Coodes is celebrating the First Hundred Years project, marking the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to become lawyers.
To commemorate the first 100 years of female lawyers, Coodes is putting the spotlight on some of its own team members. Here, Chartered Legal Executive Kathryn Shaw reflects on her experiences as a conveyancer.
Thirteen years ago I attended a solicitor’s appointment with my friend. I was working in retail management at the time but found the appointment really interesting and, as I helped my friend throughout the process, completing paperwork etc, decided that this might be the new career for me! Shortly after that, I began studying CILEx at the local college at evening classes and the rest is history.
I act in all manner of property transactions but particularly enjoy guiding first time buyers through the process of making the biggest purchase they have ever made to date. Their excitement on completion is infectious!
I really appreciate the open and supportive culture where you are encouraged to progress. I work with a great group of people.
It was to be qualifying as a Fellow of CILEx following many years studying. It involved 14 written exams and completing a hefty portfolio of evidence.
The main change I have seen is the increase in promotion of female lawyers to senior positions in the legal sector.
Consider and research different routes of qualification – there are lots of options!