I started out as an office junior on a Youth Training Scheme and am now a Chartered Legal Executive

I started out my legal career in 1988 on a Youth Training Scheme with a large practice in Birmingham. My duties involved being a general office junior as well as some receptionist and secretarial work. From there I worked as a legal secretary in a number of firms over a fifteen-year period, increasing in competence and experience with each move, before being encouraged by an employer to study to become a qualified lawyer through CILEx. I enrolled with CILEx Law School (then ILEX Tutorial College) and achieved all my exams by distance learning within a period of 4 years.

Despite having many years’ experience in litigation it was through studying for my CILEx exams that I realised I had a particular interest in Wills and Administration of Estates. A vacancy arose within the Private Client Department in my firm and this is the area of law I have practised for the past 3 1/2 years.

I am extremely proud of what I have achieved over the last few years and grateful to my employers for giving me the opportunity. I was always encouraged to broaden my knowledge and supported, and CILEx is a fantastic opportunity to show that you can compete and work alongside solicitors and barristers. The level of knowledge and experience CILEx-qualified lawyers acquire in the course of their training is second to none.

Lisa Stanton, Chartered Legal Executive, CILEx Law School Alumna