Solicitor - Family Law
I started my Law LLB Law in 2007. Before I moved to Leicester, I undertook voluntary work experience at two law firms in Birmingham during the summer months after my A Levels. I made good working relationships at both firms. Blakemores Solicitors offered me regular paid summer work from 2007-2010 and Blair Allison offered me a further voluntary work placement in Summer 2008. In addition to this, I worked at a conveyancing law firm in Leicester during my degree. This helped me stand out from other graduate students as I had gained 3 years property law experience.
Obtaining work experience is vital for a career in Law and as a result I became well known to other solicitors around the Birmingham Area. It is much harder to secure a training contact if you have not had quality experience in the legal field.
In 2009, Blair Allison Solicitors offered me a training contract. I was delighted to accept because the firm has an outstanding reputation in Family Law and is one of largest family law specialists outside of London. I felt that I would be better suited in a firm that specialised rather than a firm which provided a number of areas of legal advice.
I completed the LPC at Birmingham College of Law in May 2011 and commenced my training contract in October 2011. Under the SRA regulations a trainee must have completed areas of both contentious and non-contentious law. I started working at Blair Allison shadowing partners within the firm and undertaking basic drafting work. I then had to undertake 3 months at a different firm which dealt with conveyancing, wills and probate to satisfy the SRA regulations.
During my second year of the training contract I began to manage my own case load and do my own advocacy at court. My main area of work is private children disputes, care proceedings, divorce, finance and injunction proceedings. I deal with a range of clients including teenage moms to wealthy entrepreneurs and I spend about 40% of my time in court or advocate meetings.
I much prefer the children work rather than the finances but as a newly qualified solicitor, I would like to keep my options open!