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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Legal Executive

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€23k > 50 
Legal Executive
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€23 - 50 
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A professional member of The Irish Institute of Legal Executives who assists in general and specialist legal matters.

The Work header image

A Legal Executive is a person qualified by accumulated practical experience and/or academic credentials to offer rather more than secretarial or administrative assistance to a Solicitor or other legal practitioner in the handling of client cases relating to conveyancing, probate, criminal, civil, family or other legal matters.

Acting at the direction and as agent of the practitioner and using his/her own personal experience and knowledge of the conventions and other requirements of the statutory agencies, he/she is often entrusted with the practicalities of progressing a given legal transaction initiated by the practitioner. 

Legal Executives work with solicitors and barristers, in the Courts of Ireland, and within other areas of commercial and legal practice.

Some Legal Executives are also Supreme Court-appointed Commissioners-for-Oaths or go on to become Solicitors themselves.

The Legal Executive is a professional bound by codes of confidentiality and conduct established and enforced in Ireland by the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, a body founded for that purpose and for the advancement of the interests of Legal Executives.

Legal Executives are members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives. The Institute was formed in 1987 and incorporated in 1992. It aims to provide a system of training and examination and to obtain a recognised professional qualification for those engaged in legal work. Members of the Institute are employed in private practice, legal departments of banks, public or local authorities or in industry and commerce.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Prepare and process legal documents and papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions, and pretrial agreements.


Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.


Receive and place telephone calls.


Organize and maintain law libraries, documents, and case files.


Schedule and make appointments.


Make photocopies of correspondence, documents, and other printed matter.


Assist attorneys in collecting information such as employment, medical, and other records.


Draft and type office memos.


Complete various forms, such as accident reports, trial and courtroom requests, and applications for clients.


Prepare and distribute invoices to bill clients or pay account expenses.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Performing Administrative Activities:  Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Entry Routesheader image

The Irish Institute of Legal Executives, in conjunction with Griffith College, Dublin has developed a course specifically for legal executives.

The Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice (Hetac Level 7) is a two year course which is designed to give legal executives the necessary academic and practical skills for a legal office.

Students can start with the Level 6 Certificate in Legal Studies (GC425) which covers foundation knowledge of the concepts and principles of core areas of Irish Law. The course aims to cultivate relevant skills for the work place in an administrative position within a legal firm or other business, or other office-based roles within law enforcement, or the public sector.

Having completed the Certificate in Legal Studies and Practice, students can go on to the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice or the LL.B. (Hons) in Law.

There are a number of levels of membership of the Institute. Members can describe themselves as "Legal Executives" of the Institute or use the applicable initials providing they hold a current annual Practising Certificate.

Last Updated: December, 2015

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Organisation: IILEX - The Irish Institute of Legal Executives
  Address: 22/24 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 890 4278
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