From leaving school with no A-levels to working as a paralegal – Simon Rowe

Simon Rowe is a Graduate Member of CILEx. He now plans to complete the qualifying employment period to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

Simon explains how following the CILEx route has helped him go from leaving school with no A-levels to working in his current position as a paralegal with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield– a company that develops and manages flagship shopping centres.

How did you hear about the CILEx route and why did you choose to study with CILEx Law School?

“I was working as a leasing administrator within the legal department of a commercial property developer. A colleague had passed Landlord and Tenant Law at Level 6 with CILEx Law School (CLS), and spoke very highly of the school and course generally.

“Given the nature of my work, I was keen to learn more about the landlord and tenant relationship and its governing law. My employer, agreeing that knowledge of the subject would be of benefit to my role within the team, kindly offered to cover the tuition fees, so I enrolled to study what would go on to be my first of 16 units with CLS.

“When I started with CLS I had no qualifications, as I’d left school at 17, towards the end of my first year of A-levels. I’d become unhappy with my subject choices and, as it was too late to switch, decided to take a break.”

What is your role now and how have your CILEx studies helped you to gain promotion/recognition?

“Having completed the academic stage of my training, I now plan to complete the qualifying employment period to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

“I have been promoted to the position of paralegal, responsible for a variety of asset management transactions within the legal-leasing department.”

How did you find the whole experience of working while studying?

“Working while studying is always going to be difficult. You’ve got to plan your revision time carefully and be disciplined enough to stick to your timetable which, for the most part, I think I did.

“During the past six years studying with CLS I’ve travelled into London for work and raised two children. Finding time to put aside to study has been a massive challenge, and at times it has been really stressful, but it has also been enormously rewarding.”