This week it’s the turn of our trainee solicitor Alice Wilkinson to tell us a bit about herself…
What made you want to become a solicitor?
I always wanted a job where I would be able to help people. I thought about being a doctor or a nurse but I preferred English rather than Science at school, so the next logical choice was for me to study Law at university. I had never studied Law at school so it felt like a new and exciting challenge!
In my final year at university, I took part in the Legal Advice Clinic where I interviewed clients and then produced a follow up letter of advice – just like solicitors do when they first meet a new client. I enjoyed meeting clients and feeling like I was making a difference by helping to resolve their problems. I had always thought that I wanted to be a solicitor but this role confirmed it to me.
Describe a typical day at work
Every day can be different but I I normally start by checking my post and emails. I like to make a list so I can plan my day and then I know what needs doing.
As a trainee solicitor I have some of my own files but I also assist the fee earners with different tasks including drafting letters and applications, doing legal research and reviewing documents received. I also observe client meetings or I may go down to Court with one of the fee earners or a barrister to take notes. My days can be very varied!
What do you love about your job?
I love that every day is different. I am constantly learning a new skill and being challenged. There is such a variety in the work that I do and no two days are the same. I never know what is going to happen that day when I walk through the door which is very exciting!
What is your proudest moment as a trainee solicitor?
I know it is a cliché and every trainee will say it, but my proudest moment was when I was offered my training contact with the firm. It was such a great feeling to know that all my hard work during the four years at university had been worth it! I am now looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor next year.
Finally, what do you enjoy doing away from work
I wish I could say that I have an exciting hobby like skydiving or something but I’m scared of heights!
Instead, I always look forward to having a free weekend where I can get the train back to my parents’ house and see my family and friends. I always enjoy going out for a meal or drinks with my friends to have a good catch up. There’s also nothing better than being treated to Sunday lunch before you come back home to start the working week again!