Top marks for Ward Hadaway lawyer | 06 May 09

INSOLVENCY lawyer Jane Garvin is celebrating after coming out on top in a nationwide examination.

Jane (above), an associate at Ward Hadaway in Newcastle, scored the highest marks of any lawyer in the UK sitting the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) 2008 examination.

She also achieved the second highest mark amongst the 130-plus candidates who sat the exam, which is taken by people looking to become licensed insolvency practitioners.

Her successes earned Jane two prizes – the Insolvency Lawyers Association Prize for the highest mark by a lawyer and the PricewaterhouseCoopers prize for the second highest overall mark – as well as making her eligible to become a fully qualified and licensed insolvency practitioner.

Jane said: “The JIEB is a very difficult examination and one where it is difficult to gauge whether you have done well or not so I was pleasantly surprised to find out how well I had done.

“As only 63 of the 131 people taking the exam passed, I was pleased just to have passed, but to get these awards is even better.”

Jane has specialised in insolvency since qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 and is a key member of Ward Hadaway’s insolvency and corporate recovery team.

She began studying for the JIEB exams in March 2008, taking the paper in November 2008.

Jane said: “I do a lot of work with insolvency practitioners so passing the JIEB gives me a much deeper technical understanding of the issues practitioners face.

“It also means that the advice I can offer Ward Hadaway’s clients will be even more comprehensive than before.”

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “Jane has done terrifically well in what is renowned as a very demanding examination.

“To achieve the highest marks in the country for a lawyer and the second highest overall is no mean feat and shows how talented Jane is and how hard she has worked.”

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