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"From my first job here as an office junior, I knew that I wanted to be a solicitor, so I decided to study locally for my Foundation Degree in Paralegal Skills. It meant that I could combine work and study and continue to live locally. "I have since been promoted and have taken on more study, so that my career can grow and develop. Combining part-time study with working as a paralegal helped me to develop my legal skills."
"I enjoy working as a PA here as everyone is very friendly and helpful and the job is varied – this is a fast-paced environment and no two days are the same. "There are lots of career opportunities for support staff to advance, from office junior to PA, or even to qualify as a legal executive or a solicitor and training is always available for support staff to enhance our skills."
"Choosing law as one of my A Levels made me realise that this was where my career lay – I’ve been here now for nine years and I’m a senior associate now. "I had the chance to have work experience after school in both barristers’ chambers and solicitors, so I could narrow down which branch of the law was for me. After A-levels I went on to study for an LLB in Law at the University of the West of England, and stayed there to complete my LPC full time."
"I joined the firm as a paralegal in 2009 in the middle of a recession – at a time when many firms were making cuts, Harrison Clark Rickerbys gave me this opportunity and I have always been grateful for that. “Throughout my time here, the firm has always provided me with the platform, opportunities and guidance needed to meet my targets – it believes in helping individuals fulfil their potential and providing all individuals with equal opportunities to progress.”
“I joined the firm when I was 18 as an apprentice, after my A-Levels. I chose a route where I could ‘earn and learn’, using the CILEx route to qualification, supported throughout by the firm. I began work as a paralegal for a partner in the family law team, and finished that part of my studies 18 months later; once I had graduated, I started on the Graduate Diploma in Law. I hope to start the LPC, again part time, in September – if all goes to plan I will qualify as a solicitor in 2020.”