What were you doing before you joined the firm?
Before I joined Ashfords, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel across Canada for a few months. After travelling, I worked as a paralegal in a firm based in South Wales, specialising in Personal Injury. I started my training contract with Ashfords in September 2016.
I studied at the University of Exeter, loved what the South West offered and knew that I wanted to stay in the South West. Ashfords offered everything that I was looking for - an ambitious full-service national firm who offer a broad range of seats. Ashfords also had the added bonus of having their head office in Exeter. I undertook a vacation scheme with the firm in 2014 and was impressed by the friendly environment, this proved to me that that I definitely wanted to work here.
What areas of law have you worked in so far?
I undertook my first seat in Commercial Property, this mainly involved drafting reports on title and leasehold drafting. My second seat was in the Professional and Financial Risks team where I assisted in various regulatory matters ranging from acting for an individual to re-instate their practising certificate following a suspension, to providing regulatory guidance to a firm that has been intervened by the SRA. I am currently working in the Employment department where I work on contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from discrimination claims, drafting employment contracts to assisting the team with Immigration matters.
Most interesting case you have worked on?
That's a difficult question as I have worked on a number of interesting cases. In particular, I have worked with an employer to respond to a race discrimination and unfair dismissal claim and have provided advice to an employer on how to deal with an employee who had sexually harassed a colleague.
What has been your biggest challenge at Ashfords?
As most of the trainees have already said, moving seats every six months can be a challenge. You get familiar with the area of law and the way that your current team works and suddenly it's time to move, usually to a new area of law that you have never worked on. In addition to learning a new area of law, you have to adapt to different working styles. However daunting it may seem, I have found that you quickly find your feet as each team has been very welcoming and supportive - you learn quickly given the responsibility afforded to you.
What is your favourite thing about working at Ashfords?
It has to be the people and culture of the firm, having worked in three different practice area's since joining the firm, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
What is your aspiration?
In the short term, to secure an NQ role within the firm in my preferred department.