Megan Ryan-Loughran

Megan Ryan-LoughranMegan is a graduate paralegal in our family law team team based in Manchester.

Why did you choose a career at Stephensons?

I had heard of Stephensons as they have a huge presence in the North West. I had been researching training contract opportunities and saw on Stephensons’ website phrases such as “nurturing home-grown talent” and that they had an “ambitious mindset but down to earth attitude”. I saw that they had been awarded, amongst other accolades, Law Firm of the Year and also Family Law Firm of the Year, which impressed me as I wanted to work in family law. After looking around the website, I turned to Trustpilot and saw that they had a large proportion of 5 star reviews, which cemented my belief that this was a firm that I wanted to be a part of. The department that I now work in, family law, actually had 100% 5 star reviews last year, which is testament to the firm’s mantra of ‘excellence in service’. Stephensons are committed to improving access to justice wherever possible and have a committee dedicated to corporate social responsibility which interested me.

I arrived for my interview on one of what I came to know as the weekly charitable ‘dress down Friday’, I was made to feel so welcome by all who I came across and it was clear that Stephensons prided themselves on being professional and approachable.

What is the best thing about your job?

Being a graduate paralegal offers me the opportunity to participate meaningfully in the legal process. It allows me to think critically and analytically and to optimise my communication skills, as I speak to clients, other solicitors, barristers, and barristers’ clerks, all of whom require a different conversation style. I enjoy these varied interactions and I feel supported by both my peers and my managers.

Why would you recommend a career at Stephensons?

I definitely feel that I have grown in terms of both my personal and professional development. The team that I work in, and indeed the whole firm, is incredibly supportive and we all help each other out. I am given responsibility for tasks which offer individual challenges, and appraisals offer feedback moving forward. As a graduate paralegal in the family department, I have a wide range of responsibilities, from drafting and filing court documents under supervision, to attending meetings with clients and sitting behind counsel in court occasionally. My role keeps me on my toes as no two days are ever the same!

As a firm, Stephensons has a number of people who have worked here for many years, and I think that further speaks volumes about why I would recommend the firm – people feel valued and that’s why they stay here.

Describe Stephensons in three words:

Committed, reliable, approachable.