Why did I apply for a training contract with Actons?
I started as a paralegal at the firm and this allowed me to experience first-hand the firm’s ethos, work, clients and culture. A small intake of trainees meant that I knew I would be given hands-on experience and not get lost in the crowd. I applied to the firm as a paralegal, based on their reputation. Despite being a small firm, they still practised in several areas of law which interested me. Working as a paralegal reinforced my decision to pursue my legal career at Actons.
What path did I take to become a trainee?
Upon completing my Law degree I opted to take 2 years out of education to undertake full-time employment as an Account Manager for a telecommunications company. I then undertook my LPC with an MA in Business at BPP Law School. I returned to full-time employment but this time as a Business Consultant; gaining a lot of corporate experience. Utilising the experience I gained, I decided to apply as a paralegal at Actons in the Property team and within a few months applied for and obtained a training contract – that’s the story so far.
Describe your experience as a Trainee at Actons?
My first seat as a trainee in the Personal Injury team. The work provided really challenges you to think outside the box, stick to deadlines, enhance the skills you have and develop new skills. Within this department, you get great exposure to clients and can get involved in the process to ensure a settlement for the client.
I am also a member of our CSR committee, allowing me to help arrange and participate in events for various charities.
What advice can you offer for a training contract at Actons?
Do not limit yourself to the standard base requirement of grades. Expose yourself to different experiences and skills that can benefit your career in law. Law is more than just a good academic background. The most important thing to remember is research the firm you’re applying to, and make sure you fit with the firm’s ethos and goals.
The search for a training contract can be very brutal but do not let it dishearten you, perseverance is key!