Legal Assistant

Experienced Legal Assistant / Secretary in Private Client

A multi office High Street, Lexcel accredited practice seeks a Legal Assistant /Secretary with proven, recent private client experience within the Wills & Probate department

The successful candidate must be experienced specifically, in the area of Wills, Probate and LPA’s and be someone who can demonstrate that they have had at least three years’ exposure in assisting a legal advisor with their private client caseload.

The candidate would need to be self-motivated, highly organised and have good communication skills with clients as the role would be client facing.

Our aim is to recruit dynamic, forward thinking individuals who wish to be part of our growth and who share the firm's core values. The practice has been established for nearly 70 years but progressive.

F Barnes are based in Romford, Gidea Park and Collier Row, our legal advisors are all specialists in their respective fields and act for a wide range of commercial and private sector clients.

We would consider someone who is looking for 3-4 days per week as well as someone looking for full time.


The Candidate

  • Must have at least three years’ experience in assisting within Private Client, Wills & Probate.
  • The required experience in drafting and preparing legal documentation: Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills & Trusts, general correspondence;
  • Knowledge of preparing and completing IHT forms such as IHT205, IHT217 and IHT400
  • Able to prepare LPA forms and Wills on the notes of the solicitor
  • Ability to prepare Probate forms online
  • Experience of LEAP case management system preferred
  • Good overall technical knowledge of private client work with the ability to work unsupervised
  • Clear demonstrable ability and keenness to build and maintain client and referrer relationships;
  • Excellent administration and organisational skills;
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Digital audio transcription;
  • Typing speed of 60 WPM
  • Excellent team player;
  • Candidates would need to be able to easily commute to all three offices.

The Role

  • Position is primarily based at Romford working in the Private Client department assisting the legal advisors in this department. Some support maybe required for legal advisors in other offices due to holidays.
  • Working as part of a friendly, enthusiastic team
  • Excellent opportunities to progress
  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm ( we would also consider applicants that wish to work 3-4 days per week.

Salary: Salary & Benefits package is at competitive rates for the area and negotiable according to experience

Job Type: F/T and P/T available


  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Flexi time
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Performance bonus
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