What made you pursue a career as a paralegal?
I was a Parliament House Clerk (court runner) many moons ago, before the term paralegal was acknowledged in Scotland. I was interested in civil litigation, so jumped at the chance to train as a paralegal when my employers Campbell Smith offered. I now run nearly all our Court of Session cases and enjoy the work very much.
Why did you decide to join the committee?
I was very interested in raising the profile of paralegals in Scotland and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be part of the committee which would oversee their accreditation.
Has your perception of the Society changed since then?
No. I think the Society looks after its members well and my view hasn’t changed over the years. I am glad it also looks after paralegals who are accredited.
What are the main issues the committee has to address at present?
I think the main issue is to make law firms aware of how beneficial it is to have their paralegals join the status. We need to try and encourage more of them.
What’s your top tip for accredited paralegals?
Do not work long hours. You need a balanced home/work life. It makes you more effective when you are
If you could change only one thing, what would it be?
Make it mandatory for anyone in a paralegal role to be accredited.
What keeps you busy outside work?
I love reading and going to see films. I am a member of the Usher Hall Community Choir. Singing is so uplifting and makes you feel good, especially when you have had a bad day at work!
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