Jo Milford

Graduated LLB (Hons) Law - 2008

Current Profession Trainee Solicitors, Fletchers Solicitors

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“The Law department at Edge Hill gave me excellent experience to start my career and during my studies I helped to set up the Law Society for the university.”

Jo Milford had her own retail business importing furniture, and juggled that with bringing up three small children. So when also she decided on a total change of lifestyle – which involved a Law degree at Edge Hill University – time management took on a whole new meaning.

Thanks to the institution’s Fastrack course, it didn’t matter that Jo didn’t have the usual academic qualifications. She was able to embark on a whole new career as it bridged the gap between work and study.

Jo discovered a passion for Law through her personal experiences. She and her husband had taken civil court action against the previous owners of their house after discovering they had misrepresented a major issue with anti-social neighbours. To cut costs, Jo assisted their barrister in successfully making their case.

“Essentially, I did a lot of the research in preparing the evidence,” Jo says, “and that gave me a taste of the legal profession.

“The Law department at Edge Hill gave me excellent experience to start my career and during my studies I helped to set up the Law Society for the university.”

After graduating with a 2:1 in 2008, Jo did the Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with the aim of becoming a solicitor and quickly found work as a paralegal. She’s now based at Southport firm Fletchers, working as a Fee Earner and Supervisor of a Post Issue Litigation team. Jo has also secured a trainee solicitor’s position and will qualify in June 2016.

And she’s discovered an unusual specialism – much of it focusing on road traffic accidents.

Jo adds: “We’re a very motorcycle friendly firm. The chief executive of the company is a motorbike enthusiast who suffered a spinal injury in a crash some years ago. As a firm we are passionate about making a difference for victims of serious motorbike accident, especially brain and spinal injuries.”

Now in her 40s, Jo is strongly committed to the firm and is working towards becoming a fully qualified solicitor.

“The fight for places in the legal profession is fierce,” she says, “but my advice is to get experience during your course, choose your area of law carefully and really get to know the industry.”

For full course information on LLB (Hons) Law at Edge Hill click here.