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Support Staff, it’s time to prepare for your salary reviews! It’s coming into that time of year when firms start preparing and gathering data for salary reviews! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a pay rise especially as many people didn’t have their usual review or raise last year. While the data is still being gathered (wage growth numbers are usually released in May), the growth rate is expected to remain lower than pre-COVID rates, at around the 1.4 to 2%, which translates for most legal secretaries on salaries between $60,000-$90,000, to a $1,200 to $1,800 increase. The good news...

Legal Secretary now… what’s next? The 2021 job market for legal secretaries has had a strong start, with many opportunities in not only a great range of practice areas, but also your choice of firm size (including global, top-tier, mid-tier and boutique), meaning lots of options to find the right fit for you.  But if you are looking for something a little different in your next position, there are some great roles where you can focus on your favourite part of the job, whilst taking a new direction with your career!  To get you started, checkout the list below to see if...

The Summer holidays is when many of us take the time to reassess and make plans for the year that is about to start.  No doubt after the year we have had, there will be a lot of people taking time to assess all aspects of their lives over the break. The legal support and shared services job market is most certainly making a fast return; in particular, business development, HR and paralegal roles. Legal secretary opportunities are also making a strong comeback in some practice areas – most notably, in defendant insurance, commercial disputes and employment – and we expect the other practice...

Slowly but surely there’s a sense that life is returning to a new kind of normal and the legal recruitment market continues to move along steadily.  As we approach the other side of the crisis (we hope) it’s important firms take the time to share and recognise what they’ve learned from the pandemic and the way it’s changed us all.  In the midst of the first wave there was talk of it being a time to assess and reprioritise what is important to individuals and businesses.  Remembering what we said and acting upon it will ensure come out of 2020...

The month of August has seen the Legal Support and Shared Services job market in Sydney continued to come back to life, off the back of the professional market continuing to make a strong return in a variety of practice areas, in particular the Insurance, Construction, Disputes and Employment practices.  Whilst the market kept an eye out for a second wave, the Legal Support roles that were put on hold in March become more urgent as teams returned to the “new norm” in respect to workflow, creating a demand for those roles that have been vacant over COVID to be...

With many firms acknowledging that work from home wasn’t as detrimental to productivity as perhaps thought prior to COVID-19, we believe this will be the focus for both employees and firms in the coming months. The positive news on productivity, coupled with claims of a reduction in stress, have been put down to limited or non-existent commute times; online meetings being shorter, more relevant and more succinct; removal of general chit chat and office distractions; balance with co-parenting; time to work-out and or focus on health and wellbeing; in addition to more time for study and/or hobbies, all of which...

Looking for a silver lining can be tough right now, but in a time when there is constant change, and with so much uncertainty surrounding how long this will be the “norm”, I realised that this is an opportunity that the Legal Support community has been waiting for. Often Legal Support staff will come to me frustrated as they aren’t able to secure flexible working arrangements with their current teams and firms. Their requests to Work from Home are more often than not denied, as many partners and/or firms assumed that these are roles that can’t be properly done away from...

Well, 2020 has not exactly started like I thought it would! Within three months we have had catastrophic bushfires and record setting drought, followed by floods, and then, almost just to round out the first quarter of the year with sh*ts and giggles, it’s a global pandemic.  Being a virus that is unknown has resulted in more questions than answers and requires us all to take a minute, or what I like to say to myself, take a breath.  There are plenty of articles and posts about social distancing and best hygiene practices but working from home today got me...

Montgomery Advisory launched its Legal Support and Shared Services division in November 2019, making us one of the few truly full-service legal recruitment agencies in Australia. Over the past 15 years, Director Sommer Bath has led the establishment of two successful Legal Support and Shared Services teams, and is now bringing her talent to Montgomery: “I’m excited to be joining the Montgomery team having worked with Sam and Andrew previously; the opportunity to establish a Legal Support and Shared Services offering under the strong banner of their global brand is something I’m looking forward to. I believe that by being able to...

What date did you join Montgomery?  September 2019 What is the best and worst part of your job?  Aside from getting to work with the Monty crew, getting to help people land their dream job or make steps towards landing their dream job!   The worst part would have to be telling people who are really excited about a role that they didn’t get it. Where did you grow up?  Scone, NSW. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?   A pop-star!  I couldn’t sing or dance but I loved putting on a concert! Who is your mentor or greatest...