Assistant to Barrister

£20,000 - £24,999
06 Jul 2018
12 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

PT/Temporary Personal Assistant for Barrister inc. Charity Administration Work

Minimum 10h per week, £13ph (gross: process own tax and NI)

Job Description

Summary: Personal Assistant to a barrister in Birmingham, primarily to assist with substantial voluntary work with charities, and also to provide legal assistance/secretarial type support when necessary. Both the voluntary and legal work is discrimination/diversity related.

Voluntary Work-Specific

· Become familiar with the work and aims of the charities the Barrister currently works with (diversity: specifically the protected characteristics of race/religion/sex).

· Undertake organisation of small events e.g. development of event ideas; create and circulate publicity flyers; book rooms; manage social media accounts

· Attend and help run the charities’ events when requested

· Take calls for the charity and deal with enquiries

· Undertake research into diversity related issues and matters related to the management of the charity, and report back to the Trustees; attend meetings and take notes when required


· Assist with preparing cases for litigation: preparation of clear and concise notes or reports; compilation of hearing bundles and copying etc.

· Attend court/tribunal and client conferences, take clear notes when required

· Liaise with the Barrister’s clerking team, Chambers’ staff and colleagues

· Provide administrative assistance with regard to direct access cases including taking calls, undertaking administrative paperwork and making appointments

· Take ‘phone calls on behalf of the Barrister and deal with them when appropriate

General Duties

· All duties compatible with ensuring the Barrister makes productive use of their time

· Organise and maintain diary and make appointments, book travel etc.

· Social media: handle social media (twitter; linked in)

· Provide general assistance in the preparation of, and during, presentations and marketing events

· Meet and greet barristers, solicitors, voluntary work stakeholders and contacts at all levels of seniority

· Travel when required e.g. within Birmingham, to Tribunals, to London

This is a new role and some flexibility will be required during the initial stages of the appointment

Person Specification

This role would suit either an experienced personal assistant looking to work part time, or a graduate looking for part time work - perhaps awaiting pupillage or a training contract, a BPTC/LPC student or someone with paralegal or legal secretarial experience

Essential – applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the following attributes

· Some experience of an office based role within a charity, or paralegal/legal secretarial experience

· Good understanding of current issues in equality and diversity in the UK and Birmingham

· Excellent level of oral/written communication skills

· Proactivity and ability to lead small projects through to completion

· Ability to work alone and competently without supervision

· Good level of social media literacy

· Good level of cultural and social awareness and ability to work and communicate with individuals from a diverse variety of cultural and social backgrounds

· Competency in Word, Excel and Microsoft Office generally

· Experience of filing/record keeping, both digital and paper-based

Desirable – some or all of the following would be useful

· Good working knowledge of UK law e.g. bar school, law degree or

· Knowledge of UK employment and discrimination law

· More detailed experience of using common social media platforms

· High level of computer literacy e.g. experience of Wordpress

· Experience of working in an office based environment

· Events management/hospitality

· Experience of making/assisting with fundraising applications

Location: The role will be carried out at a variety of locations including: some home-working; at the Barrister’s Chambers; or elsewhere (e.g. office of Charity, etc) as agreed.

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