Working in a Law Firm

Posted: 6th June 2017

I joined EMG Solicitors in September last year after graduating from Northumbria University with a law degree . I studied for my law degree every evening whilst working full time and I am continuing to study for my post graduate legal practice course part time whilst working at EMG which will hopefully eventually see me qualify as a solicitor.

I initially worked in hospitality and then moved to the motor industry where I worked my way up from working on the factory floor to the position of area manager. With this kind of background, you can imagine the stark contrast I’ve experienced since joining a law firm! However, there are many aspects that are interchangeable, especially the ability to build that all important rapport with clients in order to find them the right solution.

Joining EMG has been far better than I could have imagined because the opportunities and experiences I have had are invaluable. I have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise from my supervisors who are incredibly supportive and approachable placing me at the forefront of every matter, not just on the photocopier out the back!

As baton holders for the charity Headway we all get involved and work together to raise funds. Pancake day saw the big pancake race around the office and the award for the “biggest tosser.” Of course, there were many pancakes hurt that day, but as a full team we are all going to be burning those pancakes off at the Stockton River Rat Race where we’ll again be raising funds for Headway.

My first seat has been with the Residential Conveyancing Team and the Wills, Trusts and Probate Team. This has been a great seat to start with as the work is so varied. I have been working on sale and purchase, unregistered land, wills and trusts, inheritance tax planning and probate matters which range from the smallest strip of land to high value and complex estates. This has given me a great understanding of the processes, requirements and needs of each individual client.

As many things overlap, this has led to me working closely with the Litigation Team where I’ve sat behind counsel in court. It has highlighted the consequences of not seeking the correct advice initially and reinforced to me the importance of providing the utmost expertise and client care to every client. The depth of knowledge and experience from the team at EMG is second to none and I feel privileged that I am learning my ‘trade’ from such dedicated, passionate and experienced professionals. Its not just me that thinks so – we are shortlisted for no less than three awards at the Northern Law Awards this year and I can’t wait to attend the dinner on 1 June to see who has won!

I look forward to seeing my training progress and embracing new experiences and the challenges to come.