My name is Natasha Manoli. I currently work at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors as a Payments Administrator in the Court of Protection department. I’ve been working at this reputable law firm since the second year of my qualifying law degree (Where I was a filing clerk in the Public Law and Human Rights department originally).
I went straight into studying the LLB after college. When I started university, I ended up pickingFamily Law, Real Estate, Human Rights, Wills and Succession, Criminal Litigation and Evidence and Employment Law.
I started my journey at college. I studied law as a BTEC at Aquinas College. I did wish I had taken the course as an actual A Level but after the many GCSE exams in high school, I wanted a bit of a break from exams at college. When I was in college, I originally wanted to go into criminal law and even thought of being a barrister!
My mum has always been my inspiration. She told me that she had been a policewoman before I was born. I was rather intrigued about going down the police route, maybe even being a special constable. I even went to police cadets. As I was learning in college, I soon realised that I didn’t want to do criminal law as there are so many different laws to learn and potentially get into. I also didn’t think going into policing wasn’t a good idea for me, as I felt that you’re only limited to sorting out justice for other people’s crimes.
I’ve always been someone who wants to help people. So anything business law related isn’t something that interests me. I am very interested in specialising in Special Educational Needs Law (It can also been known as Education Law). This is because for a year, I volunteered as a tribunal helpline volunteer at a legal charity called IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice). I helped parents who were taking their local authority to the tribunal. These children and young people with disabilities and/or needs are very vulnerable and they are the children of the future despite their special educational needs. It is so important for these children to have an exceptional education, in order to have a great adulthood. I am also interested in Mental Capacity Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Medical Negligence.
The LPC is definitely a huge leap from the LLB. It requires a lot of independent reading and studying before tutorials/workshops. But, I am enjoying it at the same time as it’s about being practical in the office and court.. I’m rather glad I took the course part-time as I can still fit in the required studying and work full-time and learn more of the department I’m in, make contacts and have that loyalty in a great law firm.
My legal education has benefited me with my current role at Irwin Mitchell. I am currently trying to get a paralegal role, and I’ve had a fair few virtual interviews to which I’ve not been successful (Due to no paralegal experience prior). I am hoping that I can work my way towards a paralegal role (As there is an opportunity to be promoted to one in my role now). Its all about working your way up the ladder!
Always have breaks and don’t burn yourself out. I remember in my second year of university, I revised non-stop for exams. I currently live with my parents, so they noticed how sleep deprived and stressed out I was (They were very concerned). I would go to sleep with a headache and just seeing words and cases floating around my head every time I shut my eyes. Then when I got my exam results, I didn’t do as good as I thought I would at all (only just scraping a pass in one exam), so it became counter-productive. You’re not a machine. Your mind and body need the rest. I now no longer work all through the night, I stop studying/revising at 10pm. I have since then been used to creating weekly plans and making hour slots for revision and including days off.
I started my legal Instagram from my third year of the LLB, and still continue to use it for the LPC. I hope I can help as many people as I can in their law journeys.
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