A LOCAL law group’s paralegal has risen from administrative assistant to winning a junior Law Society award.
Ellie Searle joined Loch Law, part of Loch Associates Group, in 2017 as an administrative assistant and was later promoted to legal secretary.
Ms Searle has taken on responsibilities including managing Loch Law solicitors’ employment tribunal deadlines and also taking on HR Advisor duties within Loch Associates itself, during the pandemic.
More recently she also helped to develop a new debt-collecting service for Loch Associates’ clients, said the firm.
Ms Searle said: “It is such an honour to receive the Paralegal of the Year award from the Law Society’s junior law division.
“The team at Loch Law have supported my development from the beginning. My colleagues have been great advisors and role models – many of whom started their careers at Loch Associates much like me.”
The award was presented at the Tunbridge Wells Tonbridge and District Law Society annual dinner last month.
Praising Ms Searle, Pam Loch, managing director at Loch Associates Group, said: “She is an optimistic and diligent member of our team, and her dedication has seen her climb the ranks at Loch Associates.
“She is a true credit to our business and has a bright future in law.”