Emma Clayton: During my seat in the Construction department, I was involved in a dispute worth over £10 million surrounding a defective building design and subsequent works. I attended several client meetings and managed a team of Paralegals during the disclosure stage of the claim. I learned a great deal from being involved in this matter and, as it is still ongoing, I am extremely interested to hear the outcome of the trial!
Ashley Davies: The full-service nature of Ashfords means the firm can offer trainees a truly varied and diverse training contract. Trainees are given the chance to get stuck into real matters from day one, which really aids development".
Stephen Sadler: So far I have assisted with a variety of interesting cases: from the refinancing of a business park, to a multi-million pound construction dispute against one of the largest architects firms in the world, to helping with complex tax and estate planning for various individuals. Personally, I have found that the breadth of seats that are available at Ashfords and the experiences those seats provide have been of real benefit during my training, and the levels of responsibility I have been given throughout have allowed me to learn a great deal.
Oliva Cassells: During my seat in the construction department I assisted on two matters which were to be heard in the TCC, both multi-million pound disputes. As they were in different stages I have had exposure to a variety of aspects of the litigation process including witness statements, expert reports and trial preparation. I have had a great level of client contact throughout the first year of my training contract on bot contentious and non-contentious matters.
Louisa Rogers: Throughout my seat in the employment department, I had great exposure to clients and worked on a real variety of matters, from High Court breach of contract claims to Employment Tribunal cases and general non-contentious matters. I assisted the fee earners by running several matters myself which gave me a great overview of the process and a real taster of qualified life! In particular, I assisted with an employment tribunal claim from start to finish and had the opportunity to attend the Tribunal hearing in Cardiff with the barrister. Our client was successful so it was a great relief for them and a fantastic experience for me too.
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