Tegan Duffy

Hello I am Tegan, I am 23 years old and from Essex. Before I started my career at Baker McKenzie I completed my A Levels in Business Development, Personal Business Finance and Sociology at a sixth form college near where I live in Essex.

Before I started my A Levels I was set on becoming a hairdresser but that quickly changed once I started my A Levels and I realised my skills are in organisation.

My career at Baker McKenzie started in September 2016, I joined the firm at 19 years old as a Legal Administrator Apprentice. I was one of the first legal administrator apprentices at Baker McKenzie. During my apprenticeship I completed my Level 2 CILEx qualification. My contract was for 2 years and I was so ready and determined to complete my course, I completed all my exams and coursework and qualified within a record time of 1 year and 4 months.

After qualifying I applied for a Legal Administrator job within the firm’s IP, Data and Technology team in January 2018. As the only Legal Administrator within my PA team, I supported a range of Trainees to Mid-Level Associates and supported the Senior Legal PAs on departmental tasks. Whilst being a legal admin I realised I wanted to get more involved with tasks for senior members of the team and wanted to challenge myself further and move to the next step of becoming a PA.

After being a Legal Administrator for one year, I applied for a Legal Personal Assistant role within the team and was successful in January 2019. I can proudly say that I had moved up three job levels within 3 years and was still only 21 years old.

Fast forward to now, I have been a Legal PA for just over two years supporting a variety of levels within the team and covering a range of colleagues within our department. I currently support 3 Partners, 2 Senior Associates, our BD Manager and our Knowledge Lawyer. I enjoy these responsibilities and I am determined to carry on climbing the PA job ladder