I was offered a Training Contract at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP following a successful application and placement week. I chose Womble Bond Dickinson because I wanted to be part of a corporate law firm. I knew I wanted to help all types of people and businesses no matter how big or small. I enjoy the idea of seeing a client grow and helping them throughout their legal journey. This is why I am interested in helping both large international clients and smaller more regional clients. Womble Bond Dickinson struck me as one of the best options as it is the "transatlantic firm close to home".
For my first seat, I joined Bristol's Commercial Dispute & Regulatory team where I learn and support my team in any way I can. The team deals with all kinds of disputes which may arise between people and/or businesses. It also helps with a number of issues which include health and safety, product compliance, marketing etc. My role includes identifying risks for people and businesses, drafting legal documents such as witness statements, writing correspondence to the opponent, court or client and conducting research. As part of my role, I also support my firm by writing articles on interesting legal developments.
What I enjoy the most about my role is the proximity I have with clients and the variety of cases I support my team with. It is through these regular contacts with clients that I learn how best to support their goals and businesses. Although I have been working from home, my team has been very good at giving me opportunities to meet clients. Furthermore, the variety of work makes every day different and exciting. One day, I might help a big international business with a turnover of more than £1 billion fend off legal action following a devastating cyber-attack. The next, I might help a local start-up launch an innovative product on the market during the pandemic.
One of my favourite moments so far has been the time when I was able to save our clients £10,000 by drafting a simple legal document. The document had to be filed as a matter of urgency. I only had a couple of hours to complete and file the document and although I was very new to my role, I was able to complete it just in time! I enjoyed the thrill and challenge as well as knowing my work directly impacts our clients.
One of the perks of being a trainee solicitor is that I am sometimes given very interesting tasks. For example, I once had to go incognito and take pictures at one of our clients' stores. I had to make sure not to arouse suspicion while I photographed all kinds of marketing signs and posters. This was crucial for our team to write a report on our client's compliance.
I have received a lot of training and support since I started. For instance, one of my favourite training sessions has been Advocacy where I learned to make various court applications. I enjoyed this part of the Professional Skills Course because I had to find the best ways to represent and defend my clients' interests. Everyone in my team also supports my learning and development. Regularly, my supervisor and a partner help me learn valuable things depending my work.
I like working for Womble Bond Dickinson and particularly my Commercial Dispute & Regulatory team because the solicitors are friendly, supportive and experts in their fields. I am able to learn a lot thanks to them and they have given me a lot of responsibilities and opportunities.