What were you doing before you joined the firm?
I was a paralegal with Ashfords prior to starting my training contract with the firm in September 2017. I had previously worked as a sub-editor for a luxury format publishing house.
Having already worked for the firm as a paralegal I knew that Ashfords was a good fit. The firm not only has a friendly and supportive environment but it also offers a broad range of practice areas to pick seats from. This meant I would have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of matters throughout my training contract. The firm also has a real commitment to CSR and encourages people from all levels to get involved and join in.
What areas of law have you worked in so far?
My first seat was in the Restructuring and Insolvency department where I assisted the team with a number of contentious and non-contentious matters for both individuals and corporate bodies. I worked on a number of cases as well as helping to advise on formal insolvency regimes, including administration, liquidation and bankruptcy.
My second seat was in the Commercial Property department where I assisted the team with a wide variety of real estate transactions, including leasehold matters, investment and management work, financing transactions, acquisitions and disposals.
I am currently in my third seat in the Corporate department and have moved to our Bristol office to complete this seat. I am currently working on a few acquisitions as well as a number of venture capital and private equity investments. It has been a great opportunity to work in another office and to get to know people across the firm.
Most interesting matter you have worked on?
Since starting my training contract I have been lucky enough to work on lots of interesting matters! The most interesting matter I worked on in during my time in the Restructuring and Insolvency department involved a case that went all the way to the Court of Appeal. Whilst in my Commercial Property seat I worked on a sale and leaseback matter for a property in Piccadilly Circus. The most interesting matter I have worked on so far in my Corporate seat has been on an investment into a real estate technology company.
What has been your biggest challenge at Ashfords?
I am sure every trainee will agree but one of the biggest challenges of the training contract is rotating seats every six months. It is always a bit daunting starting a new seat in an area of law that you are unfamiliar with but every team I have moved to has been very welcoming and supportive. I would also say that your training contract goes past much quicker than you would imagine so it is important to make the most of each seat!
What is your favourite thing about working at Ashfords?
It has to be the people, again another popular response from past and present trainees alike! My trainee intake in particular has been great, we always enjoy catching up when we have PSC days out of the office!
What is your aspiration?
In the short term I hope to complete my training contract smoothly and obtain a NQ position in an area of law that interests me the most!