Being a trainee solicitor with a firm that specialises in family law offers a unique and focused approach to the start of my life as a solicitor.
I have always wanted to specialise in family law but I never thought that I would be fortunate enough to train with a firm which only undertakes work in this area and has specialist lawyers who are leaders in their field.
I started working for The Family Law Company in July 2015 as a paralegal and used this opportunity to build my practical knowledge of family law and legal aid. I was then offered a training contract and began this in July 2018. In order to complete a training contract, a trainee solicitor traditionally does three to four ‘seats’, to experience different areas of law. I feel lucky that I have been able to focus on family law and be in a position to use my training seats to explore different areas of specialisms within this field.
I also undertook a secondment with a fantastic firm in Plymouth, where I trained in residential and commercial property. This was a brilliant experience; the knowledge I gained compliments my other training and I have used this regularly alongside any divorce and finance work.
Since returning from secondment, I have trained in:
- Public law children
- Private law children
- Divorce and finance
- International children law including child abduction and Hague Convention proceedings
In addition to the formal training contract, The Family Law Company is also very supportive of my personal development and networking. I am the diversity officer on the Devon and Somerset Junior Lawyer Division (JLD) Committee. I am also on the DASLS International Sub-Committee and have represented DASLS at The Federation of European Bars conference in Bologna.
I am a member of Resolution, which is a network of family lawyers who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. In support of this, I also sit on the YRes Devon Committee and I am a member of the National Committee of YRes, which means that I go to London regularly and meet with other National Committee members from across the country.
I feel incredibly privileged to be undertaking my training with The Family Law Company and I am excited to embark on the next stage of my career in January 2020, when I qualify as a solicitor.