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Life as a trainee solicitor at LCF Law
Thinking about starting a career in law? Holly Jordan describes her experiences as a trainee solicitor in her second year at LCF Law.
Before starting my law degree, I worked in customer services for four years but knew that wasn’t my forever career. I wish I had a “showstopper” story to tell about how I became interested in law and wanted to become a solicitor, but I don’t - I just thought it sounded cool and the rest is history! Seven years later and I’m due to qualify in October.
I’ve really enjoyed the exposure and responsibility that I’ve been provided with early on. I know from talking with some of my peers training at other firms that they often don’t get the same level of involvement and responsibility as trainees at LCF Law do so we’re extremely lucky in this regard.
I’ve been trusted to complete on various large property transactions, speak with clients daily, draft instructions to counsel, attend hearings and site visits alongside counsel, draft notes of advice and get involved in business development, and even represented the firm at a mock employment tribunal where I was the claimant’s advocate.
When I first came to the firm, I worked in the real estate team. It was so satisfying completing on deals and such a buzz to be placed in a fast-paced environment from the get-go.
I then took a seat in the litigation and contentious probate team, considering complex issues which are never the same. During this time, I attended a site visit with a barrister of 28 years and LCF Law partner Tom Edwards. Listening to two experts with such a breadth of experience and knowledge talk about legal issues in depth was a great experience.
I’m currently in my third seat in the corporate team where I can often work on three different areas of law all in the same day. I could be drafting ancillaries for a management buyout transaction (corporate), preparing a disciplinary hearing letter on behalf of an employer (employment) and drafting a trademark search report (commercial) – so needless to say that it’s extremely intellectually stimulating. It’s also really fulfilling seeing the commercial impact of my work and getting to know a client’s business whilst helping contribute to their strategic goals.
The support I have been given by my training supervisors in each department has been second to none. Not only are they experts in their fields, but they’re always approachable to answer any questions (however big or small) and great inspiration for trainees.
I would definitely recommend starting a career in law at LCF because of the exposure, responsibility and support that a trainee is given and the fact that the firm really focuses on making a difference to deliver the best possible service for its clients all whilst retaining a down to earth feel.
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