Senior Secretary, IPT Job at DLA Piper – in Dublin

Job Description



DLA Piper has a unique approach to our legal secretarial function – ‘the hub’ (a model encouraging true teamwork). This approach allows us to stretch and develop your skills ensuring you are given interesting work at an appropriate level whilst making sure you are not over-burdened. You still have contact with clients and partners but you will collaborate and work with a wider range of people in the department than in a traditional secretarial model.

The feedback on ‘the hub’ from our existing team has been really positive – we see it as the natural evolution of secretarial services.

We have 4 levels of role in the team:
Team Coordinator – monitors incoming work and team capacity and distributes jobs and projects to members of the team, whilst also operating as a senior level secretary. They are also responsible for communicating with fee earners to keep them appraised of a task or projects status

Senior Secretary – takes ownership for the efficient running of the team by role-modelling as an effective and responsible team member and act as workflow supervisor where required

Secretary – provides general secretarial and administration services as part of the secretarial team

Team Administrator – a junior role for those still developing their skills, undertakes routine secretarial tasks at the direction of the Team Coordinator


Takes ownership for the efficient running of the team – acting as an senior team member by setting a good example to more junior team members

Plays an active role in knowledge sharing with administrative staff to ensure growth and development

Acts as workflow supervisor, when required, on a shared basis with other senior secretaries

Ensures urgent work is promptly completed or delegated to the appropriate team member

Ensures all work (other than confidential) is directed through the team and works hard to make sure fee earners follow this process

Delegates all junior level tasks to administrative resource

Assists the team in providing fee earners with effective and high quality secretarial support, enabling them to focus on providing the best legal services to clients

Undertakes all aspects of the role using the most appropriate tools and resources for the task to meet deadlines

Demonstrates flexibility and proactively contribute to the team’s success by actively seeking to improve working processes

Ensures all work is undertaken in the correct priority order

Devises a plan to share complex tasks which are time bound

Proactively engages with and assists fee earners regarding work requirements and encourages and supports all team members to utilise the team

Communicates with fee earners to keep them appraised of a task’s status

Engages in mutual delegation of tasks between team members and assist the team to meet deadlines

Ensures clear and concise record keeping relating to tasks undertaken and correct filing of tasks and supporting materials (e.g. email instructions / discussions)

Follows team processes and procedures when undertaking tasks

Collaborates with team members on team processes, procedures and solutions – ensuring more junior members of the team understand and adhere to these

Actively participates in team meetings


Extensive relevant experience as a legal secretary

Have a strong working knowledge of WorkSite and Bighand or similar tools

IT literate with high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint,

Word, Outlook) & Lync – Skype for Business

Excellent diary management

Exemplary document management and filing

Excellent telephone manner

Detailed understanding of billing

Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills

Applies knowledge and judgement to solve problems and make decisions

Experience of delegating to, and training, junior team members

Friendly, personable and approachable

Excellent communicator- both written and verbally

Adaptable and flexible

Confident and professional

Conscientious and diligent

Remains calm under pressure


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

Be Supportive – we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully

Be Collaborative – we give, we share and we join in

Be Bold – we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big

Be Exceptional – we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

Primary Location: Ireland-Dublin

Job: Property & Workplace

Schedule: Full-time

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