Posted on 2 May 2016

Newly Qualified Solicitor

What was the highlight of your training contract?

There have been many highlights which is partly because my experiences in each seat have been so varied. One highlight was the first secured lending deal I completed. This was in my third seat which was commercial property and was the first time I was given the responsibility of running a transaction myself. Having had to deal with a few difficult issues, it was a very good feeling to finally complete the deal and it confirmed to me that transactional law is what I’m interested in. Other highlights include a trip to the Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice whilst I was in litigation seat and various marketing events that Michelmores are keen to get the trainees involved in.

Why did you choose to qualify in Real Estate?

Like many others, I really did not enjoy studying the land law module at university and it was a rare occasion if I could make sense of whatever the lecturer was saying at the time! However, working in Commercial Real Estate is very different. The law is the same but there is so much commerciality involved in the deals you are working on that you have to really think about things from your client’s perspective. It’s also tangible as you are dealing with matters that concern actual existing land or buildings and so it is quite cool to drive past a building or development you know you have worked on.

What was your route into the law?

My route into law was very simple. I studied Law at The University of Exeter and thankfully managed to secure my training contract in the summer following my second year, studied my LPC at the University of Law in Bristol and then started my training contract!

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining Michelmores’ training programme?

You would be making a good choice. My training contract at Michelmores has allowed me to experience a broad range of practice areas and the matters I have been involved in include huge transactions or cases in which I have played a small role but have been great experience, or smaller matters that I have been allowed to pretty much run myself and so have had early responsibility. I have found senior lawyers in every team who have been willing to put the time in with me and give me helpful feedback which has been the most important part of my learning experience.

Have you followed someone on Twitter/Instagram you can recommend?

To be honest my Twitter and Instagram are full of celebrities and other rubbish. Following Conor McGregor has been useful though; seeing him spend his millions on Lamborghinis is a motivator.