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End of the year reflection

End of the year reflection

Since my first post for Band Hatton Button's Trainee Blog in mid-2016, I've been really pleased to see my fellow trainee's Sunny and Aimee contribute their thoughts to the blog. Both of them are at different stages of their training and I hope that any readers have found their contributions helpful. When the blog was first discussed, the aim was to provide an insight into life as a trainee solicitor to help those looking to start a career in law. I think our first few posts have done just that!

Since the first post, my qualification has been brought forward to January 2017 and I will be joining the commercial property department. It is a challenge I am greatly looking forward to, in an area of practice I really enjoy and which suits my skillset well. So this will be my last post as a trainee solicitor! However, I am planning to write another blog post a few months after qualification to give my thoughts on my early days as a newly qualified solicitor. In the long term, I am sure my colleagues will keep the blog up to date with content as they themselves work towards qualification.

Looking back on my final seat in our litigation department, I've very much enjoyed my time there. The work has been varied, including advising clients on lease disputes, contractual disputes, residential possession & rent arrears claims, trespass claims, commercial lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and many more. A particular highlight would be attending court on various matters, which having spent my past two seats in non-contentious departments, was a real 'eye-opener'.

The experience will also benefit my commercial property knowledge. As having seen the litigious side of commercial property matters, it will help me to advise clients of the issues that can arise. For example, common disputes that arise during a lease term between a landlord and a tenant.

On a separate note, I was delighted to have been named Warwickshire Junior Lawyers Division Trainee Solicitor of the year 2016. It was great to receive recognition from my fellow young lawyers in the wider region.

I was also a finalist for the Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyer of the year 2016, alongside my colleague in litigation, Kristy Ainge. Unfortunately, neither Kristy or I were successful, but to be named 2nd and 3rd respectively was still a great achievement for us. I know from working with Kristy, who has really helped me in my litigation seat, that she is an excellent solicitor and I am very grateful for her time over the past few months.

Overall, it's been a fantastic final few months of the year and I am excited to start my role as a solicitor in January 2017 with Band Hatton Button.

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