Excellent bonus
Hybrid working
Flexible benefits

Trainee Legal PA

Salary £21,000
Location Belfast
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

What should you expect from this opportunity?

This is a great opportunity for individuals, who are eager to pursue a career as a Legal PA, to develop their experience in a supportive and collaborative environment. As an introduction to this career, we have designed, structured and developed this Trainee Legal PA Scheme to give you an experience which is practical and enjoyable whilst authentically reflecting the experience of a Legal PA. You will work alongside our established teams, reporting directly into a Lead Legal PA, supporting a range of Lawyers and Partners while enjoying structured work-based learning and skills training.

While shadowing an experienced PA, you will be provided the opportunity to rotate through different departments, picking up a range of responsibilities and experiences.

The type of work you can expect will include:

  • Diary management
    • Ensuring client meetings and clashes do not occur
    • Arranging meetings on behalf of partners/lawyers/clients – ensuring that they have the appropriate materials
    • Arranging business travel and webinar arrangements
  • File management – opening and closing files using electronic filing systems
  • Mailbox management
  • Communicating with fee earners on a regular basis (face to face and over the telephone/video call)
  • Undertaking typing to help with documents
  • Take messages from clients and passing on messages to the relevant fee earner
  • Work with Legal Support Services across the Firm (such as the document production team and practice administration team)
  • Support fee earners with their time recording
  • Liaise with the billing team
  • Submit invoices
  • Prepare draft letters and emails
  • Prepare presentations and meeting papers
  • Opening new clients (supporting AML processes and working with the firm's Risk Team)
  • Work with the Marketing Team to upload and update content on the Firm's website and internal intranet
  • Support fee earners with Business Development and Bids management and processes

What can we offer you?

Fieldfisher's varied benefits package is designed to support and enrich our people. After all, they are the core of what we do. This includes Private Health insurance, Life assurance & Income protection, Flexi gym discounts, Season ticket loans, Bike to work loans and many more.

Working in Fieldfisher Belfast 

Our vibrant, modern working spaces are based in the iconic Titanic Quarter. You will be joining a new and exciting office environment which has seen rapid expansion since its opening in August 2018. We have recently celebrated our 3rd anniversary and just launched an inaugural graduate scheme, so it's fair to say that you will be a part of something big! And yes, we're all aboard the 'hot-desking' bandwagon but who isn’t in 2021!? There's nothing better than a modern, open plan workspace – friendly Office Manager included.

With a diverse team of 80 Fee Earning and Business Support staff, team get-togethers, away days, social events and charity committee, we really have nailed this collaborative & fun work environment thing. 

Culture & Personal Development

We’re a firm with real entrepreneurial drive and we don’t believe in squashing people’s individuality. We want you to use your unique talents and experiences to help the firm grow. You can only do that by being yourself. And working closely and collaboratively with people throughout the firm. That’s why we foster a culture that encourages you to be yourself.

We’ll give you bespoke support to develop your own career. Whether that’s through allowing you to “access all areas” across the firm, funding you through training for professional development qualifications, or making sure you have a structured career plan, we’ll make sure your talents are being nurtured.

Inclusiveness and Diversity

At Fieldfisher we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. Our Inclusiveness and Diversity ("I&D") Strategy is firmly rooted in Fieldfisher's overall business strategy; we very much view I&D as being core to the business and we aim to integrate it into all our systems and processes.


What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • Team player
  • Reliable and professional
  • Good written and strong communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong educational background (preferable a graduate from a Business/Secretarial college)
  • C and above in Maths and English
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Enthusiastic, keen and proactive
  • Experience of working in a customer facing role would be advantageous (such as retail and hospitality)

The Recruitment Process

As a Firm, our ability to deliver the quality of advice and service to our clients relies on the quality of our people and it's important that we're the right fit for each other.

We have designed our selection process to be rigorous, yet fair. There are several stages to our application process, but our dedicated Talent Acquisition Team are on hand throughout the entire process to give you all the help and support you need.

  1. Online application form
  2. Online test
  3. Telephone interview
  4. Face to face assessment centre

Important Dates (*please note these dates are subject to change*)

  • Applications Open: 22 October 2021
  • Applications Close: 26 November 2021
  • Assessment Centres: 13 & 14 December 2021
  • Start Date:  January 2022

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy and natural resources, technology, financial services and life sciences.

Our clients range from household social media, technology and media companies, as well as global financial institutions, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, major FMCG brands and public bodies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and knowledge, on time and on budget.

Our network has more than 1,550 people working across the world providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We have 25 offices in 11 countries and our team is based in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

Most recently, the firm has been recognised for its work across a number of practice areas.  We have been shortlisted for M&A Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2021; Litigation Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards 2021 and for Innovation in rescue, restructuring and recovery award at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2021.

Generous annual leave

Health insurance

Pension contributions

Life assurance

Season ticket loans

Bike to work loans

"It is great being in a firm which "gets" cross-office working – to feel properly part of a national team and to work with colleagues in other specialisms who are unconstrained by geography."

"I consider Fieldfisher to be a progressive firm with an understanding of social values. I'm pleased that staff is able to have input in the firm's direction and purpose as well as help to shape wider society. I'm encouraged to perform by being able to develop in a natural way, whilst being supported at every step.

Fieldfisher has managed to nurture a really positive and friendly culture. If they have drive and ambition, I would encourage anybody looking for a role here to grab the opportunity."

"Since joining Fieldfisher in 2016, I have progressed from an entry-level secretarial role to an experienced executive assistant. This was made possible by a supportive and inclusive working environment that allows staff to progress at a pace that is best suited to them which in turn makes for well-rounded, home-grown talent.

The firm strikes a great balance between providing the foundations for success and autonomy of your own growth and development. An insight I would give to potential applicants is that Fieldfisher offers the opportunity for a career and a sense of belonging to a community and not just a job."

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