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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Social Media - Benefits and Best Practice

Social media is a term that is continually thrown around and more often than not is something that as a Trainee you will be expected and encouraged to use. Using social media platforms is a fantastic way to promote the work that your firm undertakes, advertise the CSR work, circulate any publications, and to network.

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A day in the life of a Trainee in the London office

Having made my to-do list and spoken to my supervising Partner about any files requiring urgent action, I head to the weekly fee earners meeting.

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Meet the Trainee - Ella Nyakuedzwa-Smith

A post from the Trainee Blog - Ella Nyakuedzwa-Smith, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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About Marketing and BD - what I've learnt

Assisting with Marketing and Business Development is something that most trainee solicitors will be exposed to at least once across their training contract. It comes in many different forms, from networking, to helping at corporate events or delivering training sessions.

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Meet the Trainee - Hannah McGown

A post from the Trainee Blog - Hannah McGown, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Life of a Bristol Trainee

 I first came to Bristol 8 years ago to complete my law degree, then came the LPC, which was followed by 3 years as a paralegal before finally joining Ashfords as a Trainee. Bristol has come to be home to me and in particular the Bristol office which goes from strength to strength.

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Meet the Trainee - Olivia Cassells

A post from the Trainee Blog - Olivia Cassells, answering questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords

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Life as a Plymouth Trainee

Ashfords is made up of of six offices covering London and the south west. For the first seat of my training contract I was based in the Plymouth office, the final link in the Ashfords chain. 

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Meet the Trainee - Kyla Payne

A post from the Trainee Blog - Kyla Payne, answering questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Meet the Trainee - Melissa King

A post from the Trainee Blog - Melissa King, answering questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Stress Buster

Top tips for exam preparation. It's that time again. Exam time. Just the thought of an approaching exam can trigger a swooping sensation in the stomach and a chill to the spine

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Meet the Trainee - Bronwen Jones

A post from the Trainee Blog - Bronwen Jones, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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How to prepare for your training contract

The trainee intake at Ashfords is varied. Some trainees have previously worked at Ashfords as paralegals, some have worked elsewhere as paralegals or in non-legal roles and others have gone straight from university and the LPC into their training contract. 

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Meet the Trainee - Sara Williams

A post from the Trainee Blog - Sara Williams, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Trainee Blog: Getting involved in Events

One of the advantages of being a trainee at Ashfords is that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of events and activities available.

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Meet the Trainee - Rachel Maddocks

A post from the Trainee Blog - Rachel Maddocks, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Life as a Tiverton Trainee

I arrive at The Hartnoll Hotel for the Ashfords Tiverton Breakfast Club. It's a glorious morning and I start my day drinking coffee in the gardens with a number of other local professionals. 

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National law firm Ashfords welcomes new Solicitors and Trainees for 2017

The new Trainee Solicitors joining the firm are; Hannah Pettit, Layla Ahmadi, Adam Woodhouse, Iona Jones, Izzy Tilley, Sophie Tucker, Samuel Preater, James Regan, Isobel Massey and Emily Bowden.

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How to prepare for becoming a Newly Qualified (NQ) Solicitor

Broadly, I have tried to improve on the skills that the training contract equips you with, and have been trying to develop my commercial awareness and networking abilities, which are useful skills to bring in work.

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Trainee Tips for New Trainees

Over the last 12 months of my training contract I have completed seats in Employment and Property Litigation, both of which were diverse, challenging and exciting.

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Meet the Trainee - Katie Brimblecombe

A post from the Trainee Blog - Katie Brimblecombe, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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All about law fairs

It's best to think of a law fair as a great place for you to network as a student. Even if you are in your first year of university it's still worth attending, you may find a firm that you are really interested in or even secure some work experience.

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Meet the trainee - Mathilda Traill

A post from the Trainee Blog - Mathilda Traill, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Meet the Trainee - Lorna Clark

A post from the Trainee Blog - Lorna Clark, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

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Making the Most of Seat Rotation - How to Choose your Seat

The most important thing to remember is that there really is no right or wrong choice! However, as simple as this is to type, I know from experience that it really isn't the mantra that trainees enter into seat negotiations with. 

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