Manchester-based Glaisyers Solicitors has become the latest law firm to promote a legal executive to its partnership.
Craig Budsworth, who heads up the road traffic accident department at Glaisyers, was promoted to the firm’s 14-strong partnership after more than 12-years with the firm.
He said: “The fact that legal executives are now being recognised for their work and being promoted into the partnership shows that lawyers in all branches of the profession are of equal standing.”
After starting at the firm as a legal clerk in 1998, the 36-year-old embarked on night school in 2001 to train as a legal executive through the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX).
“It was worth all the sleepless nights studying after a full day at work. Now my plan for the next 10 to 15 years is to go for managing partner,” added Budsworth.
Nick Hanning, from Poole law firm RWPS, was the first legal executive lawyer to be made a partner under the changes brought about by the Legal Services Act in March this year.