There is more than one way to realise a career in the law and many opportunities to develop and qualify at Lodders, and no one knows this better than private client lawyer Vicki Gulliver, who explains her professional journey with the firm.
I joined Lodders at the age of 19 as an office junior in the Private Client department. Determined from the start, I am now a qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
From my first day, I was encouraged to manage my own career and development.
I have been lucky enough to have a lot of help and encouragement from my team, especially from partner Stephen Brignull who has mentored and coached me through the years of tough part-time study and exams.
I worked my way up the career ladder, starting as office junior then progressing to secretary and paralegal before qualifying.
The Chartered Legal Executive route offers a flexible way of part-time learning whilst working and gaining hands on experience.
Hard work pays off
Having the opportunity to study ‘on the job’ at the same time as learning how a law firm operates was invaluable, and I learnt that hard work really does pay off.
By the time I qualified, I had over four years of experience under my belt, something I wouldn’t have had if I’d taken the traditional route.
Being a wills and probate lawyer means I am often meeting with clients who are experiencing difficult times through bereavement and loss – I lost my father at the age of 22, so I do understand and empathise with my clients at such a difficult and sad time, whilst also taking away some of the burden of the legal issues that face bereaved families.
Click here to read the original article in the latest issue of Lodders Life (page 31).
This is part of our mini series of blogs for National Apprenticeship Week 2018; click here read more about our trainee Scott Parmenter and our trainee programme.