Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to participate in the Leathes Prior Solicitors summer vacation scheme. The scheme was run virtually and provided an incredible insight into the firm itself and life as a trainee. I was able to spend time in the Commercial Property, Family and Corporate Commercial departments which each provided me with an opportunity to take on tasks which strengthened legal research and drafting skills. A massive thank you to all the partners, trainees and supervisors who - despite the current challenges with COVID-19 - made the experience so wonderful. I’m very grateful and have come away feeling even more motivated as I continue with my degree and take the next steps to becoming a trainee.
The vacation scheme provided an invaluable insight into what to expect from a law career in the future. It was a fantastic opportunity to work alongside staff at all levels, and gain hands on experience across multiple sectors within the firm. Everybody was friendly and encouraging which made me feel instantly at ease and a valued member of the team. In my experience a vacation scheme is an excellent way of identifying whether you are a good fit for the firm and whether they are a good fit for you. By the end of the week I knew that Leathes Prior were the right firm for me and am absolutely delighted to have started my training contract with them. I am incredibly excited for what the future has to hold and would thoroughly recommend others who are passionate about pursuing a career in law to follow in my footsteps and apply for a vacation scheme here.
Throughout my vacation scheme with Leathes Prior I was made to feel included by the solicitors supervising me as well as by the firm's support staff. The friendly atmosphere was a big selling point when it came to applying for a training contract. The work I was given was stimulating and provided me with practical experience of a number of different practice areas. It was also indicative of the firm's practice of affording early responsibility to its junior lawyers. For these reasons, I would wholeheartedly recommend applying for a vacation scheme with Leathes Prior.
Thank you for the opportunity of work experience at Leathes Prior, I have thoroughly enjoyed the week. I felt very welcome from the first day, with everyone I met being very open and helpful. Sitting in a different team each day allowed for a wide variety of opportunities, from attending client meetings to drafting a will. Work experience at Leathes Prior allowed for real involvement into the work and life of the firm and gave me an insight into what the firm is really about. I do not think that I have anything negative to say about the experience and I would not hesitate to recommend participating in work experience at Leathes Prior.
Leathes Prior has shown itself as an incredibly friendly firm with a very helpful approach to those it invites to undertake work experience here. The excellently organised work experience at the firm meant that I had access to as many areas of the law as possible, including corporate, conveyancing and litigation, and my work has varied from drafting deeds to going to a trial. Everyone, from trainees to partners, has been eager to involve me in the work they have done and given me the responsibility to undertake proper legal work and complete tasks myself. I would like to thank Leathes Prior for the excellent experience they have given me this past week.
Research, communication, listening, drafting and problem solving are just a few of many skills that I genuinely feel I have enhanced as a result of my work placement with Leathes Prior. Thank you!
My tasks for the day included producing a letter updating a client on the progress of an application for deputyship and further letters to various banks and building societies requesting that assets be released to the estate. I also had the opportunity to witness a will. I was instantly appreciative of being given genuine work to do, a theme that would characterise the entire week with Leathes Prior.
Without exaggeration, my experience at Leathes Prior has surpassed all expectations. The varied and interesting work experience itinerary – which I understand has recently been revised – speaks volumes about both the attitude of the firm and its dedication to ensuring that the candidate experiences real legal work, as opposed to being assigned to photocopying and tea-making duty.
I have learnt so much this week and that is purely because every person that I have spent time with has been willing to teach. Leathes Prior truly is an innovative law firm with a fantastic personality and I am grateful to all who have made this week such a valuable experience.
I would like to thank all the people I have met for being so forthcoming and for providing many insights and tips for a career in the law.