Vanessa Charlton - Regulatory Paralegal at The Nursing and Midwifery Council

Updated: Jan 7

Vanessa Charlton

Regulatory Paralegal at The Nursing and Midwifery Council


Tell us a bit about yourself and your decision to pursue a career in law.


I graduated with a 2.1 in law from Nottingham Trent University in 2015. When I was studying, I was told about many different career paths and that the skills gained from a law degree would place me in a good position to excel in these. These careers of course involved becoming a lawyer (solicitor or barrister), a paralegal or a chartered legal executive. After weighing out my options and creating a pros and cons list, I knew that I wanted to qualify as a solicitor instead of a barrister.


Tell us about your current role and what it involves.


I am currently employed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council ("NMC"), the regulator for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. I am a regulatory paralegal and I work within the fitness to practice case presenters team. My role is to assist the lawyers prepare for hearings before the High Court and NMC practice committees.


How did you find your role in-house?


I applied for this role directly on the NMC’s website.


"My current in-house role offers flexible working and the opportunity to work from home."




What differences have you noticed between private practice and in-house?


Having previously worked for a private practice firm, I have noticed a few differences in culture. Private practice firms have a reputation for long working hours due to international clients and other various reasons. My current in-house role offers flexible working and the opportunity to work from home. There isn’t an expectation to work weekends or to work throughout the night. We have a ‘dress for your day’ policy; this allows me to dress casually Monday to Friday and in a more professional attire on court/hearing days.


Has your private experience helped you work in-house?


Working in private practice taught me how to manage my time effectively and how to persevere. Working long hours and weekends in some way confirmed my passion for law, as I found I was dedicated to my role.


"I would encourage anyone to speak to other paralegals and lawyers about their careers, as they will be able to offer good career advice and opportunities."

What advice you would give to someone looking to go in-house?


My advise would be to utilise your connections. I would encourage that you to speak to other paralegals and lawyers about their careers, as they will be able to offer good career advice and opportunities. In-house legal departments often have a friendly work environment with approachable people willing to make time for you. That’s not to say the same does not exist private practice!


Ultimately, if you have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out and just ask.

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