Commercial Secretary (part-time)

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
06 Mar 2019
01 Apr 2019
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

We are looking to recruit a Secretary into our Commercial team in Newcastle on a part-time basis.

What are we looking for?

For this role you will need experience of working in a fast-paced commercial law firm environment.  You'll have excellent organisation skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.  A flexible and adaptable approach is essential, as are excellent IT skills and a strong team ethic.  Good communication skills are a must as is the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues and also with clients and intermediaries.  You'll need to be self-driven with a positive outlook, good at forward planning, proactive, have excellent attention to detail and be professional at all times with a clear focus on high quality service delivery.

What teams will you be supporting?

You'll be working for lawyers at all levels across our Commercial team in Newcastle. The team supports a wide range of local, national and international clients across a range of sectors in relation to commercial contracts, technology agreements, data protection, intellectual property and competition law.    

What will the role involve?

Production of complex legal agreements, making amendments when asked using tracked changes and also preparing comparison documents.  Typing as you would expect, alongside keeping on top of multiple diaries, organising meetings, travel and accommodation as necessary.  There is a significant amount of work around client billing, including preparation of bills and assisting with client reporting using excel spreadsheets.  You will also have responsibility for file maintenance, both electronic and paper-based.  In addition to this, we are looking for someone who will happily attend team meetings, assist with organising business development events, help design presentations, build relationships with clients and keep our lawyers on top of their marketing activities such as co-ordinating and assisting with directory entries (with the full support of our marketing team).  This role can be as engaging and involved as you want it to be – we are looking for a self-starter and a hardworking individual who can help look after our busy and growing Commercial team.  You'll be working as part of a team of secretaries so the ability to work cohesively with others is essential.

Who are Womble Bond Dickinson?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 18 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

So what makes it so great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships.  In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our D&I page to find out more.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

What happens next?

If this sounds like a role that you can do then we want to hear from you.  Please follow the instructions to make a formal application on our website – just a few contact detail questions and then upload your CV and covering letter.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (

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