Entry-Operator

Legal Assistant

Also known as: Advanced Legal Assistant, Legal Executive, Paralegal.

Legal Assistants perform a variety of legal tasks under the supervision of Solicitors, Barristers or Clerks of Court. A Lawyer provides advice to clients on a variety of matters and may write and submit documents on their behalf as well as represent them in court or at tribunal hearings. The mining, oil and gas sectors are looking for motivated and qualified legal assistants to fill jobs vacancies.

Duties

  • Search land titles to check details such as property boundaries and ownership of the property;
  • Attend settlements for the purchase or sale of land;
  • Examine contracts and obtain information about contracts so that Solicitors can proceed with finalisation;
  • Fill out legal forms and lodge them with government offices, interview clients and draft clauses for contracts;
  • Undertake company, business name, bankruptcy and other searches;
  • Help maintain bookkeeping records;
  • Prepare statements of evidence by witnesses and briefing papers for use by Barristers (this happens when a Solicitor's client has to go to court);
  • Assist clients by providing information on legal processes;
  • Assist prosecuting or defence lawyers in court and arrange for the attendance of witnesses at court;
  • Brief witnesses and take notes of evidence; and
  • Assist Barristers and senior counsel with case management.

Skills Required

  • Interest in and knowledge of the law;
  • Good knowledge of English;
  • Accuracy and precision; and
  • Able to think logically and clearly.

Salary

$50,000 - $85,000