Legal Secretary (work experience scheme)

29 November, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Following the continuing success of our  Legal Secretary work experience scheme,  we are pleased to offer open the scheme again  for March 2020.  This will be based at our Tunbridge Wells office and we will be offering up to three places.

Our Legal Secretaries play a key role in supporting our fee earners across the business and are an integral part in ensuring our clients receive the highest level of service. Some of the typical responsibilities of our Legal Secretaries include:

  • Diary management including the arrangement of meetings, travel, calls and lunches and effectively liaising with internal and external attendees
  • Audio and copy typing of correspondence and making amendments where required
  • Processing invoices on behalf of fee-earners
  • Production of correspondence in relation to invoices and file opening
  • Correspondence with clients, including acknowledging receipt of documents
  • Building relationships with clients and internal contacts on behalf of the team
  • Regular client interaction via email, letter and telephone
  • Regular assistance with meeting preparation on behalf of fee earners, including document location, drafting and proof reading
  • Managing incoming post, emails and phone calls in the fee earner’s absence including scanning incoming mail and signed documents to our system.


About the scheme:

We offer a comprehensive two week scheme, from 2nd to 13th of March 2020. Placements are available in one of our three fee earning divisions;  Corporate, Private Client or Real Estate. Our two week programme will give you a fantastic insight into what life is like as a Legal Secretary within a commercial law firm. You will be mentored by a Secretarial Team Leader throughout your time with us, and receive feedback at the end of the two weeks.

We have since recruited two of the successful candidates from the 2019 scheme and they have shared their thoughts with us about their experience of the scheme and life at Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

Lydia Tomsett – Legal Secretary – Real Estate

The work experience provided at Cripps Pemberton Greenish gave me a great insight into what was involved in the day to day life of a Legal Secretary.  The timetable provided me with a chance to work in different teams within Private Client.  I  gained a better understanding of the different departments and found them all very interesting.  The timetable also includes presentations  explaining  what else happens in the Firm and the importance of the different centralised teams. What appealed to me the most was that every day was different and every day I learnt something new – I was happy to always be busy.  Everyone in the teams were friendly and happy to answer any of my questions.  The feedback provided was also very helpful and  constructive .  Overall, the work experience made me excited to start my career as a Legal Secretary.

Now I am a Legal Secretary at the firm, I have noticed how much the work experience gave me a head start in understanding the role better  and more confidence to  apply. The main responsibilities in my day to day role includes diary management, deeds administration, answering various telephone calls, conflict checks, property searches, and finances.  I really enjoy working with my team, and feel supported in my role One of the best parts of the role is seeing a task through from start to finish and knowing I completed this!! 


Maisie Martin – Legal Secretary – Corporate

I attended the  Legal Secretary work experience scheme in March 2019, where I joined the Corporate division for two weeks. It was a great opportunity to experience life as a Legal Secretary and what that role involves. I was given various tasks including, booking an external lunch for Partners, collating information for a team work event, attending meetings and helping the fee earners with day-to-day tasks. I would really recommend the scheme to anyone wishing to find out more about a Legal Secretary role and how a law firm operates. I have since accepted a Legal Secretary role in the Corporate division and I am really enjoying it four months on!

Although we cannot guarantee  a full time position after completing our Legal Secretary work experience scheme we welcome you to get in touch to explore suitable vacancies that may arise in the future.


How to apply:

If you are interested in our Legal Secretary work experience scheme, and can demonstrate the following: 

  • You have recently qualified or are working towards the CILEx Legal Secretarial Diploma Level 3 (or equivalent) and/or;
  • Have transferable work experience within professional services (e.g. Medical Secretary/Audio Typist/ Secretary, PA or similar).


Please download and complete the following Legal Secretary work experience application form – 2020  and send us your up to date CV to The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st of December 2019.  Applications after this time will not be considered. 


Successful candidates will be contacted the w/c 6th of January 2020.


Interviews for the scheme will take place at our Tunbridge Wells office on 16th ,17th and 24th of January 2020. You will meet with our Recruitment Advisor and Secretarial Team Leaders to discuss your experience, and answer competency based questions.


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