Meet the trainee – Lela Turkia

Lela graduated with a First-class honours degree in law from the University of Exeter and completed her LLM LPC at the University of Law in Bristol. Lela is currently a first-year trainee, undertaking her second seat in the South West Transactional Real Estate team.

What did you do before starting your training contract?

I grew up in Georgia before I moved to the UK in 2006. I completed my A-levels at Richmond upon Thames College in London. While I was doing my A-levels, I was lucky enough to undertake work experience with his Honour Judge Michael Carroll in Woolwich Crown Court. This enabled me to experience legal work first-hand and meet other legal professionals. I realised that legal work is challenging, exciting and that no two days are ever the same! I then knew that this was the profession that I wanted to work in.

After completing my A-levels, I moved to Exeter to study for my undergraduate degree in law. Whilst studying, I worked part-time in different retail roles.  After graduating from the University of Exeter, I took my LLM LPC at the University of Law in Bristol.

What made you choose Michelmores?

My first encounter with Michelmores was when I met a member of the HR team during a workshop at university. At the workshop, representatives from Michelmores gave us tips on how to apply for a training contract and the 'do’s and don’ts' of interviews. The firm came across as very approachable and friendly, which led to my application for Michelmores' Summer Vacation Scheme.

During the scheme, I spent one week working at the Exeter office in Clinical Negligence. After completing the scheme, Michelmores became my first choice law firm to work for. I had always wanted to train and work alongside a team of solicitors who are renowned for their expertise and reputation. The working environment is professional, yet friendly and welcoming. It is a great place to work and learn!

What has been your best moment so far?

I must say that the high volume of client contact has been the best part so far. Being able to pick up a call from a client and to help them has been the most satisfying part of my job!

Outside of the office

I recently joined the in-house staff gym. It's a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work. I really enjoy cooking and I like trying out new dishes and different ingredients.  I have also found a good way of practicing my Russian language skills, which is to watch a Russian chat show called ‘Пусть говорят’ regularly!

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