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Congratulations to our new Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer, Gill Gillings

We are delighted to announce that our own Gill Gillings has qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer under the CILEX scheme. Gill joined LGFL after a very long career gap raising her family. With her new qualification, she will now work alongside the Directors on complex cases and her own matters too.

LGFL Managing Director Rita Gupta said:

“We are hugely proud of Gill for qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, and I am truly honoured to be one of her mentors.

When we were advertising for a new PA, I was just about to offer the job to someone else when her CV landed in my inbox. She was leagues above the other candidates with a History degree, GDL and LPC.

I asked if she could come for an interview immediately and she came within two hours. The rest is history!”

 

From history to family law

Gill studied History at university before taking her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the (then) College of Law at Guildford. After working for various local firms in legal secretarial and paralegal positions, Gill joined LGFL.

Over the past six years, she has been a truly invaluable member of the LGFL team, and Gill says she very much enjoys working in family law:

"Family law is both fast-paced and rewarding. As part of the LGFL team, you can make a real, genuine difference to people's lives in a relatively short space of time. That’s very rewarding.

I am also very grateful for the support and belief that Directors Anne and Rita had in me, which gave me the confidence to apply for the CILEX scheme.”

 

The CILEX scheme

The CILEX scheme offers aspiring legal professionals with flexible routes to study while they work, whether they are new to law, have some legal experience, or hold a degree. A CILEX Lawyer is qualified and able to operate at the same level as a solicitor.

The scheme therefore benefits law firms such as LGFL by creating a talented workforce and providing us with much needed specialist skills. (For more details see https://www.cilex.org.uk.)

 

LGFL core values

Gill is proud to share LGFL’s core values of empathy, honesty and straight-talking. She also very much believes in being kind.

“People come to us as family lawyers when they are at their most desperate and vulnerable. It costs us nothing to be kind, and even just a little kindness can help restore their faith in the world again.”

 

Developing our in-house talent at LGFL

All of us are very proud of Gill’s achievements to date, as LGFL Director Anne Leiper explains:

“Gill has been a truly invaluable member of the LGFL team, and an instrumental part of LGFL’s significant growth both during and after the pandemic. She has gained a reputation amongst clients for her emotional intelligence, professionalism and helpful nature and approach.”

We are looking forward to Gill helping future clients with her skill, expertise and empathetic approach.

If you are interested in working for LGFL, you can check out our latest opportunities at our Internships and Mentoring page.