Staff Development at Mitchells Roberton

Mitchells Roberton are proud of their nurturing approach towards their staff and I feel privileged to play a part in this.  Keri Russell joined the firm straight from school when she was 17 and began working as my legal secretary in 2005, having spent her first while here as a general office assistant. When Keri was working for me I helped her understand the ins and outs of purchase and sale transactions and the legal language involved. Keri was encouraged by the firm to progress her career in law and began studying at Strathclyde University where I am delighted to say she obtained her qualification as a residential conveyancing paralegal in 2009. Frances Clark, Diane Coats, Patricia McGuigan and Michelle Sloan similarly were supported and motivated by the firm to take up studies  at Strathclyde University to attain qualifications as paralegals in civil court work and private client work.

The encouragement of staff to reach their higher potential is a constant within the firm and I am pleased to say that again three of our young office staff have recently embarked on courses at  Strathclyde University to achieve paralegal qualifications. Sarah Ramage, who is my secretary at the moment, has started studying a residential conveyancing paralegal course. She has completed her fourth assignment and her enthusiasm is catching although her future promotion will leave me without a secretary again!  As Sarah says “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity by Mitchells Roberton . I did not want to go to college after school as I was unsure what I wanted to do. Starting off with general office duties in a legal office gave me the idea that I would like to become involved  in property law so when the firm suggested that they help me through a residential conveyancing paralegal qualification I didn’t have to think twice before jumping at the chance. So far I am really enjoying it and am glad to say I am doing pretty well and want to keep that up.” Rachel McLean is also studying for the same qualification as Sarah. She has submitted her first two assignments and received excellent marks. She too very much welcomed the chance the firm offered. Emma McCutcheon has started a course to become a paralegal in private client work. Emma has said “I am loving this course. I study most evenings for an hour or so after 5 o’clock and a bit at the weekend. I recently handed in my first assignment and was astonished to get 100% and I have now submitted my second assignment. Fingers crossed  I get a good mark.”

We all wish Sarah, Rachel and Emma the best of luck with their studies and look forward to attending their graduations next year.

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About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm and is the solicitor in the office who trains the conveyancing paralegals. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors.

One thought on “Staff Development at Mitchells Roberton

  1. This is the way all employers should treat their staff appreciate and encourage, that’s the way to get the best out of people. Well done Mitchell’s Roberton.

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