Newly qualified solicitor achieves childhood dream with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors1st March 2019
We are delighted today to announce that Cheryl Bolt is now a fully qualified solicitor in the Exeter Commercial Property department at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors.
Cheryl says, “Hard work and dedication does pay off and I’m thrilled to now be a qualified solicitor”.
After undertaking a law degree at UWE in Bristol, Cheryl began working full time as a legal secretary before progressing to the role of paralegal and then trainee solicitor at Gilbert Stephens. Today, Cheryl has been rewarded for all her hard work and has now been appointed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority as a qualified solicitor.
As well as studying whilst working, Cheryl has been an active member of the firm and local community. She has managed to find the time to write a regular blog for us and get involved in many charitable events, including last year’s Great West Run.
A perfect example of what early ambition and hard work can achieve, Cheryl is now a committed member of the Young Professionals’ Network (YPN), which was set up by Gilbert Stephens in 2010. The YPN enables the firm’s younger members to build up their own contacts and connections with like-minded professionals. It now has over 300 members from industry, professional services and the charity sector.
Cheryl was destined for this career, she said, “The law has always fascinated me. I did well academically at school and wanted to test myself with an ambitious goal. When I was 14, my mind was made up: I wanted to practise law as a solicitor.
“Everyone kept on telling me how competitive the profession is, but that only made me doubly determined. Mind you, mum and dad knew better. They always said I was driven.”
Managing Partner Terry Bastyan said: “It is wonderful for us to have witnessed Cheryl’s journey. We are proud of our long tradition of encouraging the ambitions of our staff and supporting their professional development. Including myself there are three partners who began their careers with the firm at a junior level. Due to our personal experiences of being supported in this way, we make sure to do everything we can in order for our staff to thrive.”
We are very proud that Cheryl is continuing her career – now as a fully qualified solicitor – with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors. We look forward to seeing Cheryl achieving her future goals.