Katie joined AWB Charlesworth in 2016 having previously worked as a paralegal in Leeds. Katie specialises in Commercial Property and is currently working towards qualified status as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer (CILEx Fellow).
Education/Route into Law
I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with 2:1 LLB(Hons) Law degree in 2007. I then studied for the Legal Practice Course with BPP Professional Education part time whilst working for a Leeds City Centre law firm. Following completion of the LPC I worked as a paralegal and joined AWB Charlesworth in 2016. I became a graduate member of CILEx in 2017 and I’m currently working towards qualified status as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer (CILEx Fellow).
My first legal role was a volunteer paralegal in the Immigration Department at Kirklees Law Centre. I have also worked as a Receptionist, Legal Secretary, Office Manager, Legal Assistant and Personal Injury Fee Earner.
Why a career in law?
I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in law at the age of 12 following a period of work experience at a solicitors firm in my local town of Rochdale. I was given the opportunity to shadow several solicitors during the course of their working day and enjoyed the busy and lively atmosphere of the office. I was advised that the legal profession was one of the most popular and competitive fields to enter and required a lot of hard work and commitment. I was open to the challenge and do not regret sticking with it.
What are the highlights of your work?
Successfully completing two commercial leases in a very short timescale. Prioritisation is the key in this role and being able to constantly adapt to the changing nature of a transaction. I enjoy working on a file from the day it is open to receiving the completion of registration documents from the Land Registry. I have found from my experience of working in legal firms that this is the best way of learning in your particular area of law.
I am a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Area of work/specialisms
I assist James Dunn, Director and Commercial Property Solicitor, with a range of Commercial Property transactions including purchases, sales, leases, transfers of equity, mortgages and Pension Fund transactions. I also have experience of reporting on lease terms for lender clients.
What interests you about your specific area of law?
I love the variety of the work involved in commercial property. In a single day I can complete a lease of a manufacturing site, advise a lender client whether consent should be issued for a section 106 agreement, prepare for completion on a developer client plot sale, submit an application for first registration with 100 year old deeds, and advise a client on his repairing obligations following a potential dispute with his tenant.
What would be your ‘alternative’ profession if you were not a lawyer?
A Nurse. I love to help people. Unfortunately my chemistry A Level grades ruled out this option.
I like to host/ attend poker nights with my college friends when we get the time.
An unusual fact!
I played the flute in secondary school and, to delight of my mother, was selected to appear in the school promotional material.