As you may be aware, both myself and my colleague, Holly Ramsey, have now started our training with Giles Wilson with the aim of becoming solicitors after a period of 2 years. On top of this, we both also attend university one day a week to study for our Legal Practice qualification.
The step from being a Paralegal to a Trainee Solicitor has been more recognisable than I thought it would be, not only due to the increased workload, but also the different type of tasks that we have been asked to do by our supervising solicitors.
Whilst I have stayed under the supervision of Philip and Caroline in the Family and Civil Litigation departments, Holly has moved over to the Private Client and Court of Protection Department, supervised by Melinda. The work we have been given, whether it be drafting legal documents, researching a niche area of the law or communicating directly with clients has given us both a good taste of what it means to be a solicitor.
The one key thing I have learnt so far is that efficiency is a key skill and invaluable to the firm. Due to the gradual increase in the complexity of the work we are given, it is imperative to work carefully and to a high standard, but with a mind of the time spent on each task. Too long spent on a task would make for inefficient practice, and would not impress the client when they receive the final bill! I feel that it is important for every trainee, in whichever area of law they work in, to get to grips with this key skill as quickly as possible early in their training contract.
In some respects both Holly and I are lucky, as we combine a full-time training contract with part-time study. This means that throughout the duration of our training contracts, the new areas of law that we learn at university will be fresh in the mind, and should help us in completing new tasks to a high standard in a minimal amount of time.
As we are both in the early part of our training, there is still a lot to learn (as well as a lot of studying!). We will of course give you updates as to how we are getting along.
Until next time….