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My First Year As A Trainee

7 October 2016

Georgina Went reflects on her first year as a trainee solicitor…
I have just finished my first year as a trainee at Lennons Solicitors, which I spent in our dispute resolution department. Reflecting on my time at Lennons so far, it would certainly be true to say that I have been involved in a wide variety of work and have been kept continuously on my toes. The best word to describe a day in my life as a trainee solicitor would be ‘unpredictable’. Every day is different to the last, which can lead to some panic stricken moments!

In the first years of your legal career, a training contract is the holy grail of all jobs. In reality, a training contract is a job which has its ups and downs, just like any other. During the first year of my training contract I have learnt so many new skills and I have gained so much confidence. I have been given so many opportunities which have enabled me to mould into a junior lawyer. I can honestly say that I have learnt one new thing every day for the last year, some bigger than others, but all important in contributing to the end goal- becoming a qualified solicitor.

I have been given a huge amount of responsibility during the first year of my training contract. At Lennons, trainees really are treated as junior lawyers, taking on their own caseload quite quickly. I have been given the opportunity to carry out my own advocacy at the County Court whilst also attending a number of other interesting Court hearings, run my own mediations, negotiations and round table meetings in different areas of civil litigation such as building disputes, property litigation and contractual breaches. Most importantly, since day one of my training I have been given the opportunity to communicate directly with clients, carrying out my own client meetings throughout the last year. These have all been invaluable experiences setting me up for my future career.

The autonomy I have been granted has been consistently matched with regular meetings and support from my Director. Having the right level of support has enabled me to have confidence in growing my knowledge, skills, workload and allowing me to develop at a quicker pace. There is a huge sense of approachability throughout the firm, which means there is always someone on hand to help in those moments of need, be it another trainee, solicitor or director of the firm. I really believe that no amount of legal knowledge will make you the perfect trainee. The most important thing is your ability to be malleable and prioritising your learning.

Something I have always heard from other trainees or newly qualified solicitors when I was looking for a training contract was how daunting the transition is between being a trainee solicitor and becoming newly qualified. It is inevitable that this transition will be a step up but even with just my first year of training complete, I have been given enough responsibility and experience to bridge that gap, leaving me with a sense of excitement for the transition, rather than dread.

So far, I have completed all of my core modules in my professional skills course, which included Advocacy and communication skills, Client Care and Professional Standards and Financial and Business Skills modules. I found all three of these courses a great opportunity to network with fellow trainees to share experiences. The advocacy module is extremely interactive and allows you to practice your skills in public speaking, questioning and preparation. This module gave me the confidence to begin my own advocacy for applications in the County Court. The financial and business skills module is challenging with an exam at the end of your third day testing your knowledge on investments and legal compliance. I felt that this course widened my general financial knowledge and will certainly help me throughout my career and my personal life.

You will note that I have mentioned some panic stricken moments and the inevitable ‘downs’ of any job… the best thing about being a trainee is that you are allowed to make mistakes and actually the downs are easily forgotten because they each become something new that you have learnt and so you only need to remember what is essential to do differently next time.

I have now ventured over into our commercial and property departments for the remainder of my training and I am extremely excited to explore an entirely new area of law.

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Amy Sansom
Amy Sansom
14:03 04 Dec 19
Rezaul was brilliant at solving a corporate dispute for us and ensured procedure was followed to the letter. He was... always on hand for a quick phone call if needed and kept us up to date on the matter. Thank youread more
Mike Lennon
Mike Lennon
23:01 21 Oct 19
Andrew king from Lennons Solicitors is excellent at what he does. Having conducted research around various firms based... upon expertise and reviews I opted to instruct Lennon's Solicitors. My point of contact was Pauline Barber who took my initial information. I was then referred to Andrew in respect of a sensitive property / probate matter, which was a very stressful situation for my mother. Suffice to say Andrew was personal but professional in his approach, explaining everything in a way you can understand, whilst providing clear options in how to progress matters. He was helpful in resolving any queries and concerns which were raised. This not only helped me tremendously in obtaining the correct information he required but it also made matters stress free and easy for my mother to understand. Pauline assisted in proceedings when Andrew was not available and all messages left received prompt responses by both Pauline and Andrew. Overall Lennon's were selected for their reputation and expertise in the field i required. Suffice to say Lennon's did not fail to deliver and Andrew is a damn good solicitor, who I would recommend 100%.read more
Rachel Moore
Rachel Moore
12:50 16 Oct 19
I've used Todd Bowsher for buying/selling property twice now and both times have been straight forward and stress-free.... It became apparent to me in buying my latest flat the importance of having a good solicitor and I can't recommend Todd, and Lennons, highly enough.read more
Bob Falana
Bob Falana
12:21 14 Oct 19
Dear Todd, having worked with you on a number of property purchases over the last few years, I am delighted to offer my... feedback. You are a pleasure to work with, Always returning my calls and keeping me informed throughout the process. You make what could be a stressful time much easier and calmer, your advice has been valuable and accurate for sticky moments in the process. Thank you for a great service at a great price. Kind regards - Bobread more
Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
10:35 02 Oct 19
Lennons worked on a commercial lease for me. They performed this task quickly and efficiently. Easy to work with.
Martin Nash
Martin Nash
14:50 01 Oct 19
Ros at Lennons recently acted for me with a house purchase. Excellent service, she kept me well informed throughout,... the process, seemed really knowledgeable and chased things along when necessary. Would highly recommend. Competitive fee for a quality service. Thanks Ros.read more
Susan Harris
Susan Harris
11:04 26 Sep 19
I am very pleased that I instructed Rezaul from Lennons in Amersham to undertake some conveyancing work for me in... relation to my business. Rezaul communicated well and always kept me informed about how the process was going, along the way. He was also very easy to get along with and available to answer any questions. I will certainly use him for anything I may have in his expertise in the future!read more
Katie Hughes-Jones
Katie Hughes-Jones
11:23 18 Sep 19
We had a great experience with Todd at Lennons. He did everything he could to move things along as quickly and as... efficiently as possible as well as always been available for advice.read more
Dan Farrell
Dan Farrell
21:16 16 Sep 19
Efficient, diligent and understanding service from Todd and the team. We really appreciated the advice and accurate... conveyancing service.read more
Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson
14:03 05 Aug 19
Ros Nolan was a pleasure to work with on the purchase of our new home. Her expertise and knowledge helped in... maintaining an easy, smooth process. I'd highly recommend Ros' services to any other first time buyers.read more
Heidi Scully
Heidi Scully
18:49 26 Jul 19
I had never sold a house before and didn't know quite what to expect. Roz or Diane were always quick to answer the... phone or emails. The whole process ran smoothly and I was always kept informed along the way how things were going. Thank you very much !read more
Kieran Byrne
Kieran Byrne
14:29 28 Jun 19
I had the pleasure of dealing with Rezaul from Lennons in a couple of recent transactions, both residential and... commercial. I found him to be extremely professional and knowledgeable. He was also tenacious in protecting my interests. Altogether my experience of using Lennons was excellent, I will use them again and recommend them to friends.read more
Alison Chauhan
Alison Chauhan
11:32 25 Jun 19
Lennons Solicitors were highly recommended by 2 lots of friends and Lennons lived up to our expectations when selling a... house in York via probate and some very technical aspects linked to Land Registry - we live in Bucks - and the whole process was very efficient and economic under Ros Nolan who proved to be a very safe pair of hands. We were fully kept in the picture throughout the process with an outcome we were looking for. We will appoint Lennons for legal services in the future and would recommend Lennons to others as well. Alison an Bal Chauhanread more
Sarah Quane
Sarah Quane
11:54 19 Jun 19
We were recommended to use the services of Ros Nolan when selling our house in Chesham. Really grateful that we took... the advice as compared to some of the solictors in the chain, Ros was always readily available to speak to us, replied to emails promptly and gave us really good advice throughout the process. So much so, we have instructed her to act for a purchase on our sons behalf and again, Ros is readily available and gives our son, as a first time buyer, lots of time and reassures him whenever he has a question or query. Top marks for communication which when both buying and selling, is imperative. Highly Recommendread more
Chris Barrett
Chris Barrett
15:31 17 Jun 19
Rezaul dealt with the conveyancing of our residential property. As first time buyers, we were kept informed throughout... the process and exchange and completion were almost seamless. Many thanks for a smooth process, highly recommended.read more
Valerie Gollar
Valerie Gollar
15:53 05 Jun 19
Details of this firm appeared on line when I was researching a Land Registry form. After using their chat line I... received a call back from Mike Wragg and was given the information I required, and which I had been unable to access from the Land Registry site. Excellent advice and would definitely recommend.read more
Early New Business
Early New Business
09:41 22 May 19
Rezaul Haque did a great job for my family, purchasing the Freehold of their property. Rezaul acted in an efficient,... timely fashion, with a very professional manner at all stages of the transactionread more
Dick Tillett
Dick Tillett
14:24 25 Apr 19
Rezaul Haque has been a great help in what has been a difficult time. He has been very quick at returning phone calls... and emails. He handled my commercial property lease efficiently. I would not hesitate to work with him again and I would happily recommend Lennons.read more
Giles Leather
Giles Leather
11:44 15 Apr 19
Rezaul Haque was extremely professional and worked relentlessly to ensure a good result for all concerned. Thank you.
Victor Surana
Victor Surana
20:36 14 Mar 19
Professional service by first class solicitors. Ros Nolan did a fabulous job on sealing the deal for our first... property. She is a thorough professional who exceeded our expectations. It was a very assuring experience as Ros always kept us updated on the progress and proactively completed the paperwork well within the timelines. Overall, thanks to Ros, our expectations were exceeded. Will not hesitate to recommend her for all your legal works.read more
Rich Perfumerie
Rich Perfumerie
13:11 27 Feb 19
Rezaul did a fantastic job with our commercial lease. Wouldn’t hesitate to use him and Lennons again Highly... recommendedread more
Innervision 1
Innervision 1
10:29 11 Feb 19
Rezaul Haque from Lennons dealt with the lease on our new office. He was efficient, thorough and most professional... despite some trying circumstances. He made my job that much easier. Thank you.read more
Matt Crisp
Matt Crisp
17:21 29 Jan 19
Rezaul did a fantastic job on our corporate share holders agreements, great guy, great work, Many Thanks!
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