As the Legal Recruitment Consultant for the South West at TSR Legal, I often witness changing demands in the market for certain legal professionals at particular times of the year.

Within the last quarter of 2016 and heading into the latter part of the year, there has been a large increase in the number of legal secretary positions becoming available across the South West of the UK.

Areas of Demand

Although the roles are emerging all over the region, Exeter is proving to be a real hub for new legal secretarial vacancies. These roles are not in any particular area of law but they are displaying the need to undertake more than just the stereotypical ‘secretarial tasks.’

Legal secretaries within the South West are now required to undertake more client-facing duties such as: opening and closing files, billing and marketing. In some roles, there is also a requirement to perform more PA-like responsibilities such as booking accommodation for Fee Earners traveling across multiple offices.

How to Stand out in Applying for a Legal Secretarial Role

With every secretarial role in the legal profession, there’s always the need to be able to perform the fundamental tasks such as: audio typing, copy typing and preparing legal documentation.

Excellent typing skills of (70WPM plus) are also essential to be considered for any Legal Secretary role, so I always suggest that candidates undertake a typing test and add these results to the start of their CV.

After adding the essentials to perform the role professionally, I also encourage candidates to elaborate on their responsibilities they’ve undertaken to really showcase their all round skill set. Firms are now looking for people to perform more than just the basics. If you have been involved in your firm’s marketing and business development initiatives, it’s definitely worth mentioning

Next Steps

If you are interested in finding out more about the latest legal secretary vacancies available in the South West, you can call me on: 02920 38100 or email me at:

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