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23 August 2017 0 Comments
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Making the jump from trainee solicitor to NQ

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Six months in to my NQ role and I have a mountain to reflect on, and now I am eager to tell you what riches await you at the end of your training contract.

As part of the Royds Withy King trainee solicitor intake of 2015, I completed three seats before I took the opportunity to qualify into our Dispute Resolution team in March of this year. Six months in and I have a mountain to reflect on, and now I am eager to tell you what riches await you at the end of your training contract.

The first six months..

Firstly, I must say, it doesn’t feel like six months but more like two years…in a good way. I have been involved in and taken on a plethora of cases across a range of sectors. My work has involved high value banking disputes and healthcare litigation to the negotiation of high-profile sports contracts and transfers. I have learned a vast amount and received an immense level of support. I already feel like I have always been at this desk in this team. I can barely remember the constant niggling doubts I endured during my training contract and my confidence, responsibility and independence has multiplied exponentially.

For me, the day I qualified was, of course, a great celebration but also a bizarre feeling. I just didn’t feel any different at first. I worried a bit that suddenly I would be expected to achieve great things with no safety net. Thankfully, I was only partly right. I was expected to achieve great things, encouraged to contribute ideas to the team and pushed to do better but I still have a number of colleagues willing and ready to support and school me when I need guidance.

It is only now, due to writing this blog, that I realise the transition has been and gone. It was easy because of my experience and the training I gained from the leaders around me. I have already settled matters, mediated matters and resolved disputes with commercial solutions. However, I am still training and gaining experience to work towards being recognised as a specialist solicitor; a leader in my field.

Looking to the future

Whilst my matter list increases and I gain experience in many different areas, I am keeping a closer eye on my business development activity. Now is the time to gain new clients, grow my network through digital marketing and offline activities, and hit my targets. I take on more responsibility as time passes, which involves drafting new policies, representing the team in firm-wide initiatives and projects, providing training and presentations to the team and contributing to the focussed growth of sector-specific areas.

It is also time to relax a bit, enjoy team building days, nights out and lunches with my new work buddies!

So, just as qualification was only six months ago, I am already looking six months ahead and working towards the next chapter, in what is proving to be a rewarding and challenging career. You will have it all to look forward to and, although I am clearly biased, it will be that much sweeter when you train at Royds Withy King.

Find out more about the work Sheridan and our Dispute Resolution team does here.

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