AN apprentice from Carlisle who left school at 17 has worked his way up to qualify into the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives after a decade in practice.

Codie Slessor, 27, was a sixth form student at Richard Rose Morton Academy with an initial career path towards becoming a PE teacher.

He, however, took an unexpected turn and launched his career at Wragg Mark-Bell Solicitors in Carlisle.

Mr Slessor said: "No one day is the same and I love it."

“When I was first offered the job here I imagined lots of suits and big desks, but this is a people job and we are a very approachable and friendly team.”

His role has evolved from working on reception for a year before moving to the crime department where he became qualified to represent clients at the police station.

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He also assisted the firm’s solicitors and barristers in the Crown Court. His specialism now is conveyancing, but Mr Slessor is still on call one night a week as an Accredited Police Station Representative at the police station.

He has represented individuals charged with various crimes, including murder, assault, and arson.

Mr Slessor said: "I spent most of Christmas Day at the police station. It can be hectic but I love the challenge.”

Through the financial stability the job has brought him, Mr Slessor and his fiancée were able to purchase their first home four years ago and are now planning for their wedding in September.

Stating that the job has changed his life, he said: "I was brought up to believe that if you work hard you can achieve anything and I am so grateful that I was given this chance to prove myself.”

His work ethic and outgoing personality captured the attention of Nick Kennon, managing director at Wragg Mark-Bell, who saw his potential and arranged for his legal training.

Speaking in commemoration of the National Apprenticeship Week, Mr Kennon said: “As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Codie is a shining example of what can be achieved.

“It has been a pleasure to observe and support his personal and professional development over the last ten years.

"From joining us as an NVQ lvl 2 apprentice, through training as a police station representative to becoming a legal executive in conveyancing, Codie continues to be a real asset to our team."

Laura Urquhart, director at Wragg Mark-Bell, said commended Mr Slessor's approachable and reliable personality, adding that he is a key member of the conveyancing team.