We had the pleasure of speaking with Trainee Solicitors Georgia Bedgood, Kelly Shaw and Matthew Stevens, who provided valuable insights into training at Robertsons Solicitors.
How would you describe the emotions and sense of accomplishment as you approach the final stages of qualification after years of dedicated study and on-the-job training?
Georgia: With exams recently completed, it has been an incredibly busy period. Despite everything going on, it feels amazing to get to this point after years of focused studying. Becoming a solicitor takes a lot of hard work and determination, even if not everyone realises the effort that goes into it.
Kelly: The realisation of qualifying as a solicitor has quietly snuck up on me. My daily routine revolves around providing support to our clients and doing everything I can to help with the issues they are facing. Without a doubt, I’ll be celebrating when everything becomes official.
Matthew: Becoming a solicitor is highly competitive, which makes me all the more grateful as I approach the finishing line of my training contract at Robertsons Solicitors. I am grateful for the support I have received from those who have been with me every step of the way.
What advice do you have for aspiring Trainee Solicitors who are about to begin their training contract?
Georgia: Take the time to extensively research the firm to ensure it is a good match for you. It is important to maximise your learning and development opportunities during the training period.
Kelly: Embrace every opportunity for learning and growth during your training contract. Seek mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals in the field and finally don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Matthew: For me, it is important you stay organised and manage your time effectively to handle the workload. Seek feedback and actively work on improving your skills and knowledge but don’t forget to enjoy it.
What challenges did you face during your training and how did you overcome them?
Georgia: Working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines were challenges I faced. I overcame them by staying organised, breaking tasks into manageable steps and seeking support when needed.
Kelly: Adapting to the fast-paced and dynamic nature of the legal profession was a challenge during my training. I embraced it by staying updated with legal developments, being open to learning from every experience and seeking guidance from senior colleagues.
Matthew: Completing my LPC during a pandemic presented its challenges. The shift to remote learning introduced additional obstacles but I adapted and embraced the unique study experience during this period.
Can you share any valuable lessons or insights you’ve gained from working with more experienced solicitors?
Georgia: Collaborating with experienced solicitors has shown me the value of effective communication and its impact on successful case outcomes. At Robertsons Solicitors, I am fully integrated into the team and have the opportunity to be involved in essential legal work that may not have been available to me at a more traditional firm.
Kelly: Working alongside experienced solicitors has shown me the value of effective client communication and building long-term relationships. It is truly eye-opening to witness the level of commitment and effort that goes into resolving the issues our clients are dealing with.
Matthew: Interacting with experienced solicitors has given me insights into the significance of managing client expectations and providing clear legal advice.