Emily Watts, assistant in the property team of Verisona Law has been named the recipient of a prestigious award for her studies at the University of Law.
It is a double celebration for aspiring lawyer Emily Watts, who since joining legal practice Verisona Law in 2017, has been studying part-time at the University of Law in Guildford. Not only is she celebrating her graduation from the professional learning centre’s LPC course, but she is doing so having been awarded the ‘Gateley Plc Prize for Excellence in Property Law’.
‘I was quite overwhelmed when I first heard the news,’ says Emily. ‘Studying such an intense course part time in addition to having a full time job has been very demanding so to be given an award in addition to my degree has been really exciting.’
Having studied languages at the University of Exeter, Emily began her career in 2012 with her first job as a legal secretary. Over the following five years she gained experience in law firms across Hampshire and Surrey, spent two years in London working for AIG Europe Limited, and began studying at the University of Law in 2015, being awarded a diploma after her two year conversion course..
After initially joining Verisona Law’s corporate and commercial team, Emily moved into the firm’s commercial property division in June 2018.
‘I enjoyed property work from the start, so was thoroughly enthused when it came to choosing options for my LPC,’ she explains. ‘I did both the mandatory Real Estate and elective Advanced Real Estate options, achieved marks of 84% and 89% respectively, so it feels like this is the area of law I was meant to practice.’
Emily’s name will now be inscribed on the prize board in the library at the university, and she is looking forward to the prize giving reception on 7th November.
‘We are really proud of Emily,’ says Verisona Law’s Managing Director, Sue Ball. ‘She has worked hard and shown a natural flair and talent for the work she does at the firm. She deserves her award and all the recognition that goes with it.’
‘I am so grateful to Verisona Law,’ says Emily. ‘The firm gave me time to study, a major contribution to the course fees and my colleagues have been so supportive. There is no way I could have achieved what I have without the firms support.’