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September 2013

Alternative Routes for Legal Secretaries Diploma Graduates

The role of a Legal Secretary in the United Kingdom is viewed as a specialist niche area within the legal profession. Law firms rely heavily on Secretaries due to their expertise in administration and technology and their knowledge of law and legal procedures. Based on that theory, Legal Secretaries are beneficial not just to law firms.

Employment Law Updates in 2013

Employment law updates are not broadly announced unless you look for them. On 29 July 2013, updates to current employment legislation were made under government reforms. There were only a handful of planned reforms that launched on 29 July; nevertheless, these reforms should be highlighted for both employers and employees. 

National Minimum Wage Increase

Five Ways to Boost Your Confidence Before a Job Interview

A lack of self-confidence is often the underlying cause of a lack of job offers. So what can you do to pump up your feelings of self-worth and personal positivity before an interview?

Legal PA of the Year Awards 2013

Following the massive success of last year’s awards and after months of preparation and work behind the scenes, nominations for the Legal PA of The Year Awards are now OPEN!

Shining a light on the UK's most inspirational Legal PAs and Secretaries, the Legal PA of The Year Awards is the only ceremony of its kind fully supported by the legal profession.

The categories open this year are:

The Importance of Good Client Care

This month we will consider a recent publication by the Legal Ombudsman about client care1 and note what lessons might be learnt. The leaflet contains many general points about client care, but in particular it focuses on vulnerable clients such as the elderly and issues they might have. This is a subject that those who have completed the Wills, Probate and Administration unit of the Legal Secretaries Diploma course will be familiar with. 

The Relocation of ILSPA’s Head Office

ILSPA’s head office is now based in the heart of Devon within the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall Estate. We have had the opportunity to expand to a fantastic office suite in a setting which is inspiring and peaceful. It is very much a contrast to the busy London environment we operated from previously, but we feel that it is a positive move which has encouraged productivity and motivation within the company. 

The Value of Flexitime: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Do you have a need for flexitime? It’s an issue for people working across all industries – particularly women with families – and here at Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment we believe that the introduction of flexitime could improve staff attraction and retention in law firms. Earlier this year, when extended family-related leave came into force in the UK, Douglas Scott carried out a study which revealed that almost half of legal employees would like flexitime.

Tougher Legislation Needed for Online Trolls and Bullies

The topic of online trolls and bullies is hot news at the moment, but it’s also been around for some time. The tragic death of Hannah Smith has highlighted this issue and brought to the attention of parents and other people that while online media has its benefits, it hides a dark flaw and allows people to abuse and bully. Unfortunately many people clearly feel that nothing can or will be done to prevent such overt abuse.