“I had the pleasure of dealing with Alec who was supportive, gave clear and logical advice and helped us through a case that was long and very drawn out. It was Alec that gave us the confidence to see it through to it successful conclusion. Great service.”
I obtained a degree in History in 2010 and I decided that I wanted to become a lawyer. Rather than take the conventional route (and become a Barrister or Solicitor) I decided to enter the legal profession from the bottom and work my way up to become a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx Lawyer).
Starting as a Paralegal, in a busy Personal Injury law firm in 2011, I worked my way to a position where I was given conduct of my own files. Prior to this I spent a year and a half working solely for one of the most senior lawyer in the firm. This meant I learned from the best on a 1 to 1 basis – something that most trainee lawyers would not get the opportunity to do. This meant that when I was finally given conduct of my own cases, I knew how to conduct cases correctly and successfully.
I spent four years dealing with hundreds of contested/litigated matters, usually where the matter was vehemently denied. I dealt with a wide range of personal injury claims, including employers’ liability, public liability, accidents abroad and holiday sickness (including a case where my clients contracted Cholera from the hotel in the Dominican Republic). During this tenure I qualified as CILEx Lawyer (having studied part time since 2010, whilst working full time).
Eventually I decided that I wanted to break away from working in a conventional law firm and I wanted to have more choice on who I worked for and how I worked (like many other law firms, I was being asked to run over 120 cases all at once and this, to me, was not acceptable because it would lead to a drop in quality of service).
I became a Consultant Lawyer, which means to be self employed, with all of my work being conducted through a regulated law firm.
I joined MJW Law as a Consultant where I have spent most of my time acting for holiday sickness clients and I am now the only lawyer within MJW Law who does so.
I have a wealth of experience in holiday sickness claims. I have:-
- acted for clients again the biggest travel agents/tour operators
- represented clients at application hearings opposite the most experience holiday sickness Barristers in England and Wales
- personally drafted and prepared a holiday sickness Appeal that successed (something which is usually drafted by experienced Barristers)
I was recently awarded practice rights from my regulator, CILEx Regulation, which means I am able to represent my clients in open court (which is usually reserved for those with the right of audience, such as Barristers or Solicitors in County Court).
Most of my clients appreciate that I am their lawyer from start to finish (or ‘bean to cup’ as one client told me). In most firms, a client may be transferred to numerous file handler through the course of their claim. Further, because I am self employed, I am not paid a salary by MJW Law which means I am only paid if my client’s case succeeds. With that (and the fact I do not have 100s of cases) my clients know that I will always do everything possible to ensure their case succeeds.
2010 – Commenced legal studies whilst working in the legal sector (following being awarded a 2:1 History Degree from the University of Plymouth)
2014 – Commenced acting for client on my own files
2017 – Qualified as a CILEx Lawyer
2018 – Became a Consultant CILEx Lawyer
2021 – CILEx Litigator & Advocate Practice Rights awarded
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