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Positive signs for the legal profession as sector revamps support teams

Positive signs for the legal profession as sector revamps support teams.

While over the last few years the legal profession has, like most sectors, suffered as a result of continued economic uncertainty, today the tide appears to be changing. This is particularly so for senior legal secretarial professionals who are in strong demand as firms begin to restructure and grow their internal departments. That’s according to Caroline Rhodes of specialist legal recruiter, DMJ Legal.

“During the recession, and in its aftermath, support teams within law firms downsized permanent staff in a drive to cut costs and instead relied heavily on temporary employees to work on a project by project basis. However things are beginning to change as firms seek to increase their headcount which can only be a positive sign for the profession as a whole”.

Rhodessays that as firms have increasingly begun to hire permanent support staff since the beginning of the year, there has been a clear need for employees to support and manage these teams. As a direct result, there has been heightened demand for Secretarial Team Leaders, a role not seen advertised since before the Global Economic Crisis.

“We’ve been inundated in the last couple of months with requests for senior secretarial staff who can enter a firm and manage an existing team of support staff. And whilst these staff are assuming a management role, we are seeing a desire from clients to employ candidates who can not only oversee fellow employees, but who can also get stuck in with the day-to-day administrative element of a busy law firm too. Candidates that have both these skills are being snapped up quickly in today’s market and we imagine this trend is set to gain pace as the economy recovers in the coming months.”

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