Why did you choose Harper Macleod?
As a school leaver, I had not completely decided on the career path I wanted to follow. A friend was already working at Harper Macleod and suggested that I apply for the position of Office Junior. I submitted an application, and thereafter invited to interview and was offered the position. Although I was starting on the bottom rung of the ladder, I was encouraged by the company’s ethos of growing and training its staff to the best of their potential. After almost 21 years, I am now a fully qualified Conveyancing Paralegal thanks to the belief and support from my employer.
How does it differ from other firms you have worked at – professionally, culturally and socially?
I feel fortunate enough to have only worked for Harper Macleod. I joined the firm in November 1994 after leaving school and have benefited from many opportunities to advance my career.
What does your working week involve?
Although I have my own case load, I also assist Astrid Siekmann and David McIndoe in relation to conveyancing transactions. I have experience in dealing with House Builders, Scottish Ministers and RSL’s in a variety of shared equity schemes, buyback and re-sale, right to buy disposals and acquisition on the open market. I also deal with private individuals in completing purchase and sale transactions from start to finish i.e. negotiating missives with the seller’s solicitors until agreement has been reached, checking title and searches, preparing the necessary conveyancing drafts, ordering loan funds and most importantly keeping the client up-to-date throughout the transaction.
How has the firm helped you to develop your career?
From starting as an Office Junior carrying out various duties within the office, I was thereafter selected to assist in the cashroom department to cover maternity leave. Following on I was then promoted to Litigation Secretary to work for a solicitor who then was promoted to Partner level. Following that solicitor’s departure from the Glasgow Office, I joined the real estate department assisting a Partner with house builders where I was encouraged to sit my Conveyancing Paralegal course, allowing me to advance my career.
The opportunity to build a successful career is there for the taking with an organisation that will encourage, support and reward those who believe in themselves and their colleagues. Leigh Reilly
What has been the highlight of your time at Harper Macleod?
In my 21 years with Harper Macleod there have been many moments that I can look back on and feel proud of my achievements. From my first day as an eager Office Junior ready to learn the ropes to my first completed conveyance helping someone purchase their home, there have been many highlights. If I were pushed to select one I would have to say my graduation as a fully qualified Conveyancing Paralegal standing on a stage in the presence of my peers, friends and family filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement.
What would you say to anyone considering a career at Harper Macleod?
The opportunity to build a successful career is there for the taking with an organisation that will encourage, support and reward those who believe in themselves and their colleagues.
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