Julie is a solicitor within the Society’s in-house Legal Services team. Julie started working for the Society in July 2000 as a Telesales Advisor and was promoted to Senior Clerk before transferring to the Compliance team, eventually becoming a Financial Crime Manager and the Society’s Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

It was during her time within the Compliance team that the Society agreed to fund Julie’s law degree and she commenced studying this on a part-time basis in 2003 whilst continuing to work full-time for the Society, completing her degree in 2007.  In 2008, Julie gained the opportunity to realise a lifelong dream of being offered a training contract and moved to our Legal Services team to study to become a solicitor, which she achieved in 2011.

Why did you choose this particular career path?

I have always been interested in a career in law from a young age.

What is involved in your role?

I specialise mainly on the member side of the business, dealing with queries from all areas of the business, including death of investor, power of attorney, general mortgage queries. In addition I am heavily involved in reviewing the Society’s standard terms for mortgages and savings, legal representative on a variety of Society projects and legal representative at the Conduct and Operational Risk Committee.

What has been the most influential moment in your career?

Finally qualifying as a solicitor after 8 years of studying whilst simultaneously working full-time throughout.

What do you like best about working here?

The people and the culture

How has the Society helped you develop?

The Society supported me in my studies, funding my law degree and my legal practice course as well as providing me with a training contract. Without the Society’s assistance I would not have been able to achieve the career I have now.