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National Conveyancing Week: Meet Charlotte

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In celebration of National Conveyancing Week, we sat down with Charlotte, a valued member of our property team, to learn about her path to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive and what sets her apart in the field.

What led you to pursue property law as a career?

My journey into law was actually completely accidental. When I was applying for my A Levels I wanted to become a journalist, and therefore thought applying for a course in French would be beneficial. Unfortunately, the sixth form I attended, (surprisingly), did not have enough interest in the French course to allow it to run and I was therefore placed on the Law course. In retrospect, this may have been a blessing in disguise! I found that I really enjoyed the course, and excelled in tests and coursework, so pursued an undergrad degree at the University of Surrey. Once I had graduated, I found a job as a receptionist at a small local firm and worked my way up the conveyancing ranks from there, attending evening law school classes, and sitting further tests to allow me to qualify.

What have been some of the most significant moments on your journey to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive?

Qualifying in 2019 was in itself one of my greatest achievements. After what felt like an eternity of further education, endless tests, countless hours, and a few grey hairs from the stress, I could finally use the letters FCILEx and assume my Chartered status. The colleagues who helped me along the way in roles past, and present, also played a key role in allowing this journey to reach its pinnacle.

What do you think sets you apart in your field?

I think that given the role I am in I can be pretty ruthless when it comes to protecting our clients best interests, and ensuring I obtain their desired outcome. Moving house is often one of the most stressful events in a person’s lifetime and it is important that we alleviate that as much as possible, not only legally, but also on a personal level. I often correspond with clients outside of normal working hours to ensure that their questions are answered, and concerns addressed. I also act for a wide range of clients from first time buyers purchasing their first shared ownership property, to companies adding to their existing portfolios with each service tailored accordingly. 

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I hope to continue progressing my career at MTS and growing where possible. I have recently submitted an application to obtain practising rights which will assist with signing certain documents within the firm, and I wish to expand my existing team in the near future. This will allow me to support my current secretary with moving her own career forward, and further allow me to assist with more cases where practical. I did have an actual dream not so long ago that I became Partner, but that one may have to stay in the land of nod subject to RJC approval.