Trainee Solicitor | Shoosmiths
- First generation university
- First generation lawyer
- Non-Russell Group university
Coming out of university and looking for my first job within a law firm was a daunting proposition. However, my local firm Shoosmiths LLP was always going to be at the top of my list.
After managing to get my foot in the door as a paralegal in the Asset Finance department, I got to experience working for some of the firm’s biggest clients, having a lot of responsibility and contact with the client, their customers and the court.
Outside of my role, I have participated in some incredibly rewarding and enjoyable events ranging from being the chairperson of the Northampton office’s charity committee, paddling a dragon boat down the River Nene, to running out on the pitches at Twickenham for a charity touch rugby tournament.
The skills developed as a paralegal, together with those gained whilst on secondment with an Asset Finance client, where integral to my progression within the firm and ultimately leading to me obtaining a training contract. I applied through the firm’s internal application route, which involved a number of stages, but all culminates with an intense but surprisingly enjoyable assessment day.
My first seat as a trainee has seen me out on secondment with a large commercial client, where I work on a broad range of areas, including contract drafting, advertising and marketing, data protection and litigation.
I would be happy to share my experience and impart any advice I can to help anyone in navigating the process, especially with advancing from paralegal to trainee solicitor.