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Chantal T - E-On Coventry

00:00:03 Hi, I'm Chantal T, I'm a commercial lawyer and I work in E.ON's legal department. On a day to day basis I provide legal advice and support to our generation and renewables businesses. So, our renewables business, for instance, builds wind farm projects, so we advise them from the very start of the project on any issues they might have, for instance, finding land to build wind turbines on, right the way through to the end of the process when the projects are up and running and operational and then we might have contractor issues, for instance. So, at each step of the project we'll provide legal advice and support to the business to make sure they can deliver their projects.

00:00:42 At about the age sort of 10-12 I had my heart set on becoming a lawyer. There was a TV programme at the time, I don't know whether you're familiar with it, called "LA Law" very popular in the 80s, courtroom drama, really, very exciting. I thought, "This sounds very interesting," so very early on I thought, "Oh, legal issues, problems, that's interesting." After A Levels, it was really about getting the best results I could t go to the university that I really wanted to go do and I wanted to go to Birmingham University. They had a very good law faculty and a very nice campus and I had family that lived around the area, as well, so I thought it would be a fantastic place to go to university.

00:01:17 Everyone thinks law is a very difficult subject, I think, to study at university and there is an awful lot of information to understand and to take in and we do have very difficult exams, but I love the subject. It's so interesting, so diverse. You're learning about sort medical negligence and medical ethic problems one day, learning about contract law the next day, learning about so many different aspects of law which you probably wouldn't, you wouldn't know when you're at school what law involves. You just think legal, you think criminal work, family work. It's much wider than that. Ultimately I wanted to become a solicitor so I then enrolled for a year's law school at Birmingham University as well. They run the course there which was great because a lot of my friends stayed at university and went on to do the same law school course as well.

00:02:03 Initially, one of my passions was criminal and family law and I actually applied to lots and lots of, I think something like 300 to 500 various law firms to see whether I could be accepted as a trainee in their practice. Unfortunately at the time the legal aid system was going through a lot of problems and there weren't many jobs available and so meantime to get some money together to pay off some of my fees for going to law school etc, I started working at what was Power Gen then but now E.ON as a vacation student and that was just going to be a three month opportunity just working in the legal team, understanding a bit more about the legal process while I still carried on my applications for other jobs. But luckily, E.ON were brilliant and I became an integral member of the team. I persuaded my boss that he could give me a training contract and I could train within the in-house department and then it went from there, really, so two years on I then qualified as a solicitor.

00:03:04 I was very lucky last year I managed to persuade E.ON that I'd like to take a year's sabbatical and because I'd been with the company a long time they thought it was a good idea. I went travelling for a year. So I started off my trip in New Zealand so travelled around there for a few months and then spent the rest of the year in South America which was absolutely amazing. Starting off at the very top of Ecuador and working my way right down to Ushuaia at the bottom of South America. My travelling, I think, showed me that really there's no place like home. Although I loved seeing new sights and travelling around, actually, I really wanted to come back and get stuck into my job again.

00:03:40 Lance Armstrong is a real inspiration to me. I do a little bit of cycling though, nowhere near on his scale and mine's very much sort of mountain biking as opposed to Tour de France, but I think he's really somebody that just proves that if you put your mind to it, you know, anything's possible. Having come back through a very traumatic illness to win the Tour de France and apparently he's going to be entering it again next year. I just think it's absolutely incredible. ENDS

 

Chantal T

Chantal T - E-On Coventry Hi, I'm Chantal T, I'm a commercial lawyer and I work in E.ON's legal department. On a day to day basis I provide legal advice and support to our generation and renewables businesses. So, our renewables business, for instance, builds wind farm projects, so we advise them from the very start of the project on any issues they might have, for instance, finding land to build wind turbines on, right the way through to the end of the process when the projects are up and running and operational and then we might have contractor issues, for instance. So, at each step of the project we'll provide legal advice and support to the business to make sure they can deliver their projects. At about the age sort of 10-12 I had my heart set on becoming a lawyer. There was a TV programme at the time, I don't know whether you're familiar with it, called "LA Law" very popular in the 80s, courtroom drama, really, very exciting. I thought, "This sounds very interesting," so very early on I thought, "Oh, legal issues, problems, that's interesting." After A Levels, it was really about getting the best results I could t go to the university that I really wanted to go do and I wanted to go to Birmingham University. They had a very good law faculty and a very nice campus and I had family that lived around the area, as well, so I thought it would be a fantastic place to go to university. Everyone thinks law is a very difficult subject, I think, to study at university and there is an awful lot of information to understand and to take in and we do have very difficult exams, but I love the subject. It's so interesting, so diverse. You're learning about sort medical negligence and medical ethic problems one day, learning about contract law the next day, learning about so many different aspects of law which you probably wouldn't, you wouldn't know when you're at school what law involves. You just think legal, you think criminal work, family work. It's much wider than that. Ultimately I wanted to become a solicitor so I then enrolled for a year's law school at Birmingham University as well. They run the course there which was great because a lot of my friends stayed at university and went on to do the same law school course as well. Initially, one of my passions was criminal and family law and I actually applied to lots and lots of, I think something like 300 to 500 various law firms to see whether I could be accepted as a trainee in their practice. Unfortunately at the time the legal aid system was going through a lot of problems and there weren't many jobs available and so meantime to get some money together to pay off some of my fees for going to law school etc, I started working at what was Power Gen then but now E.ON as a vacation student and that was just going to be a three month opportunity just working in the legal team, understanding a bit more about the legal process while I still carried on my applications for other jobs. But luckily, E.ON were brilliant and I became an integral member of the team. I persuaded my boss that he could give me a training contract and I could train within the in-house department and then it went from there, really, so two years on I then qualified as a solicitor. I was very lucky last year I managed to persuade E.ON that I'd like to take a year's sabbatical and because I'd been with the company a long time they thought it was a good idea. I went travelling for a year. So I started off my trip in New Zealand so travelled around there for a few months and then spent the rest of the year in South America which was absolutely amazing. Starting off at the very top of Ecuador and working my way right down to Ushuaia at the bottom of South America. My travelling, I think, showed me that really there's no place like home. Although I loved seeing new sights and travelling around, actually, I really wanted to come back and get stuck into my job again. Lance Armstrong is a real inspiration to me. I do a little bit of cycling though, nowhere near on his scale and mine's very much sort of mountain biking as opposed to Tour de France, but I think he's really somebody that just proves that if you put your mind to it, you know, anything's possible. Having come back through a very traumatic illness to win the Tour de France and apparently he's going to be entering it again next year. I just think it's absolutely incredible. ENDS  

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Age at filming: 26-35, Employer's name: E.ON
Chantal advises the Renewable energy business within EON. After studying law at Birmingham University, she applied for between 300 and 500 jobs in the legal aid system but was rejected. Her placement in EON was initially for 3 months but she has stayed ever since. She describes the cyclist Lance Armstrong as her inspiration- 'he just proves that if you put your mind to it... anything's possible'.

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Average Salary
£40,040
Average Weekly Hours
38
Past Unemployment
YearUnemployed
20114%
20122%
Predicted Employment
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IndustryJobs
Head offices, etc18,400
Architectural & related11,989
Public admin. & defence10,075
Legal & accounting 9,735
Health 8,629
Other professional8,236
Retail trade5,050
Membership organisations4,811
Auxiliary  services4,668
Education4,549
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Description

Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.

Qualifications

Entry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.

Tasks
  • Draws up contracts, leases, wills and other legal documents
  • Undertakes legal business on behalf of client in areas of business law, criminal law, probate, conveyancing and litigation, and acts as trustee or executor if required
  • Instructs counsel in higher and lower courts and pleads cases in lower courts as appropriate
  • Scrutinises statements, reports and legal documents relevant to the case being undertaken and prepares papers for court
  • Represents clients in court.
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M 56% 44% F
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Average Salary
£34,320
Average Weekly Hours
38
Past Unemployment
YearUnemployed
20112%
20122%
Predicted Employment
Top 10 Industries
For This Job
IndustryJobs
Wholesale trade4,899
Retail trade4,854
Auxiliary  services4,848
Public admin. & defence4,459
Head offices, etc3,344
Employment activities2,384
Real estate 2,190
Financial services2,130
Health 2,109
Services to buildings2,080
Employment Status
Description

Legal associate professionals provide administrative support for legal professionals, and investigate and make recommendations on legal matters that do not fall within the province of a normal court of law.

Qualifications

Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades in appropriate subject areas. Off- and on-the-job training is available. Membership of professional institutions will be required for some posts. Candidates must pass professional examinations and complete up to five years of practical experience.

Tasks
  • Runs chambers on behalf of principals, develops the practice, manages the flow of work, decides which cases to accept, arranges appropriate fees and prepares financial records
  • Collates information, drafts briefs and other documents
  • Interviews and advises clients, undertakes preparatory work for court cases
  • Attends court to assist barristers and solicitors in the presentation of a case
  • Assists in all aspects of property conveyancing and probate and common law practice.
Employment by Region
Gender Balance
M 53% 47% F
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