News Law firms Clarke Willmott outsources typing, broadens secretarial role By The Lawyer 11 October 2009 00:00 13 December 2015 18:10 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 17 October 2009 at 15:12 Usual twaddle from a managing partner. This is happening a lot – highly paid administrative roles within a firm are made redundant and then the secretaries are expected to take on these roles for nothing. And if cost-saving is not the chief reason for out-sourcing the typing what is? You are right David – the secretaries you have left probably are very good – and far too bright to be taken in by your hogwash! Reply Link Anonymous 22 October 2009 at 13:17 Well said anonymous. If you can get a badly paid secretary to do the work of an overpaid lawyer on top of all their other duties, then the bigger share the partners will take home, eh Mr Sedgwick? Secretaries always bear the brunt when it comes to cost cuts. Contrary to popular belief, it is a skilled job that not everyone is good at (ask any lawyer who has had a bad secretary), yet they are treated as disposable. When it comes to “cost-saving” measures, I’d like to see how much of a cut the senior lawyers and partners are taking. I suspect not much. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.