Gail, Legal Coordinator
My current role varies from the administration of the legal document system and booking meetings to liaising with external service providers as subject matter experts and assisting the lawyers with any legal work they pass my way.
Correspondence with external service providers for matters relating to company secretarial services or data protection queries for the set up of new technologies and systems and the administration of registrations, as well as assisting the lawyers with legal requests as they come in; from research to document review to contract set-up.
I work mainly as part of a team liaising with a lot of different teams and external providers to facilitate smooth transactions as well as tasks completed under the supervision of a lawyer.
I was working in the industry in administration before I realised it was an area I found interesting and each promotion I received has furthered my interest.
Since I left school I have had five jobs within six years in the industry, three of these were promotions.
Additional experience is always beneficial and training and experience in the current developments are useful in addition to qualifications in the area.
Extremely friendly and sociable, everyone takes an interest in getting to know each other and spend time together outside of the work environment.
Receiving a number of high performance ratings and promotions within my career, as well as opportunities to extend my experience; such as the chance to be involved in the activities in preparation for the sale of a company where I concentrated on controlled drugs, radiation, duty free and import and export licensing as well as the set up a new invoicing system ensuring UK VAT and other requirements were met.
My intention is to complete my degree and to train as a lawyer however there are many other opportunities within the industry such as regulatory affairs which I also find fascinating.
The flexibility to do what is most critical at the time, so excellent time management and organisation is also useful as well as high attention to detail. An interest in the changing laws and regulations that govern the industry is helpful in any role as every day something changes.
Be willing to start from the bottom and work your way up, on the job training and experience is just as valuable as qualifications.