For our first profile of 2023, we meet Rebecca Mason, PA in the Litigation and Disputes Resolution team.
Hear all about how 23-year-old Rebecca from Worsley came to work in law, her involvement in the firm’s wider community groups and her athletic talents.
When did you join Pannone Corporate?
I joined Pannone as a PA back in July 2022 and, prior to this, I worked in the financial services industry within the SIPP department for investment platform, AJ Bell.
Why did you join Pannone?
The legal sector has always interested me and, as a recent graduate still somewhat figuring out my career path, I believed that working as a PA offered a brilliant opportunity to gain some on-the-ground insight into the industry.
The chance to work in the role at one of the North West’s leading law firms has been invaluable for my career development. On a daily basis, I’m able to work alongside a vast number of inspirational people, ranging from junior to senior level.
What route did you go down, in terms of training and qualifications?
I studied history, psychology and English language and literature at A Level and then went on to study history at the University of Sheffield, where I specialised in the history of the British Empire and humanitarianism throughout the course of the twentieth century.
Why did you take this route?
History has always been a subject close to my heart and I was allured by the prospect of covering untouched, or in some circumstances, neglected areas of history.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Leaving the office knowing that I’ve made someone else’s day that bit easier!
What does a typical day look like?
The best thing about being a PA is that no two days are the same. I work alongside a range of team members with different specialist areas, meaning that my work can be very varied. Predominantly, this involves conducting research, pulling evidence together through bundles, diary management and overseeing administrative duties.
What are your career ambitions?
I want to continue developing my skillset as a PA, whilst deepening my knowledge of the legal sector. There is a plethora of progression opportunities within the legal industry which are not exclusively for those with solicitor qualifications, so I’m hoping to explore these options further in the future.
If you were managing partner for the day, what’s the first thing you would do?
I’d encourage my colleagues to get involved in both the charity and environmental groups within our firm to increase the positive influence that we have in both the local and wider community.
What would you be doing if you didn’t have a career in law?
I love participating in and watching sport, so perhaps a role in sports journalism.
Do you have any particular skills/talents that your work colleagues may not know about?
I previously competed at national level in both athletics and cross country, with my proudest achievements including a bronze team medal in the Northern cross-country championships, as well as holding an unbeaten age-group record at San Francisco parkrun!
Although I’m no longer a competitive athlete, I am still very much involved in my local athletics club, Salford Harriers, and I am the senior women’s team manager.