I started work in a solicitors practice as an Office Junior just over 30 years ago. I made the tea, photocopied and hand delivered local post amongst other duties. I used an old typewriter which meant that I had to use Liquid Paper and Tippex (remember that?) and had put a piece of carbon paper between my letters to create a “copy”. That seems a distant memory now.
Eventually the Partner I worked for suggested that my skills could be put to better use. I decided to qualify as a Paralegal. I took the Family Law Paralegal Course through the University of Strathclyde and despite not really believing in myself I passed the course.
I became a Qualified Paralegal working in family law. I quickly built up my own case load dealing with clients going through divorce, disputes over children and issuing applications for clients suffering domestic violence within their relationships and representing clients at court.
I recall how daunted I felt the first time I represented a client at court. I think I was probably more nervous than my client but the outcome was good. My client got the Order she wanted and I never looked back.
No two days are ever the same. For me, the best days are the days I need to issue an urgent application for a client whose children have not been returned following contact or a client who needs the protection of an Injunction (Non Molestation Order). Those types of cases result in our whole team pulling together to get a good outcome for the client. There is nothing more pleasing than a satisfied client.
Whilst things have changed a lot for me over the last 30 years – I still make a good cup of tea!!
If you need advice on a family law matter, please telephone and speak to myself or any of the other Family Law fee earners. We offer free half hour appointments, appointments at short notice and tailored appointments to suit your specific needs.
Telephone 01924 332395
Sally Wadsworth is a member of Resolution.