We spoke to Simon Bransby, Chartered Legal Executive at Morgan Jones Pett and asked him all about his route into his career in the legal sector.
How long have you worked at Morgan Jones Pett?
I have been at Morgan Jones Pett for 24 years, starting with them in 1995. I am a specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence compensation and have a real passion for helping people, especially those who have been injured whether in an accident or as a result of a clinical error.
What route did you take to become a Chartered Legal Executive?
When I was 17 years old, I contacted Norwich Union (now Aviva) to see if they had any jobs available and they came back and offered me a job as an office junior, in their solicitors department. I often used to push a post trolley so started right at the bottom!
Whilst I was at Aviva, I worked in all the departments within their solicitors office the legal department and during this time, I was offered the chance to complete day release at Norwich City College to undertake the CILEx course, which is the non-university route to qualify as a lawyer.
Once I completed the course, I went into private practice at a law firm in Lowestoft before joining Morgan Jones Pett in 1995 to focus on personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
What made you want to a Chartered Legal Executive?
I have always had a passion to help people and my role in personal injury and clinical negligence work allows me to do just that.
How does a Chartered Legal Executive role differ to that of a Solicitor?
A Legal Executive pretty much does exactly the same work as a solicitor, it is just a different qualification. To be a solicitor you have usually done a law degree or a different degree and converted it before starting the LPC. The main advantage of the Chartered Legal Executive qualification is it will be the ‘non-university’ route and can be completed part time at college. A lot of people choose this route as you study alongside working so not only do you gain valuable work experience, you also tend to avoid the debt often associated with studying at university.
What has been your career highlight?
After taking over a multi-million pound case involving a 7-year old who suffered a brain injury in a road traffic accident and settling it at a High Court hearing in London, I was travelling on the Tube, and a gentleman was reading about the case in his newspaper! That particular case made the national news and I was also interviewed on local radio in Norfolk. At the time it was one of the top awards ever for a road traffic accident claim and after all these years its great to see the difference that it has made to Leigh-Ann and her family.
Leigh-Ann’s story can be viewed here.
I also love where I work, 24 years with the same company is testament to that.
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