Paralegal of the Year Finalist Debbie Beattie
Published March 3, 2020
The third Paralegal of the Year finalist is Debbie Beattie. On a sunny but blustery day in Dundee, Shona Smans, Senior Business Development Manager (Commercial), met up with Debbie to learn about her journey as a paralegal.
‘After meeting Debbie for the first time and spending a couple of hours in her company it is not difficult to understand why clients feel comfortable with her. She is friendly, approachable and instantly puts you at ease. She is also extremely modest and admits that she was amazed when she heard that not only had Blackadders put her forward, but that she had been shortlisted as a finalist for Paralegal of the Year.’
Commercial Property Partner, Emma Gray, is more forthcoming describing her as a ‘Superstar’! Emma went on to explain that one of Debbie’s strengths is her ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward way that clients can understand.
Debbie has spent nearly all of her career at Blackadders and started as a Property Sales Assistant before going onto train as a Conveyancing Paralegal. She credits starting in Property Sales as being a valuable part of her developing career as it taught her about the sale process and she learned about the importance of regular communication with clients. ‘Selling your house can be a tense time. I learned quickly that clients are more reassured if they are kept closely informed and this is something I still apply in my role today’, says Debbie.
Debbie’s desire to continue to learn and develop has not stopped with her qualification as a Residential Conveyancing Paralegal. She is now close to achieving her Dual Accreditation in Commercial Property and her role has evolved into this sector where she is involved with lease management and investment purchases and sales as well as development plot sales.
Debbie works almost entirely remotely to allow her to pursue one of her main passions outside work – looking after her Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Diesel, Dino and Dixie. She explains that Staffies get a very bad name in the press and it’s a huge passion of hers to fly the flag for the breed. Through this interest she also volunteers for The Cinnamon Trust which helps vulnerable people (mainly the elderly and terminally ill) with their pets. ‘Whilst people may be struggling to look after or walk their pets, I understand that they can still make a real benefit to people’s lives. I originally got involved with the Trust when I helped a local lady, who was housebound, walk her dog Murphy, who was unsurprisingly a Staffie!’ The most ironic thing is that Debbie is actually allergic to dogs!
Debbie says she is determined and has a good work ethic which is why she assumes she has got to this position today. Her modesty still prevails and she says that whilst she is truly privileged to have been nominated she knows many paralegal friends and colleagues who are equally deserving of this accolade. However when you spend time with Debbie it is easy to see why she has been shortlisted!