After graduating I was fortunate to obtain employment within a Hampshire law firm, Kings Legal LLP, as a paralegal in the mortgage lender recoveries department. Having heard of the CILEx route through colleagues I decided to look into this further. This route into law appealed greatly as I could remain at work while continuing my studies.
During my period of study I switched to a different law firm, Moore Blatch LLP, where I was employed as a Paralegal in their Professional Negligence Department. My first child was born during this time too, but studying by distance learning through CILEx Law School meant that I was able to support my partner while continuing to work towards my qualification, by fitting in my studies around the commitments of family life.
I was invited by my employer to manage the Debt Recovery and Asset Team, where I have remained since, helping the department to expand both in terms of turnover and client numbers. At the time I was appointed as head of department I had completed most of the academic element of my CILEx qualification and was well on my way to complying with the period of qualifying employment to become a Chartered Legal Executive. Even at that stage I think I had more experience and knowledge than colleagues who were recently qualified solicitors, which played no small part in my selection for the role.