I am a legal secretary with over 10 years experience of both commercial and residential conveyancing. I have excellent IT skills, being proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Access. I am a fast worker: my typing speed is over 80wpm and I am used working in a busy and fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.I love learning new skills to improve the quality of my work: when my boss wanted a marketing mailshot, I created a database from scratch using Microsoft Access. When complex financial calculations needed doing, I created a spreadsheet in Excel expressly for the purpose. These are just a few examples of my initiative.I believe in getting on well with all people I work with, for a happy office is a productive office. Mutual help and co-operation is essential for any organisation to thrive. I love working as part of a team, or getting things done on my own, whichever is better for the job needing doing.
Aug 2013 - Present
I am secretary assisting the head of the commercial conveyancing department, who is also a notary public. I deal with correspondence, telephone enquiries, preparing documentation such as leases, transfers and tax returns, carrying out searches and conducting research..
Sep 2003 - Mar 2012
In this position, I was secretary to two partners in the Railway Property Department, one of whom was head of department. Both partners handled many complex railway property and transport transactions, banking related work and matters relating to educational and ecclesiastical establishments.
My day to day duties included a heavy load of audio and copy typing including preparation of leases, contracts, transfers, reports on title, legal charges and many other documents, including general correspondence. I also dealt with Land Registry, local authority, environmental, company and drainage searches and conducted research on the internet.
I also prepared epitomes of title for unregistered properties, and I also dealt with Land Registry registrations for registered and unregistered properties, and dealt with any requisitions as they arose.
I prepared and sent out marketing mailshots and created and managed Access databases for this purpose.
I prepared completion statements and bill estimates, and checked and prepared files for archiving.
Apr 2000 - Sep 2003
Legal Secretary/Conveyancing Assistant
Secretary to Senior Partner
In this position I was secretary to Senior Partner heading the Business Law and Commercial Property Department, who handled commercial and residential property transactions, and also dealt with wills and probate. I also assisted in running the reception area.
In this position I was an assistant to a Legal Executive specialising in residential conveyancing. I dealt with calls from clients, estate agents and other solicitors, including taking initial instructions. I prepared transactions for exchange, including negotiating completion dates with all parties. I dealt with post-exchange correspondence, Land Registry and bankruptcy searches, registrations, billing and payment of stamp duty.
Jan 2009 - Present
I am currently studying for a BA degree in History with the Open University. See the sidebar to the right for further information on my studies and grades.