Name: Harbens Kaur
Degree and university: studied at Westminster University. I undertook ILEX Higher Level Six Diplomas in Contract Law, Tort, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law, Public Law and European Law. I am currently half way through the LPC at BPP School of Law, and will qualify as a Solicitor in 2009.
Job Title: Legal executive, Homerton Hospital NHS Trust
WHY DID YOU DECIDE UPON A CAREER IN LAW? I have family who practice in law, and also due to the fact that I always had an interest in ‘people’s rights’, and access to a fair hearing, especially for the vulnerable. I feel very strongly about the need for justice, and the right to have your case heard.
WHAT DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVE? I had completed an ILEX Secretarial course, but my interest in legal learning had not been satisfied, so I enquired about the ILEX courses for qualifying as a lawyer via the ILEX website. I was sent the relevant information pack, which was informative, and described in a clear way the benefits of studying via the ILEX route.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR CURRENT SEAT?
I am a Legal Services / Claims Manager for an Acute London Hospital, working mainly on Clinical Negligence Cases.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB AND ARE THERE ANY DOWNSIDES? I get involved in a wide range of different legal issues affecting the every day practices of our clinicians. This can range from dealing with Mental Health Sections, to representing the Trust at a Coroner’s hearing. I attend Court as an advocate for the Trust, and I meet with clinicians taking statements, so the work is very wide ranging
There is always so much to do, but I really enjoy the responsibility and challenges, there is no real downside.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK YOU NEED TO SUCCEED? Determination and believing in yourself. You need to be focused and aim to be a credit to yourself and the profession. You need to be approachable, so that clients can come to you with any type of legal problem big or small and know they have come to the right place, and that they’ll get the right support and guidance.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR GRADUATES CONSIDERING A CAREER IN LAW? Have a firm idea about the area you want to specialise in, and move in that direction, make contacts by attending seminars and talks. Study via the ILEX route! There is so much competition for training contracts that it makes sense to become specialised in a particular area with ILEX, and then proceed straight to qualification once you’ve done your exams.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? Law is very rewarding; it stimulates your mind and challenges every day practices. Be prepared for hard work, but also be prepared for the satisfaction you get for a job well done.