ILSPA's Legal Secretary Journal - May 2019

Date : 3 May 2019, 12:17 p.m.

The May edition of our Legal Secretary Journal has been published.

In this month's lead article we speak to Hollie Nixon, one of the newest Legal Secretaries at Clifford Chance LLP. Hollie spoke to us about her transition from a completely non-legal background into the legal secretarial profession. She gives useful advice to people looking to make the change themselves.

Also featured is an announcement from our partner, Secs in the City about their summer networking event. This will be taking place on Wednesday 10 July 2019 in London. You can read about what to expect from this year's event and find out how to sign …

ILSPA's Typing Skills Course

Date : 30 Apr 2019, 12:59 p.m.

We would like to remind our Typing Skills Course Students that the Typing Skills website is no longer available. The platform was originally provided by Typing Ace who no longer provide support for this course.

Our Students were emailed at the beginning of the year to encourage them to complete the course by the end of April. If you have not managed to complete the course, you can improve your typing skills for free through

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.


SecsintheCity's Summer Networking Event 2019

Date : 29 Apr 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Secsinthecity will be holding their annual networking event in London on Wednesday 10 July. This event is suitable for PAs, EAs, office professionals and also ILSPA Students.

There will be interesting presentations, networking opportunities, CV advice and interview tips, boutiques, as well as wine and canapes!

You can register your attendance for the event here.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day 2019

Date : 24 Apr 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Today is Administrative Professionals Day and here at ILSPA we would like to wish a very happy day to all our Members, Students and colleagues who work within the sector. We have long believed that administrative professionals, such as Legal Secretaries and PAs, are the backbone of a business. That is why it is one of our objectives as their professional body to give Legal Secretaries and PAs the recognition they deserve.

Many organisations are getting involved in the celebrations of the day, such as Executive Secretary who are offering a free e-book discussing the future development of administration. Some have published their thoughts …

ILSPA Students' Age

Date : 23 Apr 2019, 1:30 p.m.

A common question we get asked at ILSPA is 'Is there an age restriction to study your Legal Secretaries Diploma course?'. The answer is that our course attracts a wide range of Students of all ages - from people who have recently left school to those in their late 50s. We love to see how varied our evening classes are in London and we enjoy speaking to Students of differing ages over the phone in relation to our distance learning course.

Sometimes we receive phone calls from people who have left school and are thinking about their future career. At the other end of the …

Legal Secretaries Diploma Evening Class Discount

Date : 12 Apr 2019, 12:53 p.m.

We are delighted to announce that ILSPA's next Legal Secretaries Diploma evening class will be starting on Thursday 12 September 2019 at Regent's University in London. All Students who enrol for the September evening class before 30 April 2019 will pay the early bird discounted price of £700. Saving £100 on their course fees!

ILSPA is the UK's professional body for Legal Secretaries and PAs. Our Legal Secretaries Diploma course has been created by legal professionals and is widely recognised by law firms, legal departments and legal recruiters. It will provide you with valuable legal knowledge and the practical skills you need to become a …

ILSPA's Legal Secretary Journal - April 2019

Date : 1 Apr 2019, 11:55 a.m.

The April edition of our Legal Secretary Journal has just been published.

This month, we are sharing an interview we had with multi-award winning assistant Craig Harris. He is a true inspiration to male assistants and he provides some wonderful advice on how to succeed in the field.  

We also have articles to help you with your career on networking, email etiquette and turning your workday around.

Our journal is a fantastic resource of information for trainee and experienced Legal Secretaries. Take a look at this month's articles as well as those we have published previously to get the guidance …

No Fault Divorce Law

Date : 28 Mar 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Since our article on no fault divorce was published in our Legal Secretary Journal, we are pleased to say that there has been progress on this matter.

Due to new legislation which is being introduced in parliament, a married person will no longer have to attribute blame to their spouse in order to obtain a divorce. At the moment, married couples who want to divorce have to prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, which means assigning blame. However, this can be a very distressing and lengthy process.

The new developments aim to reduce the stress which couples and families go through within …

Legal Admin Assistant Open Day at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Date : 21 Mar 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday 29 May 2019, for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a Legal Admin Assistant.

The day will include the following sessions:

  • Welcome and Introduction to BCLP - This will include meeting members of our HR and Recruitment Team, it will also include meeting our PA Hiring Managers.
  • A Q&A session with a variety of Legal PA’s and our Legal Admin Assistants - This will also include a conversation point about what life is like as a LAA and Legal PA.
  • A talk from our Learning and Development Advisor …

How do I find an entry level position?

Date : 18 Mar 2019, 12:17 p.m.

When looking for work as a Legal Secretary for the first time, you will come across job adverts which state that experienced is required. It is important to keep in mind that whilst some law firms will be looking for experienced Legal Secretaries, there are also recruiters who are keen to take on someone who has recently graduated with a good Legal Secretary qualification. There are entry level positions out there, it's just a matter of knowing how and where to find them.

If you take a look at ILSPA's Legal Secretary Jobs Board, you will see that you can perform …