Meet the Trainee - Kyla Payne

What were you doing before you joined the firm?

I graduated from Queen's University in Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology. I craved an adventure so decided to come to the UK to study law; and also to travel during my degree. I chose Exeter University for its good reputation and beautiful green campus. After I graduated I secured a job at Ashfords as a paralegal in the Exeter office. I obtained my training contract in 2015 and started in September 2016.

Why Ashfords?

Ashfords is an ideal law firm to work at for those looking for the excitement of a big city firm with small town, friendly vibes. It's an exciting time to be a part of the firm as it is constantly growing and changing.

What areas of law have you worked in so far?

I started as a paralegal in Asset Recovery (Civil Litigation) and Property Litigation, focusing mainly on secured and unsecured debt claims. Whilst studying the LPC, I stayed on part-time in Ashfords' Compliance department as well.

My first seat as a trainee was in Intellectual Property and I am now doing my second seat in Commercial Property. It's fair to say I have seen a broad spectrum of legal work so far.

Most interesting case you have worked on?

I have seen a lot interesting cases with the variety of work I have done. Working on small and large debt claims definitely opened my eyes to some elusive characters who tried almost anything to avoid paying their debts. One that sticks out in particular was trying to claim a relatively small debt from the owner of a multimillion pound estate with several luxury cars and a helicopter pad who turned out to be in great financial difficulty. The type of work I did has definitely made me debt adverse!

What has been your biggest challenge at Ashfords?

Having been in a number of different departments it can be difficult starting over in a new area of law and rebuilding your confidence and knowledge each time. I can't say that I see it as a negative as it means I am constantly learning and being challenged.

What is your favourite thing about working at Ashfords?

The common love of cakes.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I was born without any wisdom teeth.

What is your aspiration?

I don’t think I have one overarching aspiration; I would like to continue to develop my legal career and expand my knowledge whilst also taking the opportunity to visit new places around the world.

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