Legal Secretary Duties

The Legal Profession exists to put law into practice and includes many different roles such as Judges, Barristers, Solicitors, Legal Executives, Paralegals, Barristers' Clerks and Legal Secretaries or PAs.  Legal Secretaries are a very important part of the legal profession.  They help lawyers with their work and are an integral part of a team of legal professionals. 

If you would like to talk to a member of our team about having a Legal Secretary career, please contact us.  To become a qualified Legal Secretary, we recommend our Legal Secretaries Diploma course which is recognised by law firms and legal recruiters.  By becoming a Member of the Institute, you will receive professional status, career advice, help to secure employment, legal updates, professional development encouragement, and feel like you are part of a community.

The Legal Secretary

A wealth of skills are needed for a Legal Secretary role, including secretarial, administrative, legal and IT, together with an excellent standard of spoken and written English. Legal Secretaries can work in law firms as well as other legal environments such as Barristers’ Chambers, Law Courts, the Police Service or Local Authorities. 

The work of Legal Secretaries varies greatly as there are many different areas of law and practice, such as conveyancing, probate, litigation, family law and criminal law. Legal Secretaries find their careers enjoyable and rewarding as their work can be very interesting.  They are given important responsibilities, liaise with a diversity of clients and are at the heart of the legal profession.

Career prospects are very good, and through gaining experience, you can obtain a higher position and salary. Legal Secretaries can be promoted to positions which give them more responsibility or they can work their way up through the legal profession, going on to become Paralegals or Legal Executives, with the right training.  Their role provides them with a good grounding in law and legal procedures, and valuable experience can be gained on the job. 

The Legal PA

Legal PAs act as a personal assistant to one or more bosses and deliver a very high quality service to their clients.  They can be first point of contact and sometimes make decisions of behalf of their bosses.

They can do similar work to Legal Secretaries but often take on more responsibility with senior administrative tasks such as marketing or dealing with accounts and budgets. They are responsible for managing personal timetables and diaries, together with organising events and engagements and making travel arrangements. Legal PAs are highly depended upon by their bosses and need to be reliable and committed.

General Duties

  • Producing and completing legal documents and forms
  • Sending professional correspondence through the post and via email 
  • Answering telephone calls and providing accurate information
  • Typing letters and legal documents from dictation
  • Organising and filing
  • Recording important dates and information
  • Diary management
  • Preparing court forms and statements
  • Attending court
  • Arranging appointments and  meetings
  • Liaising with clients
  • Performing legal research