September 2015 – February 2016 Pitmans LLP - PA to Head of Department
Working for Head of Department and fee earners in the Matrimonial Department. Preparing Divorce and Financial application forms for issue at Court. Diarising all Court dates and deadlines. Digital dictation of letters and Instructions to Counsel. Preparing bundles for hearings. Preparing breakdowns and issuing monthly invoices. Dealing with clients both in the office and on the telephone. Liaising with Counsel's Clerks. Opening files ensuring compliance with Risk Assessment and Money Laundering procedures.
July 2015 – August 2015 Frances Lindsay, Legal Secretary
Temporary assignment. Assisting partner and fee earners in the matrimonial department as well as assisting the partner in Wills and Probate.
March 2011 – July 2015 Legal Rights Partnership - Office Manager/Legal Secretary
Setting up office opening in April 2011. Ensuring procedures were in place, all relevant precedents were set up. Dealing with clients as they came in and on the telephone. General secretarial duties including digital audio typing, copy typing, filing. Dealing with accounts/banking, archiving and accounts. Prioritising work, dealing with emails and website enquiries. Ensuring the smooth running of the office, overseeing and training new members of staff. Creating procedures for compliance with Legal Aid Agency and Solicitor's Regulation Authority. Assisting partner with personnel matters.
Feb 2009 – March 2011 Reading Community Welfare Rights – PA
Assisting a partially sighted benefits advisor. Attending client meetings, making relevant notes. Researching benefit guidelines. Opening files, dealing with all administrative matters. Ensuring files were maintained, keeping a diary and ensuring deadlines recorded. Typing of confidential documents.
Assisting the housing solicitor. Dealing with all housing clients, opening files, typing, diarising files. Dealing with all administrative matters
Oct 2008 – Jan 2009 Travelling
Dec 2001 to Oct 2008: Dexter Montague LLP – PA/Legal Secretary to Partner
Working for partner in very busy immigration department. Liaising with clients both on telephone and in person, ascertaining urgency of matter and prioritising appointments accordingly. Answering/assisting client’s with their queries when possible. Dealing with the Home Office, police station, prisons and detention centres. Typing of confidential documents. Maintaining files, opening files, following up routine correspondence/emails. Working alongside accounts department with regards to credit control. Assisting/organising other secretary in immigration department. Dealing with counsel and their clerks regarding hearings and deadlines for lodging appeals. Dealing with busy diary including internal and external appointments, diarising deadlines and hearing dates. Preparing bundles for court hearings. Implemented new systems for dealing with filing, solicitor's compliance, incoming post and following up correspondence. Sorting post and ascertaining urgent and non urgent correspondence, dealing with routine correspondence
Apr 2001 to Dec 2001 Clarks Solicitors - Legal Secretary in Corporate Law Department
Working for Partner, associate and fee earner. Dealing with incoming emails and telephone calls, ascertaining urgency of such matters. Copy/audio typing. General office/admin duties including preparation of reports and contracts. Assisting with preparation of power point presentations. Booking meeting rooms and ensuring that refreshments were available.
Nov 1999 to Apr 2001 Sturtivant & Co - Legal Secretary in Immigration Law
Working for large multi-national companies with regards to work permits as well as nationality matters. Meeting/greeting business and high profile clients, providing them with terms and conditions of business, dealing with payments and invoicing. General office/admin duties. Preparing applications for submission to Home Office. Opening and maintaining files.
Nov 1998 to Nov 1999 Dexter Montague & Partners -Legal Secretary in immigration, housing, civil disputes and family law
Sept 1998 to Nov 1998 Temping in a law firm and loss adjusters
Nov 1993 to Sept 1998 Rowberry Morris Solicitors - PA / Legal Secretary to partner and solicitor
March 1990 to Nov 1993 Duncan Vincent & Parkers Estate Agents, Secretary
June 1989 to March 1990 William Cox Plastics, Administrator
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