Tatiana, a key member of our Dispute Resolution Team, has successfully qualified and been admitted to the 'Roll of Solicitors'. A great achievement that only comes with hard work and dedication, especially if you chose the route Tatiana took to get there. We talked to Tatiana about her journey and what made her choose law:
A: A few years ago my parents had an issue with a tenant who needed evicting. I decided to assist them with the legal case and found it fascinating reading through caselaw. It was this that sparked my initial interest in law.
A: It would have to be the route I chose, as it wasn’t the traditional training contract route. I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive before applying to be admitted as a solicitor, qualifying via the CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) route. I had to study for the LPC (Legal Practice Course) at weekends at the same time as working full-time, which I would never recommend to anyone! That was by far the most difficult part of my journey – even harder than completing the Bar Practice Training Course.
A: I have enjoyed being given my own workload and the responsibility of running my own cases. This is something I would not have been able to do had I qualified via the trainee route. Whilst my journey to qualification has been a long one, I have gained invaluable experience working as a Legal Executive as it provided me with an essential foundation in which to progress my career as a solicitor.
A: Try and get as much experience as you can before becoming qualified, as it is essential. For example, I worked as a paralegal for 4 years and then as a Legal Executive for 2 years before qualifying. Without that invaluable experience, I am not sure I would have had the confidence to be able to deal with the kinds of cases I deal with on a regular basis.
A: When I was studying law, I always found Lord Denning’s judgments most entertaining to read and he was one of the most prolific judges of his day. For example, he ruled that an unmarried partner who contributes to buying or improving the home may claim a share under trust law, which was a significant departure from the way courts viewed unmarried couples previously.
A: With a very large glass of wine!
My family has always used Clifton Ingram to deal with any legal issues and we have always been very happy with the service we received in the past. This time was no different and we will continue to use Clifton Ingram in the future.
I am very satisfied with every aspect of Clifton Ingram and have been using them for the past 15 years
Thanks to both, Alison and Kelly, for all your help throughout the process. The way you dealt with my case was just what I needed in times of stress. I will not hesitate to use you in future for any other matters and I will recommend your firm to anyone that needs it.
As always your service was exemplary. I have the confidence that you deal with matters as if they were your own interests
An excellent service which I have recommended to others