24 May, 2022

Legal Secretary (Family Finance and Divorce)

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Bedminster, Bristol, UK
Full time Administration Support

Job Description

The family law team at Barcan+Kirby is one of the biggest in the South West and we are proud to have a band 3 ranking in legal guide, Chambers and Partners UK 2021, for our expertise in family and matrimonial law.

The team works across our six offices in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, advising individuals and families on a range of family matters including prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, child arrangements, care proceedings, divorce, separation, domestic abuse, and fertility law.

Due to an internal promotion, we have a vacancy for a Legal Secretary to join this successful department, specifically supporting the Family Finance and Divorce team.

The role

This role is based at our office on North Street, Bedminster, and promises to be very busy and very varied. You can expect to be involved in tasks such as:

  • Typing
  • Liaising with clients, other solicitors, the courts and others
  • Organising meetings and conferences with Counsel and clients (Zoom/Teams and in person)
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Sending reminders to clients regarding appointments or court hearings
  • Obtaining availability of Counsel and experts involved in cases
  • Booking in Counsel/experts
  • Triaging new matters
  • Preparing basic court forms and Court Bundles

You will also be assisting with general administrative duties such as:

  • Taking telephone messages
  • Scanning and filing post
  • Ensuring that emails/letters prepared for the lawyers are checked and sent
  • Ensuring relevant attachments are included with correspondence
  • Managing diaries
  • Meeting clients to complete basic forms or obtain further information and instructions
  • Checking incoming post

In addition to this, you will have some basic accountancy responsibilities including preparing invoices and checking disbursements

Full training will be given so that you are confident with our systems.

Location and working hours

  • Full-time (office hours are 9am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday)
  • The role will be based at our Bedminster office, but with the option to apply for hybrid working upon successful completion of your probation

The ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have recent secretarial experience, preferably working in a law firm or the legal sector, and have experience working with clients in a fast-paced environment and to tight deadlines.

You will need to be competent in Word, Excel and audio typing, and have experience working with a practice management system.

A GCSE (or equivalent) in English is essential.

It would be beneficial to have experience in Family law, particularly with the divorce process/financial settlements, and have experience of working with vulnerable clients.

About us

Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and businesses, and as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer.

We pride ourselves on promoting the work/life balance of employees, and encouraging positive wellbeing and mental health is incredibly important to us. We were advocates for flexible working long before the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are fully supportive of hybrid working.

Our core values drive our culture and are at the heart of everything we do, and we are far from being a stuffy, rigid law firm.

Staff Type

Legal Staff

Experience

Non-qualified

Competitive Salary

No

Sector

Family / Matrimonial

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