Working for the legal department of a local authority – Paula Dalton

“I knew about the CILEx route because my uncle was a Chartered Legal Executive, and it seemed like a good career choice. I got a job at Hand Morgan & Owen, Solicitors straight from school after completing my A Levels, and enrolled on my first CILEx courses at the same time.

I then joined Staffordshire County Council as a Law Clerk before progressing to become a Trainee Legal Executive. A great advantage of the CILEx route is that you are working while studying. The courses made sense to me because I was dealing with matters in practice and explaining procedures to clients.

When I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive, I became a Senior Officer and was then eventually promoted to become a Property and Development Team Leader.

I think that following the CILEx route has made me a good lawyer, and clearly my employers agree in that they have made me a Team Leader, supervising 26 people including qualified solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives amongst others. I am delighted to be helping to make parity between solicitors, barristers and Chartered Legal Executives a reality.”