My unconventional journey to become a solicitor
Eman Hassan | 15.08.2018
15.03.2019 Rosanna Watts
Firstly I must say I cannot believe that I am drawing to the end of my training contract at Moore Blatch. The gruelling process of applying for training contracts seems a lifetime ago and I can safely say it was all worth it! In light of this, I wanted to share a small insight into the highs and the lows of my training contract with some (hopefully) useful advice for anyone wishing to apply.
As a trainee at Moore Blatch the greatest part has been the firm’s culture. Everyone is incredibly friendly and within the first week I knew this was the right place for me. My supervisors have all shown a genuine interest in my development and I have gained fantastic exposure to a range of work. During all seats I have been sat next to intelligent and approachable solicitors who have always given their time to explain tasks and processes to me. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a good giggle with them too!
Client and Court Contact
Whilst training at Moore Blatch I have attended a range of hearings including criminal hearings (relevant to our serious injury claims), tribunal hearings and a Costs and Case Management Conference. These have enabled me to learn the intricacies of the court. I have also had great exposure to different forms of client meetings enabling me to understand and build client relationships. This exposure is rare to find so I feel incredibly lucky.
I learnt the hard way that admin tasks are not trivial! One time, I drafted a letter and felt suitably chuffed when it was approved. I popped it into an envelope and put it in our post tray. Later that day, I was found rummaging in the post room to find this letter because I had forgotten to enclose certain documents! As a trainee you will make mistakes; however, they are mostly fixable. Moore Blatch does not expect perfection but it does expect a willingness to learn.
The most distinctive difference between a training contract and other forms of qualifying is the seat rotation. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t found this tough. You have to learn to start in a new environment, learn a new area of law and develop relationships within a new team. After 6 months (and just as you start to feel confident within your role) you have to start all over again. Despite it being challenging, it feels a true accomplishment. It teaches you to adapt, to be resilient and to have confidence within yourself. It also helps to ensure you qualify into an area of law that you are passionate about.
Thinking of applying?
For anyone thinking of applying I would definitely recommend it. My advice would be to have confidence in your own ability. No matter how small or insignificant you think your experiences are; I guarantee they will demonstrate you have the necessary skills. Don’t compare yourself to others and be proud of your own journey!
If you are interested in applying for a training contract with Moore Blatch, please visit our Training programme section. Applications close 31 March 2019. Best of luck!