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Life as a Trainee Solicitor

As a young law student leaving university, the main focus for many is unquestionably to find a training contract as soon as possible. Facing increasing competition in their efforts to secure a training contract, many young budding lawyers, often act in haste accepting the first opportunity that comes their way. While the reasons for doing so may be understandable as a training contract provides a measure of security and respite from the stress of endless applications and assessment days, what is more important however is finding the right firm for you.

While it may be easy to be lured into the glitz and glamour of the bigger firms, do not forget the purpose of a training contract, and that is to train. In my experience having visited many of the “big” firms throughout university, I knew that they would not be the best place to commence my legal career. Stories that you may hear about trainees being glorified photocopiers while working ridiculous hours are not in some cases, unfounded.

Thankfully, I stuck to my instincts and elected for a smaller city firm in Ralli. In my view it is very important to be in a place whereby you are not just another cog in the overall machinery in the firm, but are valued within your team and have daily interaction with the partners of the firm who are as invested in your development as you are. Every month I have personal one to one meetings with the senior partner of the firm where we break down what I learnt in each case in the preceding month.

I am currently sat in Ralli’s corporate department where I have gained valuable experience in a WIDE array of different matters. For example, in a recent transaction not only was I involved from a corporate perspective, but also heavily involved in terms of the employment and property elements of the transaction. From drafting complex shareholders agreements to advising companies on a regular basis through our Absolute Business Care scheme, I have already been involved in numerous unique cases, which will hopefully by the end of my training contract result in me becoming a well-rounded solicitor.

Securing a training contract requires a lot of time and effort, my advice to any future lawyers out there is to find a firm that is willing to put the time and effort into you. By focusing on what you want to achieve during your training contract from the outset, it will stand you in good stead during the interview process and throughout your training.