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In conversation with Hannah Cazaly: Climbing the career ladder

By Hannah Cazaly

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We caught up with Hannah Cazaly to learn about her career progression with the firm - work experience while at university through to fully fledged qualified solicitor!

"In October 2017, I was promoted to a paralegal position and in January 2019, I started my training contract. I qualified as a solicitor in July 2020 and I remain in this role today."


Have you always wanted to be a lawyer?


I picked to study law at college and found that it was the only subject truly enjoyed. The law is always evolving and changing and that’s what keeps it interesting. From then on I decided I wanted to study law at university and train to be a lawyer.


What's been your career story so far?


I was born and raised in York attending Millthorpe School and then York college. I went on to study Law at Northumbria University which offered the

M Law course. This was a four year course which combined the law degree with an integrated master’s. I graduated from university with first class honours.

During my time at university, I secured work experience at Pryers Solicitors (now Switalskis) in the clinical negligence team in summer 2013. It was from then that I decided I wanted to be a clinical negligence lawyer. I then returned to Pryers for work experience in 2014 and 2015.

After my work experience in 2015, I was offered a position in the new enquiries team for the summer. In 2016, after I graduated from university, I was offered a job in the new enquiries team as a call handler.

In October 2017, I was promoted to a paralegal position and in January 2019, I started my training contract. I qualified as a solicitor in July 2020 and I remain in this role today with Switalskis following integration of the two firms.


Tell us about your typical day in your medical negligence role


I start my day by responding to any emails. I then check my task list and I complete any urgent tasks first. I complete records reviews, draft letters of instruction to experts and review expert reports. I also have cases that are in litigation where deadlines need to be adhered to and documents must be served. I also liaise with clients on a daily basis providing updates and taking instructions.

I enjoy learning about medicine in my role as a lawyer and I enjoy liaising with some of the best medical experts in the country. I also enjoy negotiating settlements with defendants and I believe that when a claim is successful, this is the most rewarding part of my role.

I currently work two days in the office and three days at home and I am happy with this balance. I enjoy going into the office to see my colleagues and I enjoy the case discussions that can take place in the office. Equally, I know my colleagues are at the end of a phone call should I need them when working from home.



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Hannah has worked in the legal sector for seven years. She’s a Solicitor in our Medical Negligence team.


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