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The Perks of Being a Legal Secretary

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Legal secretaries make up an essential part of the legal workforce. Law is a fascinating arena, and becoming a secretary in this field will give you direct access to the world of the courtroom without having to undertake extensive training.

The job of a legal secretary is to provide administrative support to lawyers and legal executives. Their role usually requires them to conduct research, interview witnesses and prepare court documents. They are typically based in solicitor’s offices, barrister’s chambers or within local authorities.

This role has changed significantly since it first emerged in 1970, and it is now considered a popular career choice. Here are some of the perks of being a legal secretary, and why it might be the career path for you.


The annual starting salary of a legal secretary is approximately £18,000 to £22,000 per annum, but this can rise to £45,000 with experience. There are also ample opportunities for career growth. For instance, with further training, you could become a legal executive, paralegal or a conveyancer. If you’re keen to expand your horizons further, you could even work towards becoming a barrister or solicitor.

Career Entry

Becoming a legal secretary is an excellent way to begin a legal career. According to the

National Career Service, a job as a legal secretary usually requires GCSE qualifications, word processing skills and experience working in an office. If you’re looking to enhance your expertise in these areas, you could take a legal word processing or audio transcription course, or you could offer to temp for an agency.

Competition for these roles is fierce, so make sure your C.V. is up to date and looks professional. If you’re keen to make an impression, you could use a free flyer maker to create marketing materials. Advertising your services is an excellent way to attract employers or find clients as a freelancer.

Areas of Specialism

If you’re a legal secretary, you can specialize in any area of law you choose, such as criminal, employment or family law. This gives you a certain amount of control over your career path and allows you to hone your expertise in particular fields. You can always extend your skill set and broaden your employment prospects down the line.

Intellectual Stimulation

A career as a legal secretary requires a sophisticated set of skills. Not only will you need to think innovatively and work hard to solve problems, but you must also master legal procedures and acquire researching and drafting skills. Staying on top of changing laws and legal trends may be challenging, but it will provide you with intellectual stimulation and keep you on your toes.

Helping Others

Many people enter the field of law because they want to address the public interest, and there’s no doubt that a career as a legal secretary provides a unique opportunity to do so. Whether you’re assisting the poor and disadvantaged or drafting someone’s will, each day as a legal secretary is different, and there are always opportunities to help others.

October 31, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

October 30, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How to Choose a Good Personal Injury Attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

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Every City in America presents many options of when it comes to hiring an attorney, yet nobody considers how to choose between the various law firms until it’s a pressing matter.

The need to hire an attorney is often an unexpected and urgent decision you have to make. With a shortage of time and a multitude of options, what criteria should you use to select a reputable and appropriate attorney?

Suitability and Speciality

The first main factor to check is the type of law which any prospective attorneys specialize in. There may be a host of qualified lawyers within your local area, however, many of them will specialize in an area of law which is unsuitable for your case and so they can be quickly discounted.

By choosing a specialist lawyer, you will receive much more specific advice, however, this will often be at an increased financial cost when it comes to hiring them and normally you will need to balance these two factors to an acceptable level for your case.

Personal recommendations

An obvious route for some people can be through word-of-mouth. Whether this is through friends, acquaintances or connections within the industry, a recommendation based on first-hand experience can be a valuable way to find out how the attorney operates.

You should always compare your own situation with that of the person offering the endorsement to ensure that the lawyer is a suitable match to your needs.

Research your Leading Options

A cursory internet search can be rewarding in uncovering details and history regarding any prospective choices you have in mind. This should include basic searches of the local bar which will list all lawyers who are licensed to operate in the local area.

While a search for Nashville personal injury lawyers may produce the law firm, you will want to validate their credentials before choosing to hire or not. The only guaranteed way to be sure your lawyer is a good fit for your case is to undertake a free consultation. This not only allows the attorney to assess the credentials of your lawsuit, it also provides you an opportunity to interview the attorney for the role.

Check their Fees

The final step should always be to confirm the cost of hiring any lawyer so you’re fully aware of the package you’re signing up to. With many personal injury lawyers offering the enticing deal of no win, no fee, this can often come attached with a high percentage of any award as a payoff. While attorneys operating to this policy are careful as to which lawsuits they accept to represent, it does provide them with a motivation to succeed once they begin work in earnest.

You should also take particular interest in any small print or finer details which accompany this fee. It’s not unknown for some law firms to add extra charges for handling a case. This can include an extra cost for travel, filing documents or even producing photocopies. All of this can eat into any compensation award you receive, therefore, you should be clear as to the financial arrangement before you sign up to it.

October 27, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

October 23, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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No Win No Fee is blamed for most things now! (For the Republic of Ireland)

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According to recent studies people who suffer harm, pain or loss through negligence when treated by a medical professional in the U.K. are now awarded more compensation per person in Medical Negligence claims than similar people in the supposedly “claim happy” U.S.A! The blame for this amazing statistic is put fairly and squarely on the “ambulance chasing” solicitors of the UK who offer such products as No Win No Fee agreements to entice people to make a claim for compensation.

Let us examine this in more detail. Anyone treated by a medical professional such as a doctor, a consultant, a surgeon, a nurse, a dentist etc is entitled to what is known as a “Duty of Care“. If by the negligence of medical professionals, you are harmed or hurt or injured in their care then you may be entitled to compensation due to the Medical Negligence.

Does this mean to us that the U. K’s legal profession is extremely aggressive, if not too aggressive or does it mean that our Medical profession is making too many errors and mistakes? Or is it a mixture of both these?

What a No Win No Fee agreement gives to everyone is the full access to the law for people that are not that financially well off. Although, No Win No Fee agreements are to be mainly found in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence area of the law they are also now to be found in employment Law and in other types and kinds of litigation. In a No Win No Fee agreement the solicitor agrees only to charge the client in the event that they win their case for compensation. If they lose then under a No Win No Fee agreement the solicitor will not charge the client. 

A No Win No Fee agreement is a major advantage for people who in many cases are financially struggling after a medical procedure that went wrong or a miss diagnosis. Very often they are either too old or too ill to work and as a consequence money may well be very tight for them.

A No Win No Fee agreement also cuts out the possibility of a medical or dental patient possibly squandering their time and money on a Medical Negligence claim for compensation, as no solicitor in their right mind will take on a scenario where they risk losing and not earning their legal practice fees for fighting the losing case.

What is clear though is that these statistics could high light possibly the poor state of the health service in the U.K. If the rates per capita are higher than in the U.S.A. does this mean that the seriousness of the medical mistakes and the negligence in the U.K. is worth more than the compensation awarded in the U.S.A.?

We have this impression that there are hot shot lawyers in the U.S.A. that only go for the cases that will earn both their client’s huge compensation and themselves outlandish fees for medical procedures that went wrong or a miss diagnosis that caused the client major pain and harm. This may indeed be the case but they seem to be in the U.K. as well! It would certainly seem so as a No Win No fee agreement could it be argued increase the number of people claiming compensation for Medical Negligence but not the increase in per capita.

October 20, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How to recover a debt in Spain

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Until a few years ago, when the consequences of the global financial crises were still visible, Spain’s credit profile wasn’t a good one. Things have changed as the economy started recovering, however, there are still companies and individuals who struggle to pay their debts. For those on the other side, who try to recover the amounts they are owed, the Civil Procedure Code and the Employment Law are quite strict about the procedure related to recovering debts. The Civil Procedure Code was also harmonized with the EU legislation and now provides for in-court debt recovery procedures no matter the amount.

The types of debt recovery legal procedures

There are two types of debt recovery procedures in Spain, one of them being the in-court process mentioned above. However, amicable debt collection procedures are also possible, as long as the parties agree. Even if the recovery starts amicably, most of the times the procedure ends up in a Spanish court of law. In both cases, the claimant can appeal to debt collection agencies or law firms for help in recovering a debt. During the amicable debt recovery procedure, the collecting agency can only contact by phone or email the debtor and then send the documents justifying the debt. As this method often fails and the debt is not retrieved, court proceedings are initiated.

Spain has a speedy in-court debt collection procedure

This type of process was introduced not long ago; however, it cannot start without a prior agreement between the parties. The accelerated debt collection procedure will usually start in a first instance court located in the defendant’s home town. There are also exceptions to this rule and they are applied when the debtor has failed to pay the amounts of money related to public utilities or has outstanding bills related to building management companies or public housing units.

The debt recovery process in Spain

Before filing the petition for the initiation of the debt collection procedure, the claimant must make sure he/she has all the documents supporting the claim. These include: invoices, delivery slips, summons and other documents which can prove the existence of a commercial relationship between the claimant and the defendant.

Then, the petition must state the addresses of both the petitioner and the defendant and the outstanding amount. Once the petition is filed, the defendant has 20 days to either pay the debt or file an opposition to the claim. After 20 days, no matter if the debtor has responded to the petition or not, the court will start the debt recovery procedure. This means that the court will issue an order of procedure which will be enforced by the financial institutions, debt recovery agencies, tax authorities or any other legal or natural persons, as indicated by the court.

Debt recovery under the Employment Law

This type of process was recently introduced in Spain and has as a main objective the recovery of outstanding payments related to employment relations. In other words, a worker can file a petition against an employer who fails to pay amounts up to 6,000 euros deriving from labor relations.

There are also a few exceptions to this process. Collective claims, petitions against insolvent or dissolved companies and Social Security authorities cannot be filed.

The debt recovery procedure has come a long way in Spain over the last few years and the process has been simplified a lot in order to not hamper courts of law with lengthy and costly proceedings.

October 20, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Top Careers in Criminal Justice

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Not too long ago, we talked about the top careers in law. There are some very interesting career paths just waiting to be explored, from a career in public administration to court reporting. The article garnered a lot of attention. Some of you are asking about other professions in the justice system that are just as interesting to explore.

To answer some of those questions, we thought we’d list another set of interesting careers in this field, specifically in the field of criminal justice. Here are the jobs and careers you can pursue if you want to make a difference.

Law Enforcement Officers

Law enforcement is still the most popular career in criminal justice. Law enforcement agencies across the country are hiring and expanding their forces to meet new challenges, which is why this career will always be a potential one to explore. Experts believe that the growth in different forces will open up thousands of new jobs over the next five to ten years.

Police officers and deputy sheriffs are the leading edge of law enforcement. Today, they are also responsible for crime prevention in most communities. You can expect exciting days and a rewarding career from this profession.

Becoming a law enforcement officer is a big commitment, but it is also a service to your country. Many with a military background now work in law enforcement as a way to continue serving this country and helping a bigger cause.

Forensic Accountants

Another interesting career in criminal justice is a career in forensic accounting or financial examination. As the number of white-collar crimes grows, the demand for better and more skilled financial examiners grows alongside it, making the profession one of the most rewarding in the country.

Universities such as the University of Cincinnati now make their masters in criminal justice programs more accessible through online and distance learning programs. You can pursue an online CJ degree as the first step towards the field of forensic accounting.

Naturally, you also need to have a good understanding of accounting and finance in general. Many who are successful in this field pursued a bachelor’s degree in accounting or financial management before acquiring an online MSCJ degree to enter the field.

Criminology Professor

There is one other profession that you can gain access to upon completing your online CJ degree, and that is a career as a criminology lecturer. As mentioned before, criminal justice is a growing field, which means there are more and more students choosing this field as their majors. You can help guide those students to the field of criminal justice.

The increasing popularity of online courses also means you can work out of an office and still teach students. On top of that, you can pursue a tenure in order to earn more and contribute more to the field. It is one of the best careers in criminal justice if you’re looking for long-term growth.

These aren’t the only careers you can explore, but they are some of the most interesting ones in the field of criminal justice. Complete your CJ degree and start a rewarding career in any of these fields.

October 19, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

October 16, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

October 9, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How to be Appointed as Litigation Friend

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A litigation friend is a person selected to speak or act on behalf of a child or as a representative of a person who is mentally incapacitated. Such person needs to be present at the court of law in the UK. If you are involved in a case like this, we remind that you can ask for legal advice, before making any movement, from a defence solicitor. He/she can also help you to prepare a Crown Court case in the UK for a positive result in your situation.

How a person is selected as a litigation friend

If you have been involved in a serious offence like robbery, theft, fraud or family violence and you cannot manage your own situation, if or not represented by an attorney, you may solicit the help of a litigation friend. According to the laws in the UK, a litigation friend may be solicited in civil cases or at the Court of Protection, but please consider that this kind of support is not the same as the legal assistance offered by an attorney. No matter the case you have been involved in and if you have been charged with serious offences, we recommend you to ask for legal representation at the police station and in the court of law from a criminal lawyer.

The methods of appointing a litigation friend

The court of law decides if a case requires a litigation friend for the persons involved in a trial, and then details will be solicited in this matter, in order to see the eligibility. Moreover, a litigation friend can be selected at the beginning of a trial or during the process, if the court of law considers it is necessary.

The responsibilities of a litigation friend

A litigation friend is the support of a person who is heard in the court of law for a particular case or situation, meaning he/she must take the best decisions, communicate with the attorney of the defendant and especially with the person who needed a litigation friend and who cannot speak on his/her behalf, for example, a child. As a short conclusion, a litigation friend needs to be the voice of an individual charged with offences, but who cannot express himself/herself, due to health problems or any other special status.

October 6, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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