Legal Secretary Apprentice Howells Solicitors

Howells Solicitors are looking for a Legal Secretary Apprentice to join their growing Conveyancing/Wills and Trust and Probate teams.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 06 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    At least 30 hours per week. Shift times TBC. Must work full days.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    23 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    25 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The job holder will provide secretarial support to the busy conveyancing and wills, trusts and probate team.

They will ensure that the administration systems and processes operate in a timely and effective manner, adhering to all quality standards.

Legal secretaries provide essential support to fee earners to ensure efficient delivery of legal advice.

The job holder will be directly responsible to the fee earners in their team and the Head of Department in which they are working.

The legal secretaries' main responsibilities would include:

  • To maintain accurate and up to date paper and electronic records
  • To work with and on behalf of fee earners, managing client expectations
  • To handle communication including telephone calls, letters and emails with external and internal customers
  • To follow and comply with agreed processes and procedures
  • To carry out general office duties
  • To provide an effective internal/external postal service for the fee earners in the office
  • To provide support when needed to internal/external auditing processes

Day to day tasks would include:

  • Assisting the fee earners with the management of their case-load by dealing with file related queries either face to face or by telephone whilst managing client's expectations
  • Ensuring that clients are dealt with efficiently and politely and that legal matters are raised to the fee earner responsible
  • Carrying out relevant conveyancing searches
  • Helping fee earners progress their files by chasing other parties as and when necessary
  • Making appointments for clients where required
  • Passing messages and updates on cases to fee earners promptly
  • Drafting and responding to routine correspondence Issuing court applications/documents and liaising with the courts and other third parties
  • Making up and opening new files
  • Chasing documents as and when required
  • Typing up audio dictation and collating any relevant attachments
  • Clerking at court, when required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Information Technology
  • Administration Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Numeracy Skills
  • Listerning
  • Social Media Skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Organisational Skills

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Committed to working in a law firm
  • Eager to learn

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalents

Future prospects

A permanent legal secretary role would be available for the right candidate. Future progression may include roles such as a conveyancing assistant, paralegal

Things to consider

Please make sure you can travel to the Howells office in Sheffield and Sheffield City Campus

About the employer



Howells Solicitors


The Avery Building

15-17 Bridge Street


S3 8NL

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Training provider

Legal Services Level 3 IT, shadowing

Apprenticeship framework

Legal Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sheffield College


Job Connect on: 0114 2602600

Other information

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is �3.50 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

Employer's Application Instructions

College Application System

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 06 Nov 2017