Working for the legal department of a local authority – Mair Young

“Before I completed my law degree at university, I knew I did not want to undertake the LPC course. I wanted to first obtain experience in the work place to be sure that I wanted to progress with a legal career. I met colleagues during my first role who were training to become Chartered Legal Executives and this inspired to do the same.

After graduating from Aberystwyth University, I worked in a local law firm as a legal assistant undertaking civil litigation matters such as housing disrepair and personal injury claims. I then joined Wolverhampton City Council as a trainee legal executive in the property and development team and enrolled on the CILEx fast-track qualification for law graduates, and quickly became a CILEx Fellow after that, as I already had several years’ experience working on a variety of property and project matters.

I then felt ready to apply for a more senior role and move to Staffordshire County Council, where I have now been for 8 years. I undertake all aspects of property work including major sale/acquisition projects, joint venture agreements, compulsory purchase orders, and academy conversions to name just a few.

Recently, I have secured a promotion to jointly deputise the 18-strong property team. This has allowed me to continue to work on major projects while also providing support to the team leader in the management of the team. My team leader is Paula Dalton (see testimonial below), who is also a Chartered Legal Executive.

I think the perception of CILEx has changed quite a bit in the last few years. My experience has been very positive and having worked in a local authority environment for the last 12 years or so has allowed me to progress to a post that I couldn’t ever have imagined doing.”