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Meet the Trainee - James Regan

What were you doing before you joined the firm?
I have taken a slightly unusual route than some. I graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a Law degree but was not certain at that time whether I wanted to pursue a career in law. I worked at Nationwide Building Society for two and a half years before joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where I split my time between working in Bristol and presenting cases for police-led prosecutions at Bath and North Somerset Magistrates Courts. I secured a training contract with Ashfords in 2015 before commencing the LPC full-time at The University of Law in Bristol. I started my training contract in September 2017.

Why Ashfords?
Working for a top 100 law firm with a big focus in the South West were key factors. The fact that firm is ambitious, has grown significantly in recent years and the positive reviews from staff made it stand out for me.

What areas of law have you worked in so far?
My first seat was in the Family department where I assisted the team primarily with divorce and financial matters arising from relationship breakdown.
My second seat was in the Real Estate department assisting the team on a variety of transactions, with a particular focus on landlord and tenant matters.
I have just started my third seat in the Employment department dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters, along with assisting the team in providing immigration advice to individuals and companies.

Most interesting case you have worked on?
Having recently started my employment seat, I am working on a case where the employer is considering terminating an employee's contract for bullying and other insubordinate behaviour. Reviewing how the employer has dealt with the employee so far and assisting the team with providing practical advice (and the implications of this) is proving particularly interesting.

What has been your biggest challenge at Ashfords?
Changing seats every 6 months is always challenging. However, I would say my biggest challenge has been starting the training contract with a 3 month old child. You never really appreciate a good night's sleep until it is no longer an option!

What is your favourite thing about working at Ashfords?
A similar theme to some of the other trainee solicitors - it has to be the people. Friendly, approachable and supportive.

What is your aspiration?
My short term aspiration is to qualify as a solicitor with Ashfords. The long term aspiration is to develop a specialism and progress up the career ladder as far as possible. Then retire to The Caribbean!