Legal Secretary

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
13 Feb 2019
03 Apr 2019
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

This is a permanent or FTC opportunity. If you have any questions please email

Purpose of Role: To provide a high standard of secretarial support to partners/lawyers across the specified practice

Core responsibilities

• Preparing correspondence and documents from digital dictation alongside proofreading speech recognition dictation
• Answering/making telephone calls
• Managing the case management system (as appropriate)
• Keeping case files organised and logical
• Preparing documentation bundles and use of e-bundling software (where appropriate)
• Setting up of new files/archiving of files
• Filing, photocopying, scanning and faxing
• Use of clients external systems for downloading and uploading of documents 
• Checking of notification in-boxes and/or homeworker in-boxes 
• Copying disks
• Use of encryption software
• Assisting with the planning and booking of travel arrangements
• Assisting fee earners with admin tasks e.g. expenses, diarising meetings etc.
• Booking client meetings
• Assisting with ad-hoc business development and communications activities to include but not limited to producing branded presentations and team sheets in PowerPoint, mail merges in Word, spreadsheets in Excel, client contact reports, printing and collating delegate packs and possible meeting and greeting of delegates 
• An understanding of financial administration e.g. understand financial cycle of bills appropriate to external client, to keep accurate financial data when using the case management system and maintain bills in a logical and organised manner (where appropriate)
• Ensuring client contact information is kept up to date and data is accurate
• Assisting the team to work electronically and maintain a paperless environment
• Helping to maintain a clean office and clear desk 
• Working knowledge of our computer systems and packages e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint and bespoke DAC Beachcroft packages
• Supporting on cost-saving initiatives such as cheaper travel options and split tickets
• Regularly liaising with fee earners within the team and STL to keep them updated as to workflows
• Ensure fee earners are updated in relation to deadlines for work
• Share knowledge within the team relating to any changes within external client set ups e.g. client contacts leaving/joining the client
• Advising Accounts/IT of any change of address/telephone numbers/change of name of any external client so that databases are updated

Key skills

• Qualified to a minimum of 5 GCSEs (including a grade C in English and Maths) or equivalent
• Previous experience as a legal secretary is preferred with a minimum typing speed of 65wpm
• A secretarial NVQ / Diploma or equivalent would be beneficial but is not essential
• Must have good IT skills, particularly in Microsoft packages 
• Demonstrable ability to multitask 
• Ability to prioritise a full workload under pressure and the ability to work independently
• An excellent eye for detail with a concern for quality and accuracy
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing 
• A focused client service approach
• Team oriented and collaborative approach with a flexible, can do attitude

About the firm

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,400 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Central America, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are known for our market-leading presence in sectors such as Insurance, Health and Real Estate. This is complemented by a fast-growing Business Advisory capability. We represent a wide range of clients, ranging from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for the majority of the top 30 insurance and financial services companies operating in the UK. We are the asset management lawyers for the UK’s largest shopping centres and act for 9 of the UK’s top 10 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 155 Chambers UK 2019 practice area and individual lawyer rankings, including 30 rankings at 'Band 1' level. In Legal 500 UK, 2018, the firm received top tier ranking for 32 of its practice areas and 59 practice areas in the top two tiers. In March 2018, we were named as one of Legal Week's Best Legal Advisors for the third year running, achieving category-leading satisfaction scores for our commercial approach, service delivery, quality of legal advice, communication & responsiveness and overall relationships.

Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. For further details on our work and our culture, please visit

Application Details

DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

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