By: 11 July 2024
Switalskis translates experience into excellence with new paralegal

Switalskis has appointed Magdalena Dootson as a paralegal in its Leeds-based criminal law department.


Magdalena’s background

With over a decade of experience as a court translator for Polish speakers, Magdalena’s appointment at Switalskis marks a significant career change. Joining Switalskis’ seven-strong crime team as a paralegal, Magdalena aims to complete her legal training to become a qualified lawyer this year.

Magdalena says: “I was an interpreter and translator for over 10 years. I worked on cases for the police, courts, CPS, DWP, prison and probation services, the Home Office, Counter Terrorism Unit and law firms. Many of these were complex, high-profile cases, which were often of a highly disturbing nature. This gave me insight into different aspects of law and inspired me to pursue a legal career. I’ve known Switalskis for many years, and when the position became available, I had to go for it. I’ve always been impressed with the firm and this role is a perfect fit for my career ambitions.

“Criminal law is an interesting area and one that’s extremely varied. I’m looking forward to working with Switalskis’ welcoming central Leeds-based team and learning from their wealth of experience.”


Expanding the team

In addition to her practical experience, Magdalena has completed the Police Station Representative Accreditation Scheme and has achieved a Master of Laws (LLM).

Michael Devlin, solicitor and head of Switalskis’ crime team says: “We’re delighted to welcome Magdalena to our team. We’ve worked with her over the years so we knew she was very professional and was already accustomed to the aspects of work that can be challenging. Whether that’s unconventional working hours or dealing with people who are linked to the most disturbing criminal offences.

“It’s clear she has the ambition to progress strongly and quickly in her career to the benefit of our department and firm. We look forward to seeing the contributions she will make to our criminal law department.”


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Emma Cockings
Emma is the content editor for Yorkshire Legal News. Emma is an experienced writer with a background in client-centric personal injury law for a major firm. She has attended and reported on numerous high-profile legal events in Yorkshire.