Career Changers

Case Studies

Career Changer Case Studies

Thinking of changing your career? Why not watch our short video case study by Employment Lawyer, Richard Llewellyn-Bell.


Richard Llewellyn-Bell
Chartered Legal Executive
Director at Bell Taylor Ltd


My first career was with the RAF Police where I studied part-time towards my CILEx qualifications. 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).

I began working at a local law practice and specialised in general civil litigation, including employment work. In 2007, I was made Associate at the practice I was working for and in 2013, I set up my own employment law practice, Bell Taylor Ltd.

I was fortunate to work alongside some quality lawyers with years of experience and I aim to practise the same quality service today running my own practice. It's a great feeling when a client thanks me sincerely for my help and support; you know that you have really made a difference to their business and personal life and that's amazing. It's incredibly satisfying and a great feeling when a client recommends you!

Kerryanne Jones
Trainee Legal Executive
Kirby Sheppard LLP

Kerry-AnnA short stint with the British Army and a 6 month deployment to Iraq in 2005 aren’t the usual features of most would be lawyers. In addition to serving in the Army, I undertook a variety of other jobs before taking time out to look after my son.

When I applied for the CILEx courses I had recently returned to Bristol from Surrey as a single mother. With no qualifications and no real chance of a substantial career I knew I was an unfulfilled academic.

Having my son in 2006 changed my path forever and I couldn’t be happier with my decisions. It is fair to say that my life has 100% changed since embarking on the CILEx courses.

I would hope that I could influence all types of people, from all walks of life. It’s never too late, dedication and a strong sense of motivation helps!

Emma Davies
Manager of the Civil Legal Advice Helpline Team
Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP

Emma DaviesWhilst serving as a musician in the Royal Air Force I decided that I wanted to study law so that I could apply for positions in the profession when I left the service. I considered LLB courses and also the GDL, as I had a first class honours degree in Music already. However, these were not suited to me as I constantly travelled with work and could not attend compulsory sessions. I could not afford to study full-time and did not want to become a student again, preferring to gain experience in the field as soon as possible. Therefore, the CILEx programme was the ideal opportunity as I could study even when on tour, and take exams when convenient.

I completed the whole of my academic studies whilst serving full-time and, after leaving the RAF, I obtained a position with one of the leading education law firms in the country, Simpson Millar. I have recently been promoted to Manager of the Civil Legal Advice Helpline Team, which is a team of specialist paralegals who run cases under the Legal Help Scheme, as we have one of the two education law contracts for England and Wales with the Legal Aid Agency.