What made you pursue a career as a paralegal?
While in sixth year at school I did legal studies as an extra-curricular subject, which I enjoyed and this led to me on to further study. My first job after graduating was in the local authority’s legal department. I primarily dealt with matters relating to social work cases, with a little bit of property on the side. I left the local authority when my son was born, and when I returned to work it was to a small/medium-sized legal firm dealing with litigation, property, wills and executries. I now concentrate solely on property, but have not lost my interest in the other practice areas.
Why did you decide to join the committee?
I think paralegals do a fantastic job and want to help promote the AP status and to ensure that all paralegals achieve recognition within the legal profession and further afield.
Have your perceptions of the Law Society of Scotland changed since you joined the committee?
A little. I did not realise just how varied the work of the Society is.
What have been the highlights for you personally?
I have not been on the committee long enough to have a clear highlight, but each meeting brings something different and they have all been very interesting.
What are the main issues you think the committee has to address at the moment?
Reviewing and increasing legal domains and increasing membership.
What’s your top tip for accredited paralegals?
Complete the required CPD, go to events and network with your peers. Share your status with pride.
If you could change only one thing for accredited paralegals, what would it be?
I would make regulation compulsory. I believe that paralegals should be regulated in the same way as solicitors and I have no doubt that it will happen one day.
What keeps you busy outside of work?
I do some voluntary work every other weekend, and during the summer months I can usually be found at a cold and wet field supporting my son’s pipe band.
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