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Legal Assistant - Private Client - Bedford

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and well organised legal assistant to join our friendly, well established and approachable private client team at our Bedford office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Dealing with queries raised by clients, solicitors and other involved parties
  • Provide client updates and monitor matter progression
  • Opening and closing matters on the case management system compliant with the firm’s AML and quality standards and SRA regulations
  • Supervised drafting of basic correspondence, forms and documents.
  • Submitting/registering forms and legal documents Probate Registry, Certainty and HMRC
  • Responsible for the organisation, safe custodian and release of Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney’s, Probates and other associated legal documents.
  • Maintaining contact lists and calendars for fee earners
  • Monitoring deadlines, manage appointments and diaries
  • Searches and registering Wills with Certainty
  • Preparing and submitting bills, payments and receipts, liaising with the finance team
  • Preparing Estate Accounts on Excel
  • Handling overflow client telephone calls
  • Reception cover
  • Preparing and taking the banking and post
  • General administrative tasks
  • Other duties as required to ensure the efficient running of the office

Requirements for this role include:

  • Preferably previous work experience as legal assistant/secretary
  • Satisfactory knowledge of day-to-day operations of a legal office
  • Advanced computer literacy (word, excel, outlook)
  • Working knowledge of case management software
  • Proficiency in English
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple activities and work under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Location: Bedford - office based role
  • Hours: 9:00 – 5:15 Mon to Fri
  • Attractive salary dependent on experience
  • 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Holiday bonus scheme
  • Comprehensive training and development opportunities including support to study for professional qualifications
  • Firm funded eye tests

Please send a CV and covering letter to Lindsay Carter - lindsaycarter@hcbgroup.com