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Float Secretary

Salary: £26,000Start date: ASAPLocation: CrawleyContract type: Permanent

Job description

Cordius are working with an award-winning Southeast law, Legal 100 firm with offices in London, Brighton, Gatwick, Guilford, Horsham, and Hassocks. The firm has grown rapidly since it was established in 1970 and has a headcount of approximately 320. They are looking for a Float Secretary to support their Real Estate department at their Gatwick office.

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (9.15am - 5.15pm)
Department: Real Estate
Location: Gatwick

To provide comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to all practice areas across the firm to cover for absent secretaries, or, to provide additional support to groups as required in busy periods. This may be either assisting within the group or providing remote secretarial support from the Gatwick office.  Additionally, this role will provide cover for reception, office services and other administrative roles and offer support to other Support Groups as necessary.

  • To provide secretarial support in groups across the firm to cover for holidays, absences and busy periods.
  • To provide an audio typing service centrally via digital dictation, when not allocated to support a specific group.
  • Preparation of correspondence, bills and documents from audio dictation, Case Manager and manuscript in compliance with DMH Stallard house style guide.
  • Completion of standard forms without fee-earner assistance.
  • File and document management.
  • Deal with general telephone enquiries and resolve specific enquiries, receive and relay messages to and from clients and other professionals on behalf of fee earners.
  • Diary maintenance for fee-earners within the group allocated.
  • General team administration when requested.
  • Cover receptionist duties, administrator roles and other office services tasks, such as photocopying and post distribution when required.
  • Such other duties as may be reasonably requested.
  • Attend meetings and such training courses as determined by the Group Head.

  • Previous knowledge and experience of legal work.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Email and Internet.  Ideally previous experience of digital dictation and a case manager system.
  • Fast and accurate audio and copy typing skills.
  • Ability to use track changes, and/or other comparison software as appropriate.
  • Previous experience of databases.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Effective administrative, communication, decision making and team working skills.
  • Reasonable level of numeracy.
  • Ability to maintain a professional and discrete attitude when dealing with issues of a sensitive and strictly confidential nature.
  • Flexibility to provide support in different groups of the firm when required, with variable start and finish times on occasions

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