The Ins and Outs of Job Resignation

Whatever your reason for leaving your current Legal Secretary role, whether it be moving firms, progression, looking to retire or relocate, writing a formal letter of resignation is essential.

Our partner, TotallyLegal, wants to help you leave your current role on a professional and positive note. This article will provide guidance on how to resign from your job smoothly. 

The Professional Etiquette

  • Check your notice period: before you hand in your resignation, ensure that you check your firm's resignation policies and notice period, with a particular focus on the policies.  
  • Go to your fee earner first when announcing the news: the discussion about leaving your current position is one to have directly with your fee earner. It’s common courtesy to speak to your superior first, and team second.  
  • Schedule a meeting: be considerate of your employer and schedule a meeting in advance. Giving them a heads up demonstrates that you understand the proper procedure that they need to follow.  
  • Conduct the exit interview: an exit interview gives you the chance to share feedback and have a constructive conversation about the organisation. Be polite, stay professional and don’t focus on the negatives.  
  • Secure your new contract: if you’re seeking a new role elsewhere, or making a career change, it’s always wise to sign your new contract before jumping ship.  

Formulating your Letter of Resignation

  • Stay professional: even if you have a close working relationship with your fee earner, the formality of a resignation notice needs to be followed. 
  • Give thanks for your employment: whatever your experience or tenure with a firm, always thank them for the opportunity.  
  • Don't criticise: leaving on good terms is always wise. Keep it short, succinct, and to the point.   

Resignation Letter

[Your Name] 

[Firm name and address] 


Dear [Fee Earner/HR Manager’s name], 

I am writing to notify you of my resignation from my position as [Job Title] at [Firm/Company Name]. In accordance with my notice period my last day will be [date of last day].  

I want to thank you for the career opportunities you’ve provided and welcoming me into the [Firm’s Name]. I truly appreciate the support given to me during my time at [Firm’s Name]. 

If there is anything I can do to aid the transition, please let me know. 

Kind regards

______________ (signature) 

[Your Name] 

Regardless of your reason for leaving, a well-written resignation letter is crucial. Leaving on good terms with your firm will stand you in good stead for the next stage of your legal career.

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