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Rob Northall – previous trainee solicitor

Robert Northall

Robert Northall 

Started a training contract at Actons in 2013. Qualified as a solicitor in 2015.

What path did you take to become a trainee?

After a History and Ancient History degree, I completed the GDL and then LPC. Before joining Actons I worked at Network Rail where I gained some excellent experience and highly transferable skills including negotiation and client advice/client contact experience.

Describe your experience as a trainee at Actons

Fun and varied. I experienced four seats – Personal Injury, Employment, Property and Corporate and Commercial – the latter of which I qualified into. Each department was a distinct area of law which made the work really interesting. I also found it helped me identify more easily the area of law I wanted to qualify into. I greatly enjoyed my time in all my seats and found it was also a great way to get to know everyone and make friends around the firm.

How has the training at Actons helped with the progression of your career?

At Actons I have been able to work closely with directors and associates which has meant that I have gained invaluable insight and exposure to varied work and clients which you might not experience at larger firms. At the same time I have received support to pursue and develop skills and interests outside of work, such as running the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Society and taking part in sporting events for charities and with other local professionals and clients.

What advice would you offer future applicants?

Get wider experience beyond formal education – everyone has the A Levels and a degree but what makes you different from the next applicant?

If you’re interested in starting your legal career with Actons, click here to find out more about our graduate recruitment process.

Posted on August 23, 2016

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