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Double Celebrations for the Herons

Sam Azzopardi-Tudor

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There was a dual celebration in the Heron household over the weekend as both husband George and wife Sam, were formally admitted as Chartered Legal Executives at a ceremony in London.

George, who is the Alpha Professional Manager at Martin Kaye Solicitors, was admitted as a Fellow of CILEX in the same year he completed his qualification, which was in 2021, but he decided to defer his admission ceremony, so that he and his wife Sam could be admitted at the same time.

The Herons headed to the admission ceremony which took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre at Westminster on Saturday 14th October.

To be admitted as a Fellow, George and Sam needed to complete a period of qualifying employment and complete a work-based learning portfolio, which George has completed during his time at Martin Kaye Solicitors. He initially joined the West Midlands-based law firm back in 2014, on a six-month fixed term maternity contract and unqualified in employment law. Fast forward nearly ten years, and George is a qualified lawyer and looking after Martin Kaye Solicitors’ Alpha clients.

George commented: “It was one of the proudest days of my life, from a personal and professional perspective. The day marked the culmination of so much hard work and sacrifice; with hours spent in text books, hours upon hours of exams and anxious months waiting for results” before adding about how grateful he was of Martin Kaye Solicitors’ support, “when I joined the company ten years ago, I was opening post and ordering ink cartridges, I didn’t dream that I’d become a qualified lawyer in the same firm, so I want to thank them for the faith they have placed in me”.

John Mehtam, Partner and Head of Commercial Services at Martin Kaye Solicitors, added: “We couldn’t be more proud of George and his wife Sam for their admission as Fellows of CILEX. As a firm, we are delighted that they were able to celebrate the occasion together and make it a real family occasion. Congratulations to them both”.

George was also keen to add about how wonderful the occasion was, as he was able to spend time as a family, with their son, Mason attending the ceremony too: “Having Mason there made it such a memorable day. Now he has two lawyers as parents, so he surely has no hope of winning any arguments at home!”