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Legal assistant jobs can be known by many different names according to the area of law. As such, roles can also be known as legal clerks, legal executives, paralegals and caseworkers. Specialist fields include crime, employment, litigation and personal injury. Legal assistant vacancies involve providing support to more senior colleagues, including solicitors and barristers.

Working environments can be varied, including law firms, court chambers, charities and the public and private sectors. The role is used by many as a stepping-stone to qualifying as a solicitor. Keep reading for a detailed legal assistant job description, including salary and qualification requirements.

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Legal roles such as paralegal jobs UK involve many different duties. Most roles are office based, but you will likely be expected to visit client premises and even attend court cases. The type of work and intensity will depend on your employer, as well as the size of a legal team.

General duties associated with legal assistant jobs including performing admin tasks, such as billing and writing emails to clients. As an assistant you will likely be working close with a more senior member of a legal team, providing them with support. Other tasks related with the role of a legal assistant, include:

  • Organising diaries and scheduling meetings
  • Writing legal drafts and proofreading documents
  • Organising case files, attending court inquests and transcribing legal opinions
  • Taking witness statements, conducting legal research
  • Networking with clients and establishing and maintaining relations with them

There are various routes open to becoming a legal assistant in the UK. Whilst there are no fixed qualification requirements, most employers will require you to have strong GCSEs and A-levels. You may also be able to study for further qualifications whilst working. This can include qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and National Association of Licensed Paralegals.

Competition for legal assistant roles can be high, particularly for commercial firms. Furthermore, some law students work as a legal assistant part time as this can provide valuable legal experience. In addition to relevant qualifications, employers will also be wanting candidates with various skill sets. These include:

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Good research abilities and a strong attention to detail
  • Desire to increase knowledge and understanding of law
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work well alone and as part of a team

Legal advisor jobs can be a great stepping-stone to a career in law in the UK. Roles can be found with employers in both public and private sectors. Advisor roles can provide you with the valuable skills and experience you need for a legal career. You will have the opportunity to develop in your existing role or specialise in a particular area of law. Such areas can include property, family and immigration.

Development to paralegal and solicitor positions can be achieved with additional experience and qualifications. In terms of legal assistant salary, there are lots of factors that can affect this. Non-graduate junior advisor positions can start between £14,000 – £21,000. Once you have gained a number of years of experience, salaries can rise to £40,000 for paralegals and up to £55,000 and more for experienced paralegals.

There are various pros and cons to legal assistant jobs in the UK. The role offers excellent opportunities to develop professionally and salaries rise above the national average once you become experienced. Your working day will be varied, and you will likely have many opportunities to help people. Law is often a ‘calling’ for many people. Therefore, the role can also provide strong personal satisfaction.

However, legal assistant roles can be highly competitive to enter. Furthermore, working hours can be long and workloads are often heavy. Depending on the area of law you work in, the role may also involve dealing with sensitive and distressing issues. An ability to ‘switch off’ from the role is a common complaint, as is the need to remain up to date with legal issues and other related changes to regulations and laws.