I got the job at Freeths after applying to the Legal Assistant Foundation Programme. Freeths caught my eye having received a lot of plaudits for this programme, and for being a top firm to work for in general from institutions such as The Times. It also meant starting with a six-month contract, which worked well for me as it gave me the opportunity to see if this is what I really wanted, as it’s all well and good saying you want to be a lawyer but you don’t really know what the reality of it will be like until you actually live that life. The scheme is also very clear and well set-out, so you know where you stand with regard to your future and training contract and at what point these decisions will be made, which gives you a feeling of security. Support from HR and others is also very, very good.
It has been a bit challenging for me, as you may have noticed from the above profile I don’t actually have a law degree yet – I start studying my GDL part-time this month. It’s worth noting that Freeths is paying for that and my LPC. All of this meant I had to pick up a lot of jargon and background knowledge very quickly, and learn the correct spelling of ‘judgment’. There was no real secret to overcoming this; part of it was time, and the other part of it was doing thirty minutes of reading at the end of each working day! In my roles so far I’ve had a real variety of work, and I have done quite a lot of talks, presentations and case law updates to teams myself, which I’ve personally enjoyed a great deal.
The firm is also really good for extra-curricular activities. As well as picking up the tab for our 7 a-side football pitch bookings for our fortnightly inter-firm kickabouts, Freeths is considering sending myself and two others to Qatar for the 2019 World Corporate Games after we won the UK Team Squash event here in Stoke this year. That weekend in Stoke at the UK Corporate Games was also a big highlight from my time at Freeths.