Working and studying meant I was able to put my newfound knowledge into practice
Vidhya Panchal is a Graduate Member of CILEx, having completed her CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma with CILEx Law School. She works as a Residential Conveyancer for a solicitors’ practice in the Midlands.
Why did you decide to progress your career by studying with CILEx Law School?
Studying by distance learning with CILEx Law School meant that I still had the opportunity to work full time, earn money and obtain experience in the conveyancing sector at the same time.
I started studying just as I got my first legal job. This meant I could not only gain the knowledge, but I could also practise what I had learnt as I was studying.
As I already had a degree in International Law, that meant I could progress straight to the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma, which fulfils the academic part needed to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
What was the best thing about studying with CILEx Law School?
The great flexibility. As you have 15 months to complete the course rather than nine months like you would at university, it means there’s not that added extra pressure and you are able to fit your studies around your own personal life.
You also have access to the materials 24 hours of the day. The resources are really useful, especially the short webinars and guidance sheets for each task.
How have you progressed your career in the legal sector?
I worked in my first role as a Conveyancing Paralegal for nearly two years with a law firm in Leicester called Edward Hands and Lewis, before moving to my current employer: Moss Solicitors LLP, in Loughborough.
I now work as a Residential Conveyancer, carrying out transactions from start to finish. This means that if clients want to buy, sell, transfer or remortgage a property, I deal with all the legal formalities. Once a purchase, transfer or remortgage completes, I submit an application to Land Registry.
What is the most satisfying thing about your role?
My job is rewarding because you are essentially purchasing people’s dream homes, so ringing them on completion is a great feeling. I find the role satisfying because each transaction is different and there are always different enquiries you need to raise with each property for a purchase.
Transactions can also be slightly sensitive, especially if it is by way of an assent or grant of probate after someone has passed away. However, being able to help others and ensure a smooth transaction for those who are going through a difficult situation is rewarding in itself.