The title ‘lawyer’ encompasses a number of different professions. Although they may all work on cases together, barristers, solicitors, and legal executives all perform different roles. Each profession has its own individual route to qualification and, moreover, each may be attractive to different people for different reasons.
Below are some profiles of lawyers who come from Wales and who have built successful careers in the legal profession.
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Richard Llewellyn-Bell- Chartered Legal Executive
Director at Bell Taylor Ltd
Richard’s first career was with the RAF Police where he studied part-time towards his CILEx qualifications.On leaving the RAF, Richard went on to complete his final CILEx exams by studying full-time at a local business school.
After this, he began working at a local law practice and specialised in general civil litigation, including employment work.In 2007 Richard was made Associate at the practice he was forking for and in 2013, he set up his own employment law firm, Bell Taylor Ltd.
Why law? “I had covered aspects of criminal law in my military career in the RAF Police and I also had one or two friends who had studied A level law at the local college which got me interested in the academic side of it. But the main reason is because I like to represent and help people and businesses in trouble.”
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to get where you are today? “A few! I left the RAF to finish my CILEx course full time so I had no salary for a year. After that, my first salary was much lower than my RAF income because I didn’t have any previous experience working in a law practice (let alone civil litigation which is the practice area where I started), so this was quite difficult. I was fortunate to work alongside some quality lawyers with years of experience and I still try and practice the same level of service to clients today running my own practice”
Can you explain a little about the rewarding nature of being a lawyer? “It's a great feeling when a client thanks you sincerely for your help and support. You know that you have really made a difference to their life and that's amazing. I specialise in employment law and it's an area of law that completely absorbs a person's life from the day they may have been unfairly dismissed to the day a good settlement is reached or a final hearing won. It's incredibly satisfying and a great feeling when a client recommends you!”
Alun Price- Solicitor
Morgan La Roche
Alun Price is our Trustee in Wales and a commercial real estate lawyer at Morgan La Roche. He attended Bro Myrddin Comprehensive School, Carmarthen in west Wales and was the first member of his family to become a solicitor.
He studied law at the University of Bristol and the legal practice course at BPP school of law in Holborn. He undertook his two year training contract at Norton Rose Fulbright and during that time he worked within different practice areas of the firm including corporate, banking, employment, litigation and real estate.
He has been a qualified solicitor since February 2010 and has assisted on numerous high profile real estate transactions including acting for a Malaysian client on its purchase and development of the historic Battersea Power Station and for a German fund on its sale of the iconic Lloyd’s Building.
The clients that he works for tend to be institutional investors such as large funds or banks and are often from overseas. He has also had the opportunity to spend time on secondment with two of Norton Rose Fulbright’s clients: the French bank, BNP Paribas, and the food and beverage company, Nestle. These secondments have afforded him invaluable insights on viewing legal transactions and cases from the perspective of the client