Welcome to the Ashfords Trainee blog - here a group of eager and budding Trainee Solicitors will be discussing various topics surrounding starting off your career as a Trainee Solicitor and key hints and tips that we have learnt along the way. 

Welcome to the Ashfords Trainee blog

Welcome to the Ashfords Trainee blog - here a group of eager and budding Trainee Solicitors will be discussing various topics surrounding starting off your career as a Trainee Solicitor and key hints and tips that we have learnt along the way.

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Meet the Trainee - Nadia Avraham

Read about our Trainee Nadia Avraham - who talks through what life is like as a Trainee at Ashfords.

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Trainee Challenge - 2016

In September 2016, the Trainees were challenged by the Charity Committee to raise money for Parkinson's UK. Since September we have conducted 16 events and have so far raised £3,658.24 for Parkinson's UK!.

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Life as an Exeter Trainee

The first seat of my training contract based in Exeter has provided a useful insight into working in Ashfords' largest office. With over 300 people it's a little daunting at first to try and recognise colleagues on the same floor as you let alone everyone's name, but it doesn't take long to settle in and feel like an integral part of the team.

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What to consider when seat rotation takes place

It's a phrase that can send a shiver down any Trainee Solicitor's spine: 'Seat Rotation'. Groups of Trainees are congregating in hallways, desperately trying to second guess the final seat move schedule and, having just settled into your current department, you're left wondering "how has it been six months already?!".

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Meet the Trainee - Stephen Sadler

A post from the Trainee Blog - Stephen Sadler, answers questions on starting his career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Commercial awareness

Commercial awareness is one of the buzz terms that is always thrown out there as an attribute potential trainees need to demonstrate. In this post Olivia provides a few tips as to how to manage this.

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Meet the Trainee - Stephanie O'Hare 

Read about our Trainee Stephanie O'Hare - who talks through what life is like as a Trainee at Ashfords.

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Networking at events - top tips 

'Networking' is a word that often strikes fear into most trainee solicitors. Entering a room full of strangers to engage in forced conversation is hardly something most people get excited about! However, as a trainee (and throughout your career as a qualified lawyer) you will be required to attend your fair share of networking events in order to drum up business for your firm.

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Halfway through - what have I learnt so far

Looking back over my first six months as a trainee, I realise how much I have learnt in such a short space of time. Surprisingly, some of the most important things I have learnt about life as a trainee are things that have nothing to do with the law.

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Work study life balance

When I started at Ashfords, my first thought was 'am I always going to be doing all-nighters?!'. This was primarily based on the series of horror stories I had heard through the grapevine. Fortunately the answer was no. Although I would have struggled if I was workshy. It turns out, late nights are not a regular occurrence, but they do occur.

Thinking about this topic, it's worth asking yourself a few questions…

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