From Copying to Conveyancing – Marion Knocker
12 November 2014 by Marion Knocker
Over the coming weeks we are going to be posting accounts from our staff at FJG, displaying the range of possible routes into law. This week we follow the story of Marion Knocker, a Charted Legal Executive based at our Charter Court office in Colchester…..
From Copying to Conveyancing
I began work for the first time on 16 September 2002 and joined Fisher Jones Greenwood fresh from college as an office junior based at the Norfolk House office. My days involved opening post, doing local deliveries, photocopying and general office jobs helping fee earners and support staff. Within a month of being at FJG I was sent on a touch typing course at Grey Friars.
6 weeks later I moved to FJG’s Trinity Square office as office junior but I also helped out in the residential conveyancing department picking up overflow typing work and putting my new touch typing skills to use. By April 2003 I was working as a junior secretary in the residential conveyancing team. I opened files, did dictation, submitted searches and took calls from clients, agents and the like. That wasn’t enough for me though, and I began my Ilex course in September 2003 having worked for FJG for a year.
The course was in Chelmsford on a Wednesday evening so I would leave work and head straight there with some other people from FJG and we would study until just after 9pm before heading home. Wednesdays used to be the longest day of the week for me and in the winter it was tough on those dark cold nights but I was determined to carry on. As I had done A-level law, I was exempt from the first year law paper but I still attended the class to recap on what I’d learnt.
In my second year I studied via distance learning and it took a lot of self-discipline to ensure that I spent enough hours each week studying. The tutors were really good though. Distance learning involved submitting assignments from the manual I was studying and I had to submit 7 in total and complete a mock exam.
Whilst studying I continued to move up the ladder at FJG progressing to assistant for two fee earners, which meant I was able to take a post that I could deal with. I worked on reports to clients; prepared accounts, dealt with files post exchange, which included taking them to completion, and then dealt with the registration formalities.
From April 2006 I started taking on files in my own right with my own fee earner number and target. Once the target is set the pressure increases but when you achieve a goal you know it’s been worth it. I am still a residential conveyancer based at the Charter Court Office having finished my exams in 2009 and attained my fellowship in June 2011.
Reaching the end was a triumph and I am so pleased that I took this route. One of the benefits of Ilex is that you are able to learn on the job whilst studying so you gain a practical knowledge.
Anyone with determination and ambition can do what I have done, you have to work hard but the results are great and it’s definitely worth it!!