanding the use of fixed costs making way for the creation of “intermediate” cases. 

Legal Secretary Vacancies June 2022

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

Admin Support Officer – Free Representation Unit

Location: Hybrid. Grey’s Inn, London/Remote

Salary: £25,029

FRU provides representation in social entitlement and employment tribunals for people who can’t afford lawyers. We represent approximately 500 clients annually in tribunals across London and the South East.