Carlisle Law Firm Trainees Exam Success

Carlisle law firm Wragg Mark-Bell is celebrating the exam success of two of its trainee Legal Executives.

Codie Slessor and Nicole Nicholson found out this week, beginning March 28, that they had passed their respective series of examinations.

Both had had to deal with disruption caused by the pandemic and studying while holding down full-time roles at the Castle Street-based solicitors.

Codie passed his Level 6 exams in conveyancing, criminal law, land law, and landlord and tenant, the final exam stage in the CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualification.

It means that the 25-year-old has to complete his portfolio by November before he hopefully qualifies as a Legal Executive at the start of 2023.

He said: “I’m chuffed to bits that I’ve passed. It is a really nice feeling to know I’m not going to be sitting any more exams.

“They’re not enjoyable by any stretch of the imagination, especially when you’re working and then you have to go home and revise.”

Nicole, 22, is at an earlier stage of her training and passed the CILEX Level 3 exams.

She has been with Wragg Mark-Bell for five years, having started on a business administration apprenticeship aged 17. 

Her progress reflects the firm’s commitment to staff training and career development.

Nicole said: “They really support career growth and all my training is paid for by the firm.”

There was further success this week for Wragg Mark-Bell as Lauren Goad celebrated promotion from paralegal to trainee solicitor. 

She starts her two-year training contract on April 1.

Lauren, 25, has gone down the graduate route to qualification, having completed her law degree in Newcastle, and is delighted to have secured the position.

She said: “There’ve been a lot of people applying because places weren’t taking on trainee solicitors during Covid.

“So it is very competitive and I’m very happy to have secured the job role.

“I know a lot of people I went to uni with who are struggling to get to that point.

“I’m pleased to have done it within the firm too.

“Once they’ve got you and you’ve got the drive and want to work, they’re very supportive of that and getting you to where you want to be in your career.”

Nick Kennon, managing director at Wragg Mark-Bell, said: “This is fantastic news – congratulations to all involved.

“The firm is committed to developing our people, which in turn is seeing the firm continue to grow in size and capability for our clients.”