Lawyer's Clerk in United States

at a Confidential Company

Legal / Law
Administration & Office Support
Minimum Qualification
High School
Required Experience
Entry Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Lawyer's Clerk Job Description

*Lawyer's clerks undertake the day-to-day business administration and running of a lawyer's chambers.

*Lawyer's clerks work in an administrational capacity within barrister chambers, attending to much of the accounts, schedules and paperwork associated with a legal practice.

*They keep chamber diaries up-to-date, ensure every member is informed of their commitments, and calculate and negotiate fees for the work carried out.

Duties and Responsibilities

*Negotiating and agreeing fees for cases.

*Appropriately allocating cases to lawyers, taking into account experience, availability, skills and specialisms.

*Planning lawyers’ workloads.

*Negotiating and agreeing a timetable of required work.

*Managing financial accounts.

*Organising case fees collection.

*Checking computerised diaries and court listings to avoid clashes in commitments.

*Undertaking relevant research.

*Carrying out administrative and business management activities.

*Seeking work and marketing the chambers via events and seminars.

*Keeping up-to-date with legal developments, particularly in specialist areas.

*Liaising with other solicitors.

*Providing the client’s solicitor with information about progress or possible delays in cases.

*Supervising young lawyers and pupils, helping them to shape their careers and build a reputation in a particular field of law.

*Planning cases, including accounting for anticipated number of days in court.

*Organising meetings between clients, lawyers and instructing solicitors.

*By virtue of lawyers' busy schedules, the work of a lawyer's clerk can be demanding with long hours, heavy work loads and tight deadlines to match.

Qualifications and Training

*There are no essential qualifications required to be a lawyer's clerk, save for at least four credit passes in high school certificate examination including English and Maths.

Skills and Specifications

*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

*Excellent organisational skills combined with good time and people management skills.

*Firm knowledge of the legal process and appropriate professional manner.

*Self-confidence, motivation and determination for the success of the chambers.

*Good IT skills.

*Ability to handle high pressure, long hours, demanding deadlines and great responsibility.
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