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Having a career in the law is not just about being a lawyer. There are a number of other legal workplaces, and each one of them will have people working differently, but all using the law:-

Local solicitor's offices like Toller Beattie LLP
Local Councils
The Court Service, the Magistrates, County and Higher Courts around the country
The Crown Prosecution Service
Big City law firms in London, other major cities and around the world
The Civil Service
The Military
Larger companies with "in house" lawyers
Barristers
And many more

In Toller Beattie LLP we have:-

Receptionist
Secretaries
Credit Controller
Accounts Staff
Office Manager
IT Manager
Paralegals
Legal Executives
Solicitors


They are all working in the law, but in very different ways, and some have a very highly specialised role. They are all important to, and valued by, the firm.

Our RECEPTIONIST has to be quick, friendly and discreet, but she also has to deal with people who may be angry, upset or very worried. Sometimes they don't know who they want to speak to, or whether they have a legal problem. It is her job to find someone in the office who can help them. But she doesn't just sort out visitors and phone calls. She is responsible for safe storage and retrieval of deeds, wills and stored files as well as the post coming in and going out.

Our SECRETARIES do lots of accurate typing and collating of documents, often in a hurry. They also have to help to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for clients, and that may involve talking to them about what is happening, fixing up meetings and even sometimes going to Court or going out to see someone who needs to sign a document. When a new client comes in we can never be sure what help they will need, so the work can be very varied, but it is all about people, their problems, and issues.

The CREDIT CONTROLLER and ACCOUNTS STAFF are responsible for making sure all the money coming in and going out is properly recorded in the right way in the firm's accounts, and that peoples bills are paid on time. A lot of the money that comes through Toller Beattie's bank account is not our money, it belongs to our clients, and our accounts staff have to make sure that client's money is kept separate in a way that complies with very strict rules laid down by law. It's a responsible job for someone good with figures. They also help to prepare the annual budget and produce regular financial information for the firms Partners.

Our OFFICE MANAGER started working with us as a receptionist and got promoted. She is responsible for the smooth running of the office. This includes sorting out any repairs and maintenance, ordering equipment and materials and sorting out staff problems as well as recruiting non-legal staff.

Our IT MANAGER looks after all our IT systems, sorts out the website and our in house publishing as well as dealing with any problems that the rest of us may have with our computers and their systems. He ensures our systems are up to date, and keeps track of how IT can be used to benefit both clients and staff. An important aspect of his role is to provide training for all staff on all aspects of using our technical system, so that we can all work as efficiently as possible whether we are in the office or out and about.

PARALEGALS often started life as secretaries, but have decided that they would like a bit more responsibility, so they start to take on specific legal jobs under supervision. Over the years Toller Beattie has trained a number of secretaries this way, and it can be a route to qualification as a legal executive or a solicitor. At the moment we have paralegals working in our Probate (wills), criminal, and house buying and selling (Conveyancing) departments.

CHARTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVES have formal legal training, often while they work as para-legals, but the training is not as wide ranging as that of solicitors, and tends to focus on narrower areas of law, but within that area they can become highly expert

Most, but not all of our SOLICITORS have a university degree, though not always in law. Whether the solicitor has a degree or not, they will all have been through a lengthy period of legal training before qualification, giving an opportunity to experience the sort of law work done in different departments. We divide solicitors into 2 groups:

- the "contentious" ones who deal with cases where there is likely to be a court case (criminal, divorce, accident claims etc) and

- the non-contentious ones who deal with cases where there is less likely to be a court case ( property transactions, buying and selling businesses, commercial advice , dealing with wills etc)

- but there is often an overlap so we often work together on cases to make sure that the client gets the best advice that we can give.

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If you would like more detailed information about the routes to qualification and career paths for LEGAL EXECUTIVES, SOLICITORS or BARRISTERS then please follow the links below:

Looking at the Law Society Careers website - http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/careersinlaw.page

Looking at the Legal Executives website - http://www.ilex.org.uk

Looking at the Barristers website - http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/becoming-a-barrister

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