- 25th Nov 2021
Article written by Grace Kay
When people tell you time flies you never really believe it, but here I am almost three months into my Training Contract, and I must admit they are right.
I finished my LPC LLM in 2020, the height of Covid19 and as a recent graduate this was an incredibly challenging period to make a break into my legal career. I knew I wanted to do something to help with the pandemic and so for 7 months I worked in the Emergency Department of my local hospital. Whilst this was completely out of my comfort zone it gave me life experiences and skills that I know have aided in both my legal career and growing as a person.
If I could give any piece of advice to students or aspiring solicitors in my previous shoes it would be to throw yourself into anything you can. Do not worry if what you are currently doing or going to be doing next is not legal related and is not where you want to end up. Instead look at the skills it can give you and tailor these in your applications.
I was fortunate enough to be offered a Training Contract at Whitehead Monckton starting in September 2021 and I can confidently say I know I am at the right firm. I have felt welcomed from my first day at WM and am building relationships with colleagues every day. Everyone is happy to help and easy to speak to which as a trainee is something I am extremely grateful of as it can be a daunting environment to go into.
I am almost halfway through my first seat in the Dispute Resolution department. After studying Dispute Resolution and Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC I was not sure how I was going to find it, however I am loving it. Every day is different, and I am constantly learning as no case is the same. I have been responsible for all the new enquiries within the department which I think is great to get involved with as a trainee as you get a vast amount of client interaction. I have also been involved in several trials, hearings and trips to Court in London which is incredibly exciting.
My weeks are split between the Canterbury and Maidstone office under the supervision of David Riordan. Everyone in the DR team is supportive and happy to get me involved in whatever they are working on, whether that be by attending meetings, drafting documents, or speaking to clients. This involved approach has been an invaluable way to learn as I am developing skills throughout, being able to see how advice changes depending on the scenario.
Considering the lack of socialising this past year has brought, I am happy to say that social events are slowly but surely making a comeback. I have been to the East Kent Ploughing Match and am attending a Women in Law event coming up next month. With Christmas approaching the work Christmas party is something I am also looking forward to, and all that the New Year will bring.
For anyone who is in the midst of applying for Training Contracts or due to start one, be open minded and enjoy it. Time really does fly by!