What is your title at Progeny and what does your role entail?
I am a Paralegal at Progeny and I work in the Private Client team. My role consists of supporting the solicitors with all elements of their work.
How long have you worked in your field?
I have worked in legal practice for three years now. I started working part-time whilst studying my post-graduate degree at the University of Law which I completed last year.
Why did you choose this profession?
I have always found it fascinating that the law touches our lives in so many ways and I wanted to be able to understand more of it. I chose Private Client because I enjoy drafting and problem-solving and I think my character is suited to working with clients where sensitive matters can be involved.
Have you always known this was the area for you or did this develop over time?
Yes, I have always wanted to be a solicitor and when I was at sixth form college, I had a great law teacher who inspired me to pursue law as a career.
Tell us a bit about the education and qualifications you need to do your job.
I took quite a traditional route by studying a law degree at university and then completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a Masters in Professional Legal Practice (LLM). To qualify as a solicitor, you must complete a qualifying law degree (LLB) and the LPC, followed by a Training Contract. To be a Paralegal, a law degree helps, but mostly you just need lots of enthusiasm and a desire to learn!
In addition to the qualifications, what further skills, experience and attributes do you think make for a good Paralegal?
There are so many transferrable skills that make for a good Paralegal and because of that, I think having a good attitude and being open to experiencing different roles is key. I used to work behind a bar which really helped develop my confidence and people skills.
What other routes through education/experience might people take to reach your role?
CILEx (The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) is a really good alternative to a law degree as you can complete your legal qualifications whilst working in practice to become a Chartered Legal Executive.
What advice would you give to anyone wishing to follow in your career footsteps?
Don’t rush to qualify! So many people get hung up on securing a training contract straight after university but in reality, taking time to work in the legal sector, establishing yourself and finding your voice can help you build much better foundations for a successful career in legal practice.
What do you see as the next steps in your career?
I have recently been offered a Training Contract at Progeny which is the final step in qualifying as a solicitor. What’s more exciting is that I will be Progeny’s first trainee and the first member of Progeny Law and Tax to join our Adviser Academy.
Any last words of wisdom you’d like to add?
Don’t settle for anything less than working for a firm which reflects your own culture and values.