Why did you apply for a training contract with Actons?
I was drawn to Actons by the equine team, which is part of the Dispute Resolution department. It is a niche area and Actons have a great reputation for the work they undertake in that field. I have always had a passion for horses so I was extremely excited by the prospect of working in an area I love.
What path did you take to become a trainee?
I completed my Law degree at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating, I was offered a position as a paralegal at an Employment Consultancy. I worked full time whilst studying the LLM/LPC part-time which was really tough but it enabled me to gain valuable experience alongside studying. When I learnt about Actons, I applied straight away for a paralegal position and I was offered a job in the Dispute Resolution department. A year later I was offered a training contract which commenced as soon as I finished the LPC.
Describe your experience as a trainee at Actons?
The majority of my training contract was spent in the Dispute Resolution department, primarily focusing on equine and property litigation. I was fortunate enough to experience various cases in the small claims, fast track and multi-track as well as the Upper Tier Tribunal (Lands Chamber). I also carried out a seat in the private client team.
I am a member of the Actons’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee and have an active role in organising both social and charitable events for the firm to take part in. Actons supported my role as Membership Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division which enabled me to build relationships with like-minded trainees.
What advice can you offer applicants for training contracts at Actons?
I found that having work experience on my application was invaluable when applying for training contracts. Not only does it look good to have had experience in law firms, but it also helps narrow down the kind of firm you want to work for, as well as the area of law you might want to qualify into.