Legal Secretary – Child Care - Derby


Norman House, Derby


Full Time

Smith Partnership is one of the leading law firms in the East Midlands. A forward-thinking and progressive company, Smith Partnership employs over 200 staff throughout 6 offices across the region.

An opportunity has become available at our Head Office in Derby for a Legal Secretary to provide secretarial support and other related services to fee earners in the Child Care Department.

Purpose & Objective of Job:

To provide secretarial and other related services to relevant Fee Earner/Department.

Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities:

  • Audio and copy typing
  • Handling enquiries from various external bodies
  • Filing/Photocopying
  • Diary maintenance
  • Attendances on telephone
  • Attending clients on telephone and in office when required
  • Taking and passing on messages in absence of the relevant fee earner
  • Arranging service of documents
  • Arranging appointments
  • Dealing with bills, invoices and payments (when required)

Experience Desired:

  • Previous legal secretarial experience

Experience Required:

  • Previous secretarial experience
  • Intermediate use of Word, E-mail and Internet systems
  • Audio Typing

Knowledge Required:

  • Legal Terminology
  • Legal Forms
  • Court Procedures (if appropriate)
  • Knowledge of Legal Services Commission Forms
  • Client File Maintenance Procedures
  • Billing Guides
  • Client Care Procedures
  • Client Confidentiality Policy
  • Cheque Requests

Knowledge Desired:

  • Knowledge of area of Law for Department

Skills And Personal Attributes Required:

  • Good written & telephone skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Willingness to embrace change/flexible & adaptable
  • Client focused
  • Good team player
  • Positive attitude

Qualifications Required:

  • RSA I Typing qualification or equivalent
  • RSA II Typing qualification or equivalent
  • English Language GCSE Grade C or above

This Job Description covers the current range of duties and will be reviewed from time to time. Smith Partnership reserve the right to change the Job Description if the business requires it.  

This is an excellent opportunity to join a progressive East Midlands law firm and to work as part of a challenging and friendly team. Applications strictly via email enclosing a current CV and covering letter to (

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Any CVs sent to us on a speculative basis will not be recognised and we will not accept liability for any fee or commission should we subsequently employ a candidate who applied to us directly or was introduced by another agency, that may also have been submitted speculatively by an uninstructed agency.

In the event that an agency's correspondence includes a disclaimer indicating otherwise, our policy above will prevail.