Shannon Boyle, 19

CILEx Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries

Shannon Boyle, 19

Name of Company & Location
Linklaters LLP

Job Title/Department
Trainee Legal Secretary - Corporate

What are your day-to-day duties in your current position?
Daily duties vary, but that’s what makes the job so interesting. Tasks will vary from:
typing and amending documents, sorting travel arrangements, setting up new matters, compiling work allocation spreadsheets, answering telephones and taking messages, printing, scanning and filing, updating client book, formatting documents into a house style, editing and converting PDF documents, setting up conference calls and meetings, attending training sessions to develop further knowledge, creating structure charts on Visio, indexing and distribution of bibles, storage and archiving, attending social events, expenses, billing, mail merging schedules for clients, booking taxis and travel 

What new skills have you learnt in your job?
I have learnt many new skills since joining Linklaters, due to the constant help and support from everyone I have encountered. I have developed my skills in Excel and PowerPoint. There are a lot of new systems I have picked up since joining, for example, using client book, doc ex and Visio.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I see myself at Linklaters qualified as a legal secretary, progressing in my career working for more fee earners and partners. As I gain more knowledge I hope to be able to pass it on to future Trainee Legal Secretaries.

How well did the CILEx Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries qualification prepare you for your job?
I feel the course put me in a good stead to join a legal firm. The course really helped with document production and putting an importance on proofreading. The things that we were not able to learn at college to prepare us we learnt through the work experience opportunities through the college. It was a great course, with great tutors that prepared me to be in the role I am today.

Would you recommend the course?

Yes, going to NKC and studying the L3 Legal Secretarial course was the best choice I could have made. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunities and support received from staff was amazing. I would not be in the job I love today without the support from everyone at NKC.
 

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