With firms introducing document production teams and new IT advancements all the time; the role of the secretary is changing too.
Traditionally, Secretaries provided an audio and copy typing service & you would be measured by the speed and accuracy of your typing.Nowadays typing pools are less common and the role of the Secretary blurs the lines with that of a PA. You are still expected to produce high quality typing, but you also need to have sound IT skills in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Usually expected to be adept at track changes as well as document formatting.
In some firms where they don’t have a separate PA function, the Secretaries will be expected to plan diaries, travel, meetings, accommodation and events too.
Usually, Secretaries will support teams – the pace of work, demands of the role and type of documents will vary widely depending on the firm, size of firm/team and the specialism of law you work in .
When recruiting for a certain legal discipline; companies will want you to have prior experience of working within that discipline - for example if recruiting for a residential conveyancing legal secretary the client will want you to come from a residential conveyancing background.