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The UK VA Conference at The PA Show 2019

The PA Show 2019 (formerly Office* Show) will once again play host to the UK VA Conference. The show will take place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London on ‘VA Day’, 27th February 2019.

The UK VA Conference 2019 has compiled an agenda that will appeal to a whole range of Virtual Assistants and their skill levels – from start-up newcomers to established and successful Virtual Assistants.

Read on to see the complete agenda along with information about the hugely popular free VA Breakfast session that will be held before the event to kick off VA Day.

Session One 10:15am: #MyVAFuture - What should my VA business model be?

From sole trader to limited company - from freelance, to associates, to employees, to franchise. Our Expert Panel will share their experiences of working with the different models for a Virtual Assistant business. Presentations with the opportunity for a Q & A should help you make your own choices towards establishing your own preferred business model.

Session speakers will include: popular trainer Joanne Munro of VA Handbook, England VA of the Year 2014, Jane Cattermole of Bay Tree, and Rebecca Newenham of Get Ahead VA, a fast growing VA business that expands with a franchise model.

ILSPA’s Evening Class

Evening Classes.jpgILSPA has been working with aspiring Legal Secretaries since 1990 and one of our main aims is to provide recognised and affordable training to Students. As such, ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course is one of the most comprehensive and best value courses on the market.

The course is a vocational qualification, designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to gain employment as a Legal Secretary. One of the ways the course can be studied is through attending evening classes at Regent’s University in London.

In this article, we will be discussing our evening classes in more depth and outlining the benefits of attending a taught class if you live in or around London.

ILSPA’s classes are taught over 14 lessons which take place between 6.30 and 9.30pm one evening per week. Although there are 14 weeks of classes, you have up to one year to complete the course. Alongside attending classes, you will need to set aside some time to study and complete coursework at home each week.

PA of the Year Awards 2018 - Joyce Dadzie

Joyce Dadzie - ILSPA Article.jpgOn 8 November, the 7th annual PA of the Year awards took place at the prestigious Ivy Restaurant in London. Hosted by SecsintheCity – the UK’s only job site dedicated to Personal and Executive Assistants – the ceremony recognises and champions the very best talent and achievements in the industry.

We asked Joyce Dadzie, Legal EA at progressive firm Axiom and winner of the Outstanding Achievement award, to shine a light on her career thus far and give us a rundown of the glamorous awards ceremony.

Q: How did you become an EA?

A: During my time at Transport for London as the Business Admin Team Lead, I took a secondment as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer. I have always been the “organised one” amongst my peers and came to realise that the role of an Executive Assistant not only suited my personality but was a role I could thrive in. The excitement of having to juggle so many things at once and the delight in completion of tasks and successful events really keeps me going. After the secondment, my career as an Executive Assistant has gone from strength to strength.

Q: What’s great about your job at Axiom?

Train for 12 Months in a New York Law Firm

Mountbatten Program.pngThe Mountbatten Program has opportunities in New York for graduates and young professionals, beginning in March 2019.

Our New York program provides you with an international business toolkit to succeed in an increasingly competitive labour market. It’s a golden opportunity to learn about American business practices and gain exposure to US culture and the US legal environment. You will develop your skills and experience, expand your professional network and have the opportunity to travel. Although we work with a number of law firms, we also have placements in a wide range of industries and departments, so this could be an opportunity to branch out.

The program includes:

  • A full-time, paid internship and work-based learning at a host organisation in New York – including US law firms and global corporations
  • A professional development program or a business-related Master’s or MBA
  • Accommodation and the opportunity to live in one of the world’s greatest cities
  • A generous monthly allowance to support you in New York

Placements are available in:

Juriosity – The New Legal Networking and Knowledge-Sharing Platform

Juriosity.pngJuriosity is the new home of the law online. As well as being a directory of legal professionals including barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel and legal secretaries, Juriosity’s Knowledge Centre keeps you up to date on legal analysis and news.

Registering your profile on Juriosity is free and enables you to have a valuable digital presence alongside other legal professionals. You can tailor your Knowledge Feed to your specialisms and follow specific individuals or organisations that you are interested in so that you always stay informed on the latest developments.

You can also use Juriosity to self-publish articles and contribute to the Knowledge Centre, demonstrating your expertise to site visitors. The wealth of content from leading practitioners and organisations in Juriosity’s Knowledge Centre allows you to research topics of interest, advance your knowledge and develop a broader understanding of different practice areas.

ILSPA’s New Blog

blog.jpgWe are delighted to announce that we have a new blog on our main website. Every week we will be sharing our news, views and suggestions with you so that you can keep up to date with us on a regular basis.

Through our blog, we can express ourselves in a more informal way than our journal. We will be making recommendations to advance your skills and encouraging professional development, as always! You will be able to see what discounts are currently available to you through ILSPA, whilst learning about other companies which can help you with your career.

Our blog is a great place for us to share any news from the legal industry as well as events taking place which you might be interested in. Throughout the year, you can attend Legal Secretary-related conferences, award shows, job fairs and exhibitions, so do take a look as our blog gets busier in order to see what’s going on.

Staying in tune with your profession though our blog and journal helps you feel that you are part of a community. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced Legal Secretary, we aim to give you helpful advice so that you are well informed and can be at the top of your game.

Executive PA Awards 2018

Executive PA.pngThis year the Executive PA Awards are being held on Wednesday 14 November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Australia. And one very lucky UK PA will have the chance to attend courtesy of Executive PA Media!

The Executive PA Awards are a fantastic event which hosts up to 300 EAs from around the world. They are the oldest and most established awards for administration professionals and with nominations accepted from 121 countries they are the only EA & PA awards that are run globally. The awards provide a platform to profile and recognise the essential work of the executive support profession to an international audience. 

There are numerous categories to which nominations can be submitted including one for PA of the Year UK. Last year the winner, Jo Jones from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, was flown to Australia to receive her award at the Gala Dinner and hosted in Sydney for a week, courtesy of Executive PA Media. This year the well deserving winner of PA of the Year UK will be flown to Melbourne and hosted there for 5 nights. The winner will also receive their trophy at the awards gala dinner and be featured in the Chief of Staff magazine.

Recruiters Can Advertise Legal Secretary Jobs for Free!

Free Posts - Jobs Board.jpgILSPA’s Legal Secretary Jobs Board is a hub for Legal Secretary vacancies. We advertise a wide range of positions in London and throughout the UK, from law firms, legal recruiters and other legal jobs boards.

For a limited period, recruiters can post their vacancies for FREE on our jobs board. We simply want to provide the best opportunities for recruiters and candidates right now. ILSPA’s aim is to bring together legal recruiters and top-quality candidates to help them achieve their goals.

Recruiters can benefit from a niche audience of Legal Secretaries who have the qualifications and experience they are looking for. The advantage of niche jobs boards is that they are specific to certain careers, as opposed to the large generic job boards that advertise vacancies from all different professions.

After posting a job, recruiters receive applications from qualified and experienced Legal Secretaries, and have their vacancy emailed to the best-matching candidates. We also share vacancies on our social media – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Submit Your Nomination for PA of the Year 2018

Legal PA of the Years Awards.jpgSecsintheCity have just launched their 7th annual PA of the Year Awards, championing the business-critical contribution that PAs and EAs make to the organisations they work for.

If you’re a talented PA or EA, or work with someone who you think should be recognised, submit your nomination today.

Click here to nominate yourself or a colleague.

Why enter?

Winning Legal PA of the Year is recognition of your hard work and a career highlight not to be missed.

There are fantastic prizes to be won, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Ivy, London, on Thursday 8th November.

Lyn Lennox, PA to a Director at The Law Society and winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017, said that winning the award was not only a massive confidence boost but that it is her “ultimate career accolade”.

Reflecting on the awards evening, Lyn said the event was the closest she will ever get to the Oscars and an evening she will not forget: “All the PAs were made to feel completely VIP with a champagne reception, special gifts at our tables, wonderful food and wine. I made lots of new friends who I have connected with on LinkedIn.”

Legal Skills Academy: Shaping the Next Generation

Westminster.jpgThe University of Westminster is delighted to invite ILSPA’s Students and Members to their Legal Skills Academy: Shaping the Next Generation. The evening cocktail event will bring together alumni, professionals in the legal sector and friends of the Law School.

Date: Thursday 14 June 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Location: Portland Hall, Little Titchfield Street campus, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7BY

RSVP: Please register your place online before Monday 11 June

The University of Westminster Law School is a leading provider of legal education with an international reputation. Their central London school has engaged with more than 50 law firms, chambers and professional associations to build strong working relationships. These partnerships have played a vital role in the success of Legal Skills Academy, which aims to increase law students’ employability through events, workshops and guest lectures.

This event serves to thank those who have previously supported the Law School, as well as foster the opportunity to build new partnerships. The evening will feature speeches from Elizabeth Duff, Head of Westminster Law School, and alumnus Jamie Hunt (LLB Law 2005).