Fast-growing Newport law firm Bellavia & Associates has expanded its team with the appointment of a new Legal and Administrative Assistant.
In her new role at Bellavia & Associates, 22-year-old Megan Lear is responsible for taking phone calls, dealing with post, opening all new legal matters and making sure all compliance is completed correctly.
Originally from Pontypool and a former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, fluent Welsh speaker Megan completed her law degree at Aberystwyth University before achieving a Master’s degree in Legal Practice at Cardiff University. Megan completed her degree in Welsh and English and has a professional Welsh skills certificate.
Megan supports the firm’s team of lawyers and associates – led by managing director and company founder Zep Bellavia – to deliver cost-effective, efficient client services.
Her role ranges from processing court forms and issuing money claims, to obtaining judgements and initiating enforcement processes – ensuring that in uncertain times, customers can be certain of Bellavia & Associates.
“When I completed my Masters I was looking for a job with a legal firm that would teach me the basics before I enter into a training contract. I really wanted to learn how to be a solicitor in the ‘real’ world.
“I already knew one of the team at Bellavia & Associates and they told me what a great mentor and tutor Zep is, and I’ve already had lots of invaluable feedback and guidance from him.”
Megan has also become the company’s in-house IT trouble-shooter, dealing with everything from managing the Bellavia & Associates’ website and social media platforms, to setting up court hearings and video conferences with clients and liaising with IT consultants and suppliers.
Managing director and founder Zep Bellavia said:
“We’re really pleased to welcome Megan to our team.
“She is the first voice most people will hear when they contact Bellavia & Associates, and I’ve been really impressed with her friendly and professional manner with clients and her willingness to learn.
“I’m looking forward to helping Megan become a first-class solicitor.”