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LaToya R

Litigation Executive | Clyde & Co

Profile Highlights:

  • Non-law degree
  • State school educated
  • Ethnic minority
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I started working in the legal profession in 2004 as a Legal Secretary, working at a number of Personal Injury, Family and Criminal Law firms. After 6 years in that role and having completed an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Sociology in the meantime, I decided to embark on a fee earning career.

In 2010, I was promoted to Legal Assistant at a Claimant Personal Injury firm and began taking on tasks from my senior colleagues, such as drafting witness statements, preparing pleadings and assisting my colleagues at hearings. After a while I gradually took on my own small case load of litigated Fast Track claims, and in 2016 I made the move over to Defendant Personal Injury at Clyde & Co as a Paralegal. The experience I gained as a Legal Assistant, Paralegal and now Litigation Executive ties in with working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.

In my role as Litigation Executive, I currently have conduct of over 70 Personal Injury and motor claims valued between £1,000 to £50,000. One of my greatest achievements to date has been accomplishing a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty following a fraudulent claim for injuries and losses arising from a road traffic accident. Such findings can often result in criminal proceedings and a custodial sentence. I was also able to obtain an Order for my client’s full legal fees of over £7,000 in that matter.

During my time at Clyde & Co I have been instrumental in the re-launch of the firm’s cultural and ethnic diversity network, and have been appointed as the External Engagement Lead for the Manchester and North offices. As a Black Lawyer it is extremely important for me work at a firm which prides itself in achieving cultural and ethnic diversity within its workforce.

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