North Wales Student Wins Prize

North Wales Student Wins First ILEX Annual Prize

14 April 2008 012.08B

Helen Graham from Conwy, North Wales is celebrating her success in winning the very first ILEXAnnual Prize for Vocational Paralegal Studies, a new award sponsored by the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) for paralegal staff in the legal profession.

The ILEX Annual Prize is part of the prestigious City and Guilds Lion Awards, a key event in the world of vocational training.

The Prize recognises talented people who have displayed exceptional standards and commitment and whose work and ability stands out from the crowd. Helen completed her studies at the Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, Conwy. She takes home a cheque for £500, a commemorative trophy and a certificate.

Helen spent ten years as a police constable in the Hertfordshire Police Force before moving to North Wales six years ago, learning to speak Welsh in the process. She has always wanted to pursue a legal career and is currently looking for a part time position within the legal environment. She is also studying to be a Legal Executive.

She said,” I have recently returned to studying after a break and did not expect to win. “It was a privilege to have even been nominated. I am delighted and it could not have happened at a better time for me.”

“Part-time study can be hard, said ILEX President, Lesley Graham. “Helen has demonstrated, not only excellence in her chosen field of study, but a will to succeed. My congratulations to her.

“She has emerged as a winner from the thousands of students currently studying legal courses with ILEX and City & Guilds. These qualifications can lead to a fulfilling career in its own right, but can also make an excellent gateway to a further career in the legal profession. Many successful Legal Executive lawyers started their legal careers as paralegal staff.”

ILEX in conjunction with City & Guilds, offer the largest range of training courses in England and Wales currently available for support staff in the legal profession.