Meet the Team: Emma James

Emma James, The Employment SolicitorTrainee Solicitor, Emma James, talks about her journey into the legal profession and her aspirations for the future.

Emma, tell me about your journey into the legal profession

I originally studied for a degree in Business. After that I fell into a job at Worcester County court where I developed an interest in law and the legal system. I began studying for an AS level in Law, then applied for a scholarship through HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to study the Common Professional Examination (CPE) which is a postgraduate law course that is taken by non-law graduates. This was followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors which I completed with distinction.

What happened next?

I got married and had two children and for 10 years I gave up on a legal career. I lacked confidence given the time that had passed. I also struggled to find law firms willing to take on part-time staff requiring flexibility due to family commitments.

What attracted you to The Employment Solicitor?

Something about the advert I saw on Facebook gave me the confidence to apply, although interestingly I was not even looking for a job at the time as I was on maternity leave! The firm seemed to offer the role I wanted and the flexibility I needed. Like other parents, my children are my paramount concern and I did not want to work full-time.

I was terrified at the interview but Helen put me at ease immediately! I was struck by the modern working practices and the fabulous office environment. I knew immediately that it was something special.

I joined the firm as a Paralegal and within three months, I was offered a training contract, the final stage in my ambition to become a solicitor.

What are your future aspirations?

Ultimately to qualify as a solicitor, be able to help and assist clients and be confident in what I do.

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