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A day in the life of ... Sarah Miller (Associate Legal Executive)

Date:26 AUG 2015
Associate of CILEX

What is your position and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

I am an Associate Legal Executive working in our Family Department.  I represent parents and grandparents involved in care proceedings or going through separation and contact disputes.  I specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?

I have been working in this role for almost 20 years having decided whilst studying at College that I wanted to work in this area of law.

What are the people you work for/with like? Any memorable stories?

I work with a great team of people which makes the job all the more enjoyable.  There are lots of memorable stories but probably none that I should repeat here!

What is the best and worst part of the day for you?

The best part of the day is when you know that you have made a difference and really helped change someone’s live for the better.  The worst is having to do up your post at the end of the day.

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What adjectives best describe you?

Optimistic and confident.

What keeps you motivated?

Being able to help others and make a real difference in their lives.

Tea or coffee?

Regular tea breaks throughout the day are a must!

What would you say to anyone thinking of a career in your field?

It is hard work but very rewarding and definitely worth pursuing

What song do you listen to the most?

I don’t have a particular song, I like listening to all genres of music

How do you enjoy your time outside of work?

Outside of work I spend my time undertaking day trips with my daughter

If you could change one thing about the family justice system what would it be and why?

I would like to see the current restrictions imposed by LASPO revised in order to ensure that the option of legal representation remains open to those who continue to need it. Currently there are far too many people who cannot afford legal representation but clearly need it.
Sarah Miller has been nominated for the Family Law Charted Legal Executive or Paralegal of the Year Award. Find out why she was nominated and place your vote here.

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