Alice Watkins, has recently completed her training contract with Morrisons Solicitors and gives a detailed overview of her experience as a trainee solicitor with Morrisons. You can find out more about our training contracts and apply here.
How did you find your training contract?
Morrisons have a detailed training syllabus for each particular department for trainees to follow and this helps both you and your supervisor see what you need to cover during your seat.
You work closely with your supervisor, who may be a partner or even the head of a department. Throughout my training contract I found there to be a great balance in terms of supervision and independent working.
As a trainee solicitor, you are supervised but you are also encouraged to work independently and develop your own skills and knowledge. Something that was really helpful for me during my training contract was guidance as to which seats to pick to complement the area of law I thought I would like to qualify into.
Why did you apply to be a trainee at Morrisons Solicitors?
I worked at Morrisons prior to starting my training contract. I really enjoyed working at the firm and could see myself hopefully working here for a long time, so I knew I wanted to do my training with Morrisons. Morrisons offer a wide variety of seats during a training contract, so you can experience different areas of the law. Many departments also have some quite niche specialties which you can also experience as a trainee.
There is a really friendly and supportive culture at Morrisons and I knew that I wanted to undertake my training at a firm with that ethos. As a trainee you are encouraged to give things a go and try and work things out, but equally you know that your supervisor and other members of the team will be happy to help with explaining something to you or to offer some guidance.
What seats did you complete as a trainee solicitor?
During my training contract, I have undertaken seats in Private Client and Residential Conveyancing departments and I am currently in my last seat in Dispute Resolution. In each of my seats I have been made to feel like part of the team and have quickly become involved with work and the wider team life.
During my seat in Private Client, I was able to gain experience in various areas of practice such as estate administration, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, such as making deputyship applications and assisting with the management of property and financial affairs.
As part of my seat in Residential Conveyancing, I was able to experience of all stages of a conveyancing transaction up to completion, and assisted with drafting reports to clients on various aspects of the transaction.
Throughout my seat in Dispute Resolution I have had experience in property litigation, including conducting legal research, drafting correspondence to clients and opponents, and drafting documents in respect of possession proceedings for example.
I have been able to experience three very different seats, and have been able to learn, develop and take away skills that are transferable to any area of the law.
Find out more about our training contracts, the application process and other trainees experiences here. Our application process for our training contracts closes on 30th April 2021.
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