Why did you apply for a training contract with Actons?
On my search for a Training Contract, Actons stood out to me with their fantastic reputation in Nottingham as an independent firm. I quickly became aware that the firm was growing through new recruitment of trainees and internal promotions. This was encouraging and motivated me to apply to a firm that provides opportunities for their staff to progress within the firm. The firm also specialised in a diverse range of areas that I was interested in gaining more exposure to and I decided that this was the change that I wanted.
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 working in a niche area of Property law. I worked full time whilst studying the LPC part-time, this was difficult however it allowed me to gain hands-on experience whilst studying.
When I learned about Actons, I applied for their 2020 Training Contract and was successful. As my Training Contract was not due to commence for another two years I decided to move to Actons as a Paralegal in their Property team. Just under a year and a half later I was offered a Training Contract to commence in November 2019 rather than September 2020.
Describe your experience as a trainee at Actons?
So far I have spent my time as a Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor within the Property team, which I am really enjoying. Working directly with experienced and specialised property lawyers I have had the opportunity to get involved in a variety of transactions both in residential and commercial property.
Due to my previous property experience, I have been involved in a higher level of interesting work. I am beginning to run my own files under supervision, draft complex documents and attend client meetings. My progress is regularly reviewed and I am set tasks to build on my skills and develop my knowledge. I am constantly being challenged and learning new things, which makes each day very different.
I have recently joined the firm’s CSR committee and will be involved in organising events to raise money for several charities.
What advice can you offer applicants for training contracts at Actons?
Competition to secure a Training Contract is difficult and it takes a lot of perseverance until you have finally bagged yourself one.
What worked for me was ensuring that I gained and also made the most of my experience. Working hard towards achieving good grades is great, but nothing is more valuable than having hands-on experience and creating a foundation of skills that you can build upon when you kick start your legal career. Whether that be a vacation scheme, work experience for a week or volunteering. Your experience is also something you can draw upon in your application and expand on in your interview when discussing what makes you the ideal candidate.