Completing your Level 6 Diploma alongside qualifying employment – Charlie Bretherick

Charlie Bretherick is currently working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive. She is close to completing her CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and intends to study for the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice and complete her qualifying employment through her role within the Medical Protection Society’s claims team.

What were your qualifications when starting on the CILEx route?

I have a masters degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Leeds.

How did you hear about the CILEx route and why did you choose to study with CILEx Law School?

I began working at a medical defence organisation, the Medical Protection Society, and became interested in pursuing my legal training. I discovered that CILEx qualifications were being offered by my employer and was successful in applying for funding from them.

How have your CILEx studies benefitted you at work?

My first role in the legal sector was as an operations administrator with the Medical Protection Society in their claims team. The team deals with defending clinical negligence cases.

I have since gained a year of experience as a claims assistant within the team and have recently secured a trainee claims manager role managing my own cases. My success in my CILEx exams has proven my capacity to learn and apply the law and has been an integral part to my career progression.

What are your career intentions now?

I have two exams left to finish my CILEx Level 3, then Level 6 while I progress to become a fully trained claims manager. Following that, I intend to complete my work-based learning portfolio to become a CILEx Fellow and Chartered Legal Executive. After that, who knows? For now I’m taking it one CILEx exam at a time.

How have you found the whole experience of working while studying?

Tiring but worth it. It is exhausting working full time and finding time to study as well but I do love learning and am enjoying getting to grips with the different subjects. I am fortunate to have brilliant family, friends and colleagues supporting me during my studies as well which really helps.